Moving houses, apartments, suburbs or states can be a stressful time, made harder due to the confusion of what you’re required to do. You may be asking yourself, “What do I need to prepare to move?” or “How do I know what steps to take when moving out?” It’s easy to become overwhelmed and forget things, leading to additional last minute moving out costs that weren’t accounted for.
As our customers know well, we make typically confusing things (like energy deals) clear, so we can help everyday Aussies stay switched on. So, we’ve compiled a moving out checklist that covers all bases and will help you relocate to your new humble abode with ease.
Organise your utilities
- Organise your electricity with an energy provider to make sure the power is switched on the day you arrive. We may be biased, being an energy provider ourselves, but we think that this step is one of the most important. Trying to move in with no lights, vacuuming ability, cooking potential, phone chargers, heating or cooling can prove to be frustrating. For a simple electricity switchover, provide us with your new address and your move-in date here and we will make sure the power is on when you arrive.
- Make sure to sort out internet, gas, and water. Start looking around early to make sure you don’t make a rushed, last minute decision and end up paying more than you need to.
Prepare your belongings
- Moving is the perfect opportunity to clean out your belongings. You’ll be surprised what you find when packing up your home, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time. Selling things online or at a garage sale can help you make money from your pre-loved items to put towards your new place.
- Pack your things and label the boxes with their contents and the room you intend to put them to make unpacking a breeze.
- Pack your favourite items in a separate box. When you’ve got a lot of unpacking to do in your new home, you’ll be grateful to have easy access to your favourite tea, snacks and clothes, as well as any cleaning products you may need for the move.
- Use up all the contents of your fridge and freezer so you can empty, defrost and clean them before the move.
Find your bearings
- Research your new area to get an understanding of where the nearest grocery store, service station and public transport options are.
- If required, organise a new school for your children in your new area.
Organise the moving day
- Book a removalist and research who you are going to choose to ensure you get the best price and service, to ensure it all runs smoothly on moving day.
- Make plans for your pets so they aren’t forgotten about, stressed or injured during the busy moving process. A good idea is to take them to a family member’s place.
- Organise time off work if you will need a few extra days outside the weekend to move.
- Create a floor plan for where your belongings will go. Planning where your furniture will be placed and measuring the spaces to ensure items will fit can help you avoid any unexpected hold ups.
Dot the I’s and cross the T’s
- Organise home and contents insurance to ensure you are covered in the case of theft or damage. If you’re renting, note that home insurance is the property owner’s responsibility, but you should consider contents-only insurance.
- Notify all establishments of your change of address, including banks, the Department of Transportation, Electoral Office, ATO & Superannuation Fund, Health funds, any club memberships you have, and your work.
- Sign the lease to your new home and organise to pick up the keys.
- Celebrate! After all the hard work is done, congratulate yourself and enjoy your new home.