So, you’ve found a new place and have a moving date locked in. Now it's time to get organised. Print out a copy of this list and tick each box off as you complete the task.
4 Weeks Before the Move
Obtain removalist quotes through eMove. Organise removalist insurance through eMove. More details?
Get eMove to organize utility connection of phone, gas end electricity, internet and PayTV. More details?
Need to hire furniture? Do it with eMove.
Settle any outstanding bills.
Create an inventory list of items you want to move. Separate moving items into categories, such as "moving", "storage" "disposal", "giveaway", and "garage sale".
Moving to a new city? Research it: where is the local supermarket, hospital, and petrol station, for instance? Check local schools and child care facilities in the new area. Arrange the transfer of your children's school records to the new school.
Back up your computer hard drive. Ensure that both the printer and scanner are able to be packed securely for travel.
Pick up your family's dental, school, vet and medical records.
Formally notify your landlord of the date you’re vacating the premises.
Arrange for a property inspection to recoup the bond.
Through eMove, organise for the apartment to be cleaned before the inspection.
Use eMove to review your home and contents and car insurance.
3 Weeks Before the Move
Begin packing items that are rarely used, such as those stored in your basement, garage or attic. Use eMove to get help with packing, storage, and boxes.
For unwanted items, consider a charity or a garage sale.
Use eMove to arrange rubbish removal.
Drain and disassemble waterbeds for easy transport.
Disassemble any built-in fixtures and fittings ready for transport.
Disassemble outdoor items, such as a swing set and cubby house. Place all bolts, brackets and screws in a labeled, sealed container for safekeeping.
Disassemble all prefabricated furniture — such as a computer desk or sewing machine desk — for transport.
If necessary, open new bank accounts and other required services such as safety deposit boxes and Post Office boxes.
If you own a pet, get records, medical history, and immunisation certificates from your vet. Have your pet ready for collection as close to moving time as possible. Make sure your pet has a familiar toy for reassurance during the trip.
Move valuables to a safety deposit box. Remember to take these out of the safety deposit box just before moving day.
Make your travel arrangements — plan your route, stops, and accommodation.
Plan to have sufficient cash to cover the move.
Confirm your moving schedule with your new real estate agent or landlord. Arrange interim accommodation if needed.
Separate the boxes and luggage required for yourself and your family.
Use eMove to organize temporary or permanent storage if necessary.
Use eMove to hire a Ute, truck or trailer.
Service your car, lawnmower, and other mechanical assets. Drain oil to avoid leakage.
NOTE: The following are classed as dangerous goods and cannot be stored or transported:
Ammunition; new or partially used cans of paint; Linseed oil; bleach products; gas cylinders (unless emptied); turpentine; kerosene; petrol; cleaning fluids; aerosols of any kind; vegetable oils; and chemical sets.
2 Weeks Before the Move
Review the Other Helpful Services on eMove to ensure you get all necessary assistance.
Return videos, DVDs, and library books.
Plan for any special needs of children and pets prior to, during, and after the move, such as medication, food, care, or entertainment.
Hold your garage sale.
Create an inventory list for each box while you’re packing. Attach it as you pack. Make a copy for every box.
Final Week Before the Move
Take advantage of eMove’s cost savings, discounts, and deals to arrange disconnection and reconnection of phone, gas and electricity.
Make plans for spending your last night at your old address: how you will say your last goodbyes?
Collect your spare keys and give them to the real estate agent or new tenant.
Use the eMove Notification Service to update major service providers of your change of address.
Use the eMove e-Card to tell your friends, family and small business contacts (accountant, lawyer, financial planner) your new address.
Plan to use any remaining food in your refrigerator.
Make sure meals are prepared for moving day and the day after.
Defrost and clean refrigerator.
Take valuables out of the safety deposit box.
Pack your personal luggage last. Carry jewellery and valuable documents yourself or send them using registered mail.
Moving House Day
Check all the cupboards before you leave.
Take five minutes to stroll around for one final check.
Remove the electric garage door opener from the car before you drive off.
After Moving Day
Use the eMove Change of Address Notification Service to finish alerting major service providers of your change of address.
Use the eMove eCard to finish notifying friends, family and small business contacts of your change of address.
Tell everyone you know — and your new neighbours — about eMove!