The Ultimate Moving House Checklist + Printable PDF

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The Ultimate Moving House Checklist + Printable PDF

Moving to a new home? It can be super exciting, but let's be real, it can also get overwhelming with a million things to remember, am I right? Don't worry though, we've got you covered! We've put together the ultimate moving checklist to help you stay organized and make sure you don't miss a thing.

This super handy moving house checklist will walk you through every step of the process, from the initial planning stages to settling into your new, cozy home sweet home. Whether you're a moving newbie or a seasoned pro, trust me, this checklist is an absolute game-changer. It's like having a reliable friend right there with you, giving you guidance every step of the way.

So, get ready to tackle your next move like a champ. Let's do this!

 4-6 weeks before the move checklist

1. Planning and organisation

  • Create a moving binder or digital folder: This will serve as a central hub for storing all your documents, receipts, and checklists related to your move. It'll provide you with a handy and organised way to access and manage all your moving-related paperwork.
  • Research and choose a moving company: Get quotes from several moving companies. Check out their ratings and insurance policies. At Movingle, we've made it easy to find top-notch movers. Just give us your moving date, items to move, current location, and destination. Then, relax and let the removalists come to you. Our goal is to make your move as stress-free as possible.
  • Inventory your belongings: Create a comprehensive inventory of the important items you intend to relocate and determine which ones you can sell, donate, or discard.
  • Start a moving budget: Take into account the fees charged by the moving company, the cost of packing supplies, travel expenses, and any unanticipated costs that may arise.
  • Storage Solutions: If you're in a situation where you're transitioning or downsizing, consider exploring local storage facilities. They can truly be a saviour in times of need!

2. Begin decluttering

See our great decluttering tips article for help on decluttering.

  • Start with storage areas: Declutter the attic, basement, garage, and shed to create more space.
  • Go room by room: Make deliberate choices about what to keep, what to sell, what to donate, and what to discard.
  • Organise a garage sale: Decluttering can not only help you streamline your belongings but also generate funds for the upcoming move.
  • Dispose of items responsibly: Contribute to sustainability by recycling, donating, or responsibly disposing of unwanted items.
  • Get rid of the big junk: Arrange for professional rubbish removal services or take advantage of your local council's free collection service to dispose of larger items, such as old broken furniture or mattresses.

3. Packing supplies and initial packing

  • Purchase or gather packing supplies: Our comprehensive moving supplies list includes everything you need: moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and labels. For assistance in selecting the perfect moving boxes, take a look at our article, "The Moving Box Sizes Guide." It's your go-to resource for making the right choice!
  • Begin packing non-essential items: You can get a head start by packing away seasonal decorations, infrequently used kitchen items, books, and any other belongings that won't be needed in the coming month.

4. Address and notifications

  • Notify important parties of your upcoming move: This includes employers, educational institutions, and any other relevant places.
  • Start the change of address process: Inform the post office about your upcoming relocation.
  • Update subscriptions and memberships: Update your address for magazine subscriptions and other recurring deliveries.

5. Utilities and services

  • Schedule utility disconnects: This includes vital utilities like water, gas, electricity, internet services, and home phone connections. It's all the stuff we need to keep our homes running smoothly and stay connected!
  • Set up utilities at your new home: Make sure everything's in working order before you move in. It's a great chance to compare your utility providers with others in the market, see if you can snag a better rate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

6. Medical and pets

  • Transfer medical records: When moving, inform your healthcare providers and arrange for smooth transfer of medical records to your new team. Ensure seamless care transition and a hassle-free experience with new doctors.
  • Refill prescriptions: Please ensure that you have an adequate supply of medication to last until you are able to establish medical care in your new location.
  • Plan for pet relocation: If you're thinking about using a pet moving service, it's a good idea to book as early as you can. Or, if you're handling your pet's relocation yourself, make sure you've got all the necessary supplies for a smooth transition. We're here to help make it easier for you and your furry friend!

7. Personal records and documents

  • Gather important documents: Make sure you've got your birth certificates, passports, insurance policies, titles, and other important documents neatly organized and personally carried with you. It's all about keeping them safe and sound, and making life a little more convenient! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Photograph valuable items: To make sure you have enough insurance coverage, it's a good idea to have recent photos of your valuable possessions. It helps in case you ever need to make a claim!

