Moving house checklist

The ultimate moving house checklist

Get settled sooner with our customisable moving house checklist.

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Step-by-step moving guide

Pre-moving essentials

4 to 6 weeks to moving day

Focus on decluttering and organising. It’s the perfect time to sort through your belongings, deciding what to keep, donate or sell. Gather quotes from movers and start packing non-essential items. We’ve got what you need for a smooth move.

  • Find and book a removalist
  • Discover the best tips for moving house
  • Find out how much a removalist costs
  • Understand the best way to move interstate in Australia
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organised boxes

Moving month

2 to 4 weeks to moving day

With 2-4 weeks to go, it’s all about packing and notifying. If you’re not getting packers in to pack up your whole house, start boxing up room by room, labelling for ease. Packing smart now means plain sailing on moving day.

  • Purchase moving boxes
  • Find out how best to pack for moving
  • Understand what moving supplies you will need
  • Discover the best way for moving art

Final countdown

1 week to moving day

It’s the final countdown – time for last-minute checks. Confirm arrangements with your movers, prepare an essentials box for moving day, and do a final sweep of the house. Make sure everything is packed and labelled – this is the home stretch to your new beginning.

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moving boxes being loaded in truck

Moving day

The big day!

Moving day is here – make sure your essentials box is handy, check rooms for any overlooked items, and greet your movers with a plan. Keep important documents accessible and channel a positive, calm mindset. Today, your new adventure begins.

  • Find out he best way to move a fridge
  • Things to buy and organise for a new house
  • Effortlessly connect your utilities
  • Connect your internet

Settling in

1 week post-move

Welcome to your new home! Start by unpacking the essentials and gradually setting up each room. Meet your new community and say hello to your neighbours. Take your time unpacking, create a space that feels like home, sit back and enjoy – you did it!

person unpacking

Your customisable moving checklist

Effortlessly manage your move with our interactive checklist. Tailor it to your needs, share it with your family, and enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off each step towards your new home.

Research and select a reputable removalist to help you move house. Get a detailed quote and discuss transit insurance options.

Arrange contents and household insurance for your new home to ensure peace of mind.

Sketch a floor plan of your new home. Measure spaces for furniture, ensuring everything, especially large items like the fridge, will fit comfortably.

List all your possessions, noting their condition. This step is crucial for both organisation and insurance purposes.

Identify items needing extra care during the move – think artwork, heirlooms or delicate electronics.

Now’s the perfect time to lighten your load. Donate, sell or dispose of items you no longer need.

Consult manufacturer guidelines for moving your appliances, especially the washing machine.

Start using up open food items and dispose of anything past its use-by date. Aim to empty your freezer.

Dispose of hazardous materials like garden chemicals and fuel correctly. Don’t forget to sort through these often-overlooked areas.

Create a dedicated folder for all your moving-related documents – quotes, checklists, inventory and insurance papers.

Set up mail redirection or holding services to ensure a seamless transition.

If you have children, arrange for their school, preschool or daycare transfers.

Consider booking a professional team for packing and unpacking if you require extra help.

Update or cancel any newspaper and other subscription services to align with your move date.

If your move involves travel, make sure passports, tickets, visas, currency, credit cards and accommodations are in order.

Now’s the time to return any borrowed library books and DVDs.

Arrange a rubbish collection for large or unwanted items.

Confirm key collection times, settlement dates and legal details with your lawyers or real estate agents.

Plan to personally transport important legal documents, jewellery, and other irreplaceable items.

Schedule any necessary repairs in your current home before moving out.

If you need extra space, research and arrange storage facilities.

Obtain copies of all family and pet medical records and dental and school records to take with you.

If packing yourself, ensure you have all the necessary materials like boxes, bubble wrap, tape and markers. Instead of using newspaper, go for clean white butcher’s paper to keep your stuff from getting dirty.

Begin packing room by room, starting with less frequently used spaces like the guest room or study.

Clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. Consider colour-coding for added efficiency.

Wrap fragile items carefully with bubble wrap or packing paper. Label these boxes as ‘Fragile’ and keep them separate.

Take photos of how your electronics are connected so you can set them up easily in your new home.

Start disassembling larger pieces of furniture. Keep all screws and fittings in labelled bags for easy reassembly.

Properly dispose of or transport any dangerous goods like cleaning chemicals or paint separately.

Use vacuum seal bags for clothing, bedding and other soft items to save space.

Pack valuable and sentimental items separately and plan to transport them with you personally.

Remove any batteries from devices and items that may not be unpacked for a while.

Service your car and drain the lawnmower before moving them.

Notify the Electoral Office and update your driver’s license and car registration with your new address.

If you’re leasing, arrange for a final inspection and book an end-of-lease clean to fulfil your lease obligations.

Ensure all utilities are set to be transferred and activated at your new address.

Double-check your home and contents/car insurance policies for the new location.

Arrange for children and pets to be looked after or have a plan to keep them safe and occupied during the move.

Ensure you have all necessary prescriptions filled for the week before and after the move.

Arrange for final readings of your gas and electricity meters at your old home.

Prepare a ‘Survival Kit’ to be loaded last. Include essentials like a kettle, tea/coffee, breakfast items, children’s toys, pet necessities (like leads), bathroom essentials, medications, snacks, spare light bulbs, scissors, bed sheets and toilet paper.

Review the plan with your movers. Confirm the new address and provide them with any necessary instructions or special requests.

Take highly sentimental and personal items with you in your car to ensure their safety and your peace of mind.

Pack your ‘Survival Kit’ in an easily accessible vehicle.

Do a final walkthrough of your old home to ensure nothing is left behind. Check all rooms, wardrobes, cupboards, drawers and storage areas.

Keep all important documents, like contracts and personal records, with you during the move.

Have water and snacks available for yourself and the movers, especially if it’s a long day.

Upon arrival at your new home, check for any damages or issues that need immediate attention.

Confirm that all utilities are working correctly in your new home.

Start by unpacking your essentials box to make the first few days as comfortable as possible.

Unpack room by room, focusing on setting up key areas like bedrooms and the kitchen first.

Begin reassembling any furniture that was dismantled for the move.

Take some time to explore your new suburb and locate essential services like grocery stores, pharmacies, coffee shops and healthcare providers.

Start personalising your new space to make it feel like home – hang pictures, arrange furniture and decorate.

Introduce yourself to your new neighbours and start building your community network.

Plan and practice your new routes to work and school.

Once settled, take a moment to relax and celebrate your successful move into your new home.


Frequently asked questions

Kick off your moving journey with this detailed checklist and personalised timeline. Starting early and breaking down tasks week-by-week makes planning straightforward and easy-as.

Protect your treasures by wrapping them in bubble wrap or packing paper, using sturdy boxes, and clearly marking them as ‘Fragile’.

No worries! Promptly inform your moving company and utilities. Our flexible tools and services at Happly easily adapt to your new timeline, ensuring a smooth transition regardless of date changes.

Begin with the essentials and gradually set up each room. Our guides help you systematically unpack, making settling in a breeze. Remember, your new home is a canvas for fresh memories!

Stay organised with our checklists, take regular breaks, and remember, Happly is here to streamline your move. Embrace the journey with optimism, and let us handle the complexities.

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