We've broken down everything you need to do in the lead up to your move and popped it into a printable moving house checklist for you to checkoff as you go!
Moving house is a monster of a task. We're here to make it as easy as possible for you, so we've put together a printable checklist for you here, so you have it on hand as you pack and progress through your move.
Four weeks out from moving day is a good time to start organising your move. Below are some things you can get happening before the excitement of moving day hits.
If you are renting, give notice to your landlord now. Arrange to settle any outstanding debts.
Arrange insurance & storage - Moving insurance for your stuff in the case of loss, theft or damage is generally included with your removalist booking if you have chosen a reputable service. It may pay to call your insurance provider and ask if there is any provisions if you have special items that may require extra protection. Insurance requirements will vary depending on your situation, have a good chat with your insurer to assess your needs for insurance during the move, your existing policy may cover it or you may need to purchase and insurance add-on. Don't forget to consider insuring any items that you may be putting into storage. Take a look at our guide to finding the best self storage here.
Make note of any items that may require additional moving insurance or special freight and/or packaging. Not sure what's covered when you move? Check out our handy guide here.
Downsize - Start making lists of what you want to keep and what you want to purge. The list of things to keep will form an inventory list that will help you track your items, it can become a check-list to make sure you haven't lost anything along the way. Look in every room and cupboard, under the stairs, under your house, the garage, the yard.
Let the purge begin. Start selling stuff you want to sell, have a garage sale, market stall or suitcase rummage. Go to the dump. Donate to charity.
Accommodation - are you moving long distance? Do you need to research any travel or accommodation arrangements? Often the earlier you book travel, the better the deal.
A quick list of other things to start activating could be:
Three weeks away from moving, here are some things you can do:
A fortnight out from your move and you could be getting tired and nervous, but keep the momentum going and make sure you don't forget to do these things!
Eat from your fridge and pantry as much as possible leading up to moving day. Only move the food that you don't get through, or if you can and have the inclination, you can donate it to a charity that supports those in immediate need in your local area. Schedule a grocery delivery to the new property to arrive a few hours after you do on moving day. You will be hungry at some point!
Clean out the fridge and the freezer (and underneath it). How many large appliances can you unplug or disconnect now?
Some things to remember to do now:
Okay, now we are at the pointy end of the situation - but if you are organised, things will go as smoothly as you hope. Now is the time to live basic, use some muscle and call in the help!
Confirm your moving arrangements again and confirm arrival times. Verify the costs and the payment methods and ask for a contact mobile number. Finalise any written directions or inventory lists that you may need to share with them.
Some things to do now are:
First things first, you need a good moving playlist.
Take your cutlery draw to the new house ahead of time, this is especially easy if you use a removable cutlery tray. This means you don't need to pack it and you're essentials are available when you are starving from the hard work of the move and ready for the first meal in the new place.
Stock the bathrooms, toilets and showers with the essentials (one less thing to think about when you are busy and in need!)
Read more in our guide: First night in your new home checklist
Muval connects you instantly with available removalists to transport your items locally or interstate. Get started below:
There are a number of things to keep in mind if you want to find a quality removalist you can trust. This includes checking reviews and insurances, and keeping in mind that “you get what you pay for”.
At Muval our movers are approved through our detailed 7-stage verification process and require a minimum customer rating to retain their place, so you can compare removalists with peace of mind.
This depends whether you’re moving interstate or moving locally. Local moves are calculated on how many hours your move will take. Interstate moves are calculated by how much space your stuff takes up on the truck. You can save money when using a removalist by following a steps. Check them out here.
This depends on a few factors. If you only need to move a few light items down the road, then your mate’s ute will probably suffice - as long as they’re rewarded at the end of the day ;) However if you have a lot of stuff or need to move interstate then you should consider using a quality removalist. There are so many benefits to moving with a removalist. Check out our range of interstate and local removalists here.
A couple of weeks before move day, make sure your connections are set up at your new property – you don’t want to be welcomed to a new house in the dark, with no Wi-Fi! We can help you get connected for your move. Get in touch today and we'll make sure your new home is ready and welcome for its new residents (i.e You!). Give us a bell on 1300 168 825.
As standard, removalists will have their own protections and insurances, but in many cases they don’t automatically extend to customers. This is why we introduced Muval cover, an insurance for moves booked through Muval. You have the option of choosing the items you want to protect during your move for that extra peace of mind. Chat to us today to find out more 1300 168 825.
This usually starts with planning your move. Chapter 3 of our moving house guide has the full process of moving house from 4 weeks before move day, including when to start packing and when and how to book removalists for your move.
If you’ve hired removalists, it’s best to check with them to find out which items they won’t move, however with a little common sense and a bunch of experience under our belts, here is a quick reference list of things that you should not pack when moving with removalists:
There are so many moving parts to think about when moving house (pun intended). The best piece of advice we can give is to start as early as possible. The moment you know you need to move house, put a move date in place and work back from there. In Chapter 1 we’ve outlined the best place to start when moving house.