8. Insurance

  • Sort out home and contents Insurance: When you're getting ready for a new chapter, make sure to give your insurance company a heads up in advance and make any necessary adjustments to your policies. It's always a good idea to set up your new insurance policy ahead of time so you have immediate coverage. And don't forget to keep your important documents safe and easily accessible!
  • Moving transit Insurance: You can usually get transit insurance from your moving company, but it's worth researching independent providers for better coverage. Compare policies, read the fine print, and consider the value and nature of your items. Rest assured, everything is covered, even the smallest details.

9. Miscellaneous

  • Service your vehicle: Before embarking on a long drive, it is crucial to ensure that your vehicle is in optimal condition for the journey ahead.
  • Book travel arrangements: If you plan on flying or staying in hotels during your move, it is advisable to make reservations in advance.
  • Start using up perishables: Start using up food, cleaning supplies, and other perishables that you won't be taking with you. Make sure to consume or dispose of them before you move.
  • Confirm key collection and settlement date: Make sure to get in touch with your lawyer, conveyancer, or real estate agent to double-check the scheduled time for key collection and the settlement date. These details are really important and will help you stay on top of your moving day preparations.

 2-4 weeks before the move checklist

1. Continue packing

  • Pack infrequently used items: Start by packing non-essential items that you may use occasionally, such as extra kitchenware, most of your clothes, and hobby-related stuff.
  • Label boxes: Label each box clearly with contents and designated room in your new home. Streamline the moving process with distinctively colored labels for each room. This simple strategy ensures a smooth relocation experience!
  • Prepare an essentials box: Prepare a box with essential items for your arrival, including toiletries, spare clothes, medications, chargers, and basic kitchen supplies. It will greatly facilitate your settling-in process and prevent any last-minute inconveniences!

2. Confirm moving logistics

  • Confirm arrangements with movers: If you have enlisted the services of professional removalists, it is advisable to reach out and confirm the date, time, and other vital details for your upcoming move. Taking this precautionary step ensures peace of mind and ensures that all arrangements are properly coordinated.
  • Arrange for parking: Ensure that you have ample space for the moving truck at both your current and future residences. It may be necessary to arrange permits or reserve parking spaces, but these steps are integral to the overall moving process.
  • Plan the moving day layout: Visualize the ideal starting point for the movers, showering extra care on those cherished belongings, and strategize the seamless integration of everything into the truck. Effortlessly smooth sailing!

3. Home-related tasks

  • Begin cleaning: Why not start tackling the rooms you've already packed up? Trust me, it's a clever move that'll save you loads of time on moving day. And you'll thank yourself later, I promise! ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Make minor repairs: If you're getting ready to move out of a rented place and excited about getting your deposit refund, or if you've recently sold your home and taken on some repairs, now's the perfect time to get those tasks done! 

4. Personal and family preparations

  • Transfer school records: When you're relocating with children, it's crucial to verify if their new school has all the required documentation. This will ensure that everything is in order and facilitate a seamless transition to their new educational setting.
  • Pet preparations: Make sure to confirm all travel arrangements for your pets and have essential items, such as carriers or calming remedies, prepared and ready. This will ensure a smooth and stress-free journey for your furry companions.
  • Notify friends and family: Inform your loved ones about your relocation and furnish them with your updated address.

5. Changing address and admin tasks

  • Change your address: Don't forget to give a heads up to banks, credit card companies, insurance providers, and other important services about your move. It's always good to keep them in the loop!
  • Return borrowed items: This includes books from the library, as well as anything else you might have borrowed from your neighbours or friends.
  • Collect items: Go and grab your dry cleaning, items from storage, or anything else you've stashed outside your home. Let's reunite with your belongings!

6. Preparing new home

  • Check access: Make sure you've got the keys, codes, or any other way to get into your new home. 
  • Connect essential services: Don't forget to get your water, electricity, and gas set up for your move-in day.
  • Safety check: Inspect smoke alarms, security systems, and any safety features in your new home.
  • Pre-move visits: If your new home is close by, why not make a few pre-move visits? This lets you measure the spaces and ensure your larger belongings fit the new floor plan perfectly. It's a great way to ensure a smooth transition and maximize your new living space.

7. Miscellaneous

  • Dispose of hazardous materials: Just a heads up, there are certain items like paint, propane tanks, and specific cleaning supplies that we can't transport in the moving truck. It's best to either use them up or dispose of them properly. 
  • Back up your computer: It's super important to make sure you protect and back up all your digital data to keep it safe and sound. 
  • Separate valuables: Make sure to set aside your valuable items like jewellery, important documents, and other precious belongings for extra care during the move. 

