■ Set a firm date for your move.
■ You may want to hire a relocation consultant (particularly if you are moving here from interstate or overseas).
■ Organise a reputable removal company - ask friends or relatives for recommendations.
■ Arrange storage if needed.
■ Organise transit and/or storage insurance for your belongings.
■ Organise your travel for moving day - if you’re moving a distance, you may need to book a hotel or accommodation.
■ If necessary, book time off work.
■ Collect moving materials such as boxes, packing tape, rope, newspapers (for wrapping) and marking pens.
■ Keep a list of incoming mail and start notifying businesses and suppliers of your change of address.
■ Start packing non essential items and clothing - list the items packed on the outside of the box.
■ Contact your utility companies and communication providers (eg Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.)
■ Arrange for disconnection and reconnection of telephone, internet and pay tv services at your new address.
■ Ask someone you really trust to look after the children on moving day.
■ Update insurance policies.
■ Make a list of the items you want the removal company to move and any items you’ll be moving yourself.
■ If you have pets, organise care for them during moving day and make necessary pet transport arrangements.
■ Start cleaning your home.
■ Arrange redirection of mail with Australia Post. You can do this online.
■ Dispose of any hazardous waste in the correct manner.
■ Empty your freezer and pantry by eating all the food!
■ Arrange for bills to be paid.
■ Cancel services such as mowing service, newspapers and other home delivery services.
■ Confirm arrangements with utility companies.
■ Put important documents such as passports, drivers licences in a safe place.
■ Finish packing - make sure all boxes are correctly labelled with contents and rooms.
■ Return library books and DVDs and pick up any dry cleaning.
■ If packing all your stuff has left you with piles of rubbish, take it to the nearest tip.
■ Pack up your computer (if you can do without it for that long!). Keep all cords and accessories together.
■ Make sure the house is clean. At this busy time it might be worth hiring a cleaner to finish for you.
■ Strip the beds and keep the linen in a separate box that travels with you so you can use them on the first night.
■ Disconnect remaining appliances.
■ Do one final check of your house as the removal company are loading your boxes.
■ Have final payment ready for your removal company.
■ Read the removal company document thoroughly before signing and save it for future reference.
■ Stay home until the last item is packed and make an inspection of the van to check all your goods are loaded.
■ Close and lock all the doors and windows.
■ Make sure you have the keys to your new home with you.
■ Carry valuables, personal items and important papers with you so they don’t get lost.
■ Pack a kit for the first hours in your new home - include tea / coffee, kettle, mugs, teaspoons, water bottle, etc.