top of page

Moving House Checklist

Moving house needs plenty of planning, so we have put together a list that might assist you with a stress free move!

6 Weeks To Go

  • Set a moving date and book the revivalists (or friends and family to assist you)

  • Start packing by collecting or ordering removal boxes

  • Organise time off work for the move if necessary

  • If hiring a van or removal company, think about parking outside your old and new home

  • Organise insurance cover notes for your new home

  • Keep a list of incoming mail in the lead up to the move for change of address notices later

  • Collect any change of address forms that come with any of your subscriptions

  • Start keeping a folder with all moving documentation (checklist, quotes, phone numbers etc)

  • Check that all of your larger appliances will fit into your new home

4 Weeks To Go

  • Work out what you don’t want to take with you

  • Sell or donate any unwanted items

  • Arrange a council rubbish collection for anything left over

3 Weeks To Go

Arrange to have your mail redirected (Australia Post has a mail redirection service)

Advise your change of address to:

  • Banks

  • Insurance providers (building, contents, car, life)

  • Private health fund

  • Telephone and internet service providers

  • TV, magazine and other subscriptions

  • Your employer

  • Friends, family and colleagues

  • Doctor/dentist

  • Medicare

  • Relevant state authority for drivers licence and car registration

  • Australian Electoral Commission

  • Centrelink

  • School/TAFE/university

  • Child care centre

  • Accountant/Australian Taxation Office

  • Solicitor

  • Superannuation fund

  • E-tags, tolls and mechanic

  • Vet, microchip registry and local council

2 Weeks To Go

  • Transfer or set up utilities – electricity, water, gas, telephone, internet and pay TV

  • Pack up all items you won’t be using before the move

  • Label boxes clearly with room destination and those that need to be handled with care

  • A good tip is to number your boxes so you can check all have arrived

  • Create a floor plan for removalists (so they know where to put the boxes)

  • Book a locksmith to change locks at your new house on moving day

  • Confirm removalist company booking

  • Collect appliance instructions booklets for the new owners

  • Cancel any regular services such as lawn mowing

1 Week To Go

  • Stop buying food and try to eat from the pantry, fridge and freezer

  • Settle any outstanding bills

  • Back up your computer

  • Set aside bed linen and towels to be used on your first night

1 Day To Go

  • Defrost and empty the fridge and freezer

  • Turn off the washing machine

  • Finish all your packing and make sure the boxes are clearly labelled with any instructions for the removalists


  • Have your handyman kit and folder with moving documentation at hand

  • Continue to check the house for anything you might have missed (high shelves, under the bed, back of drawers)

  • Ensure gas and electricity meters have been read and the telephone, cable and internet disconnected

  • Leave appliance instruction books

  • Leave behind garage door openers and any spare keys for the new owners or return them to your landlord

  • Turn off the power, hot water and gas

  • Check you have left nothing behind

  • Lock all the doors and windows


Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and may not reflect the publisher’s opinion. None of the authors, the publisher or their employees are liable for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions in the publication or any change to information in the publication. This publication or any part of it may be reproduced only with the publisher’s prior permission. It was prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Please consult your financial adviser, broker or accountant before acting on information in this publication.


bottom of page