 1 Week vefore the move checklist

1. Finalise packing

  • Finish packing most items: By now, most of your stuff should be nicely packed up in boxes, except for the things you can't live without and use every day. 
  • Prepare a suitcase: Get your suitcase ready like you're about to embark on a week-long adventure. This way, you'll have easy access to your clothes and essentials during the days surrounding your move, making the transition a breeze!
  • Prepare appliances: Before you go ahead and move your appliances, it's a good idea to defrost the freezer and give the fridge a thorough cleaning. Oh, and don't forget to make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are empty and in tip-top condition. Happy moving!

2. Confirm moving details

  • Re-confirm with movers: Check the arrival times and go over any last-minute details. Just making sure everything's on track and good to go! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘
  • Prepare payment: When you're using a moving service, it's important to have your payment ready to go. Make sure you've got some cash, a check, or any other way you'd like to pay. This way, everything will go smoothly and you'll be all set!
  • Prepare for unexpected weather: Make sure you check the forecast for your moving day. If they're predicting rain or bad weather, it's always a good idea to be prepared with some plastic sheeting, mats, or even extra umbrellas, just in case!

3. House preparations

  • Finish any cleaning: As you leave, let's make sure we keep our rooms, hallways, and common areas clean and tidy. It'll create a pleasant experience for everyone. So, let's keep those spaces spotless! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงน
  • Dispose of trash: Don't forget to chuck out all the rubbish before the big moving day!
  • Separate items to transport personally: Make sure to set aside any boxes or items you're planning to transport yourself, so they don't accidentally end up on the moving truck. We wouldn't want anything important to get mixed up in the shuffle!

4. Personal preparations

  • Refill prescriptions: Make sure you've got all the meds you need for the next two weeks.
  • Prepare meals: When you're almost done packing and your kitchenware is all packed away, it's a good idea to think about easy meals to have. Oh, and don't forget to keep takeout options in mind for moving day!
  • Childcare/Pet care: If you can, think about arranging for someone to look after your children or pets while you're in the middle of moving. It can make the whole process a lot smoother and less stressful for everyone involved!

5. Double-check details for the new place

  • Re-confirm utilities: Make sure all utilities are up and running and good to go when you arrive.
  • Plan the layout: Hey, before you dive into unloading, take a sec to plan where you want those bigger furniture pieces to go. Trust me, it'll make the whole process a breeze for you!
  • Check access routes: Make sure you've got a nice, clear path for getting those big items into your new home. You wouldn't want any unexpected obstacles, right? Let's make it a smooth move! ๐Ÿ˜„

6. Documentation and essentials

  • Keep essential documents accessible: This includes things like identification, moving paperwork, property documents, and any other important paperwork you might need.
  • Charge electronics: Make sure your phones, laptops, and other devices are fully charged before moving day. It'll save you some hassle!

7. Miscellaneous

  • Return items: If you've borrowed stuff like tools or dishes from your neighbours, it's probably a good time to give them back. They'll appreciate it!
  • Retrieve items: Collect any last-minute items from places like the dry cleaner or repair shops.
  • Drain equipment: If you're moving lawn equipment, empty them of fuel.

The day before the move checklist:

1. Final packing check

  • Pack last-minute items: These are usually personal essentials you've been using up to the day of the move, such as toiletries, chargers, and a change of clothes.
  • Set aside important documents: This includes your moving truck reservation, IDs, and any other essential papers.
  • Check all rooms and closets: Do a sweep to make sure nothing has been overlooked or left behind.
  • Prepare an essentials box/bag: This should have everything you need for the first day/night in your new place (toothbrush, pyjamas, important medications, snacks, toilet paper, etc.).

2. Prep work for removalists or helping friends

  • Dismantle furniture: Take apart any furniture that needs disassembly for the move. Keep screws and fittings in labelled bags.
  • Clear paths: Ensure that hallways and paths are free of clutter or obstacles to make moving easier and safer.
  • Designate a no-pack zone: If there are items you're transporting yourself, place them in a specific area and inform movers or helpers to leave them be.
  • Confirm start time: Reach out to your moving company or friends/helpers to confirm the start time and any last-minute details.

