Moving houses can give you an exciting fresh start, but it also involves a lot of work beyond packing boxes. This process can especially be very stressful if you don’t know where to start or how to go about it. This is why a handy moving-checklist can help.
A checklist for moving houses will help you get organised, making the process more efficient and manageable by breaking down the huge task into smaller parts that you can tick off your list. Here’s where to start:
Let People/Companies Know
Once you decide to move from your current place and you’ve found a new one, you should notify all the key people about your decision. We’re not talking about your friends and family, although out of courtesy, you might want to let them know you’re moving.
We’re talking anyone who should know your new address to communicate with you or to continue a service to your new property.
Key people/companies to let know you’re moving:
- Real estate agent/landlord
- Utility companies (electricity, gas, water)
- Communication companies (internet, phone, mobile, TV subscriptions)
- Financial institutions (banks or loan companies, student debt, tax office, insurance companies)
- Drivers licence update
- Your employer / super fund
- Education (School, childcare etc.)
Your time may be limited, so work out which of these people or companies need to be notified immediately (to continue service in your new property) and which of these can wait until after you move.
This process can take a while, depending on how long you’ve lived at your property, so start by going and getting some moving boxes.
There are some removalist companies that offer a packing service, but if the thought of having strangers looking through your stuff is unappealing, then you need to organise some packing boxes and get to work, allowing up to several weeks.
Start in one room – whichever room seems easiest and make sure you label the box with the room it came from so you know where to put it back when unpacking.
Find a Good Removalist / Storage Company
Whether you’ve decided to hire and truck and move your furniture with some help from friends, or are hiring a removalist company to help you move, do your research first.
Hidden prices and terms can ruin moving day, so make sure you don’t get sprung at the last minute.
Does the removalist have:
- Availabilities when you need them
- Free quotes
- Lots of genuine good reviews or references
- Competitive prices (charged by hourly increments or 15 mins)
- Depot fees
- Experienced movers
- Are they a member of the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA)
- Storage facilities in case you need it
- A physical location
- Big enough truck size, so you don’t have to make multiple trips
If you’re hiring a truck, make sure you do a complete check and a condition report, noting any small damage or scratches, so the company can’t pin them on you after the move and always take out insurance. We recommend choosing the option that minimises the excess too.
It is vital to ensure that you leave behind a clean space when you’re moving, particularly if you really need to make sure you get your bond back. It is advisable to put in a lot of effort with your end of lease cleaning, as the landlord or property manager will judge this.
Areas to focus your cleaning attention on:
- Kitchen (oven, stove, range hood, sink, benches, cupboards)
- Flooring (carpets, floorboards or tiles)
- Family/lounge rooms
- Bathrooms (toilet, shower, bathtub, sinks, cupboards, drawers, ceiling fans)
- Yard (back and front – lawns, weeding, rubbish)
- Damage (repair any damage to floors, doors, walls, fly screens, windows, etc.)
Your lease will usually allow for reasonable wear and tear based on how many years you’ve lived at the property, but this can be open to interpretation, so best not to take too much risk and just leave the property as clean as possible.
If you hate cleaning, or you have way too much to do, then hire a professional exit cleaning company who can offer a guaranteed bond back cleaning service. An end of lease clean is a deep clean once all your furniture and belongings have been removed.
An exit cleaner will ensure every detail is taken care of to the standard expected by a real estate agent or landlord, though they won’t make repairs to damage. That is something you’ll need to organise yourself.
Depending on the end of lease cleaner, they may also offer professional carpet steam cleaning services too, which may be required as part of your lease. This service is worth every cent!