If you are looking for a moving out of home checklist then you
are probably taking the first steps out of the "nest" and into the
world of independence. As daunting and scary as it can be it is
also wonderful and exciting to realise that now your life is truly
your own and you get to choose how you live it.
There are so many things that you don't realise you have to
organise or pack yet, therefore such a checklist will ensure that
you identify everything you require to settle in comfortably at
your new place.
A moving out of home checklist should be tailored to your own
needs. If you are moving out into a house with friends you won't
need to do it all on your own, but it's still useful to to have a
checklist that accounts for essential items that need
Packing is a very important element of your moving out of home
checklist. Take the time to talk to your parents and/or friends to
find out what you will need and what you can pick up cheaply. Pool
your resources to save money and time.
Below is a really good checklist of things you need to do before
you move. This list should help to start you off when you are
moving out for the first time. It includes the sort of things you
need to remember to pack as well as the bits and pieces that need
to be done along the way to ensure you are covered from start to
Things to consider before you move:
- Hire or DIY: Do you need a removalist or
are family and friends going to help you? Make sure you have it
organised one way or the other and booked in for your moving
- Utilities: Do you need to set up an
electricity, phone, internet, pay TV account at your new
- Furniture: Do you need to buy furniture
or can you source it from other places?
- Bills: Pay any bills you have now so you
don't have old debt following you to your new place.
- List things to take: Make a list of all
the things you want to take with you. Take the time to think about
what you will need for each room in your new home.
- Research your new area: For instance,
where is the closest supermarket, ATM, petrol station, doctor, dvd
rental? Are they within walking distance?
- Insurance: Do you need to organise home and contents
insurance? Do you need to notify your change of address with
your car insurance company?
- Dispose of unwanted items: Get rid of
any unwanted items by doing a garage sale and raise some extra
money to purchase things for the new place.
- Budget: Do a full budget for your moving
expenses, making sure you have enough money to cover the
- Lease: Sign your lease and pick up the
keys to the new place.
- Loose ends: Return videos, DVDs, and
library books and cancel your memberships if necessary.
- List contents: Make a list of the
contents for each box when you pack it. Attach it to the side of
the box when you tape it up. This will help you remember what is in
- Sort items: Pack your belongings into
room specific boxes, one for the kitchen, lounge room, bathroom,
bedroom, etc. Itemise the boxes so you know where everything is
when you are unpacking the new house.
- Notifications: supply change of address
notifications for all important memberships and government offices
and consider redirecting your mail to cover anything you might have
Alternatively, you can go to the Australia Post website
to have your mail redirected and to
arrange change of
address notifications to be sent to organisations you
By taking the time to create your own personalised moving out of
home checklist, you can ensure that you will be fully prepared when
the big day comes.
Being fully prepared will allow you to budget correctly for all
the new expenses and will help you avoid any confusion.