3. Home maintenance

  • Empty and defrost the refrigerator: Clean it and leave it open to dry.
  • Disconnect appliances: Turn off and unplug appliances like the washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher.
  • Final trash disposal: Make sure all trash is disposed of, and nothing is left in the bins.

4. Personal preparations

  • Charge your devices: Ensure your phone and other essential electronics are fully charged.
  • Prepare food and drinks: Have easy breakfast items for the morning and consider ordering takeout for the evening meal. Ensure you have snacks and drinks for moving day.
  • Pack a personal bag: Apart from the essentials box, have a small bag with personal items you'll want close at hand (wallet, keys, phone and charger).

5. New home preparations

  • Check the route: If you're driving, double-check the route to your new home, considering traffic and any potential disruptions.
  • Coordinate key pickup: If you haven't already, make sure you've got the keys or access to your new place.
  • Communicate with the new place: If you're moving into a shared building, it's a good idea to give your neighbours or the management a heads-up about your move. This way, we can all work together to keep any disruptions to a minimum.

6. Emotional prep

  • Say final goodbyes: Spend some quiet moments in your soon-to-be-old home, reminiscing about memories. If moving far, say goodbye to neighbours.
  • Rest: It’s going to be a long day ahead. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

7. Miscellaneous

  • Set alarms: You'll want to start early, so set an alarm to ensure you're up and ready.
  • Check the weather: Look at the forecast for moving day and make any necessary adjustments to your plan (like keeping rain covers handy).
  • Prepare payment: If using professional movers, ensure you have a way to pay them, be it cash, check, or another form.

By the end of this day, everything should be ready to go. The more you manage to accomplish on this day, the smoother the moving day will likely be. Remember to take a few moments for yourself amidst the chaos—it's a significant transition, after all!

Moving day checklist

1. Morning preparations

  • Wake up early: Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to handle any unexpected hiccups that may come your way.
  • Dress comfortably: Choose right attire for lifting and moving.
  • Eat a good breakfast: Boost your energy for the day ahead.
  • Last-minute packing: Alright, time to gather up all the toiletries, bedding, and any other stuff you used last night. Let's get everything packed up!
  • Set aside important items: Make sure you've got all your must-haves like wallets, keys, phones, and important documents in a bag or container that's easy peasy to reach.
  • Do a final walkthrough: Don't forget anything in closets, drawers, or rooms.
  • Prep appliances: Disconnect and defrost fridge and freezer if not done yet.

2. When the movers arrive (if you're using a moving company):

  • Confirm details: Make sure the moving truck that arrives is from the company you hired.
  • Offer refreshments: It's really nice to have water or snacks available, you know? Just a small gesture that goes a long way!
  • Stay present: Stay around so you can point out the items that require special care or have specific instructions. Just a friendly heads-up!

3. Loading the moving truck (if moving yourself)

  • Prioritise items: Start by loading the items you need the least first, like seasonal stuff.
  • Protect furniture: Make sure you use moving blankets or bubble wrap. 
  • Secure items: Make sure to use straps or ropes to keep things from moving around while you're transporting them. It's a handy way to make sure everything stays in place!
  • Valuable items: Make sure to keep your valuable items with you instead of putting them on the moving truck. It's just a little tip to help ensure everything stays safe and sound! 

4. Before leaving the old house

  • Utilities: Just a friendly reminder, make sure to turn off all switches and firmly close the water taps. 
  • Lock up: Make sure to lock all the doors and windows, just to be on the safe side.
  • Leave keys: If required, leave the keys as pre-arranged, possibly with the real estate agent or the new owners.
  • Take photos: Make sure to snap a quick picture of the property before you leave, especially if it's a rental. It's always a good idea to have a record, just in case! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ“ธ

5. At the new house

  • Inspect the property: Make sure to give things a quick once-over for any damages or issues before you start moving them. 
  • Direct the movers: Just show them where each box or piece of furniture should go, like you're having a friendly chat.
  • Begin with essentials: Make sure you get the beds and essential furniture set up first, so you have a cozy spot to crash and recharge. 
  • Check utilities: Just double-check that the electricity, water, and heating are all working fine. 
  • Unpack a basic kitchen set: Being able to whip up a quick meal or snack can be super handy.

6. End of day

  • Dispose of packing materials: When you're done with your boxes, make sure to break them down and gather up the waste. It's a simple step that helps keep things tidy and organized.
  • Settle in: No need to unpack everything on the first day. Just focus on the essentials and make sure you've got a comfy spot to catch some Z's.
  • Thank the movers: If they've done a great job, make sure to thank them for their great work.  You should totally let them know that you're planning to leave an awesome online review! It's a small gesture to show your appreciation and it means a lot! 
  • Order in: If you're feeling exhausted and don't have the energy to cook, why not treat yourself by ordering from a nearby restaurant? It's all about indulging in a little convenience and enjoying a well-deserved break!

7. Security measures

  • Check locks: Make sure all external doors and windows lock securely. And hey, if you're not sure who might've had access to keys before, it's not a bad idea to consider changing the locks. Better safe than sorry, right?
  • Familiarise yourself: Make sure you're familiar with the exits and entrances of your new home. It's always handy to know your way around.

Just a friendly reminder, while this list is comprehensive, every move has unique aspects, so make sure to add any requirements to the checklist to fit your specific situation. And hey, moving day rarely goes perfectly, but staying calm and flexible can help smooth over any bumps in the road. Your positive attitude can make all the difference!

Post-move checklist

1. Unpacking & setting up

  • Begin with essentials: Unpack your essentials box/bag first to have immediate access to necessary items.
  • Plan the unpacking: Start with larger items and furniture placement, then move to boxes room by room.
  • Set up large appliances: If they weren't installed by movers, get your fridge, washing machine, dryer, etc., up and running.
  • Assemble furniture: Rebuild any furniture you had to dismantle for the move.

2. Home systems & maintenance

  • Check utilities: Make sure water, electricity, gas, and internet are all functioning correctly.
  • Test home security: If your new place has a security system, ensure it's operational.
  • Locate the fuse box and water meter: It's essential to know where these are in case of emergencies.

3. Address updates & notifications

  • Update your address: If not done earlier, notify banks, the post office, insurance providers, and other essential services of your new address.
  • Register to vote: Update your voting address.
  • Transfer medical records: If you've switched medical practitioners, ensure your new doctor has all the necessary information.
  • Update pet details: If your pets have microchips, update the registered address.

4. Neighborhood & community

  • Meet the neighbours: Introduce yourself to your immediate neighbours. It’s always good to establish a friendly rapport.
  • Explore the area: Familiarise yourself with local amenities, parks, shops, and restaurants.
  • Find essential services: Locate the nearest hospital, pharmacy, police station, and other crucial service points.

5. Shopping & stocking up

  • Groceries: Your fridge and pantry will likely be empty, so do a significant grocery shop to stock up.
  • Home supplies: You might need new items for your home, like curtains, storage solutions, or additional furniture.

6. Organisational tasks

  • Sort out moving expenses: Keep receipts and documentation, especially if your move is work-related, for tax purposes.
  • Review your moving company: If you used a professional service, leave a review or provide feedback.
  • Change locks: For security reasons, consider changing the locks on your new home if it's a previously owned property.

7. Personal well-being

  • Take a break: Moving is stressful, so ensure you take some time to relax and enjoy your new space.
  • Re-establish routines: Whether it's a workout schedule, morning routine, or meal planning, getting back into your routines can help you feel settled.
  • Throw a housewarming party: Once you're somewhat settled, consider hosting a casual gathering to celebrate your new home.

8. Miscellaneous

  • Recycle or dispose of packing materials: Break down boxes for recycling. Some moving companies also offer box return or recycling services.
  • Check for left items: Make sure you didn't leave anything behind at your old place, in the moving truck, or in storage.
  • Complete repairs or improvements: If there are small fixes or changes you want in your new home, it's best to handle them sooner rather than later.

Hey, quick reminder that settling in takes time. We all have those urgent tasks, but it's totally fine to spread out the rest over weeks. Trust me, prioritize what's important for your comfort and security, and then tackle the rest at a pace that feels right for you. 

Final thoughts

Moving house is a massive task, but don't worry, you've got this! With some careful planning and organization, you'll handle it like a total pro!

This handy moving checklist is here to help you out, reducing stress and ensuring a smooth transition to your new home sweet home. Remember, every move is different, so feel free to adjust this list to fit your unique needs.

And hey, it's not just about moving your stuff; it's about starting a brand new chapter in your life! So take your time to settle in and before you know it, you'll be saying "home sweet home" in your new place.

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