Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of packing up all your
belongings in boxes to prepare for an upcoming move? Planning and
organisation is the main key to a successful move that is
relatively mistake free.
By using the following moving house checklist, you can organise
your relocation far in advance and simplify the packing process
Moving house checklist: Week by week
Eight weeks before moving
Eight weeks before you move house is the ideal time to create
your moving budget and estimate the total cost of your move. You
can begin researching moving services in your area, as well as how
much it will cost to move to your new community.
It also helps to look at the floor plan of your new home and
determine where your furniture and belongings will go. This
pre-planning will help you to have a clearer picture to create a
movers' checklist so that the movers can deliver your furniture to
the correct rooms on moving day.
- Establish a budget: estimate cost of
- Research moving options: Professional
movers vs DIY ie moving vehicle hire.
- A plan to set your new home up:
determine where your belongings are to go in your new
Six weeks before moving
Make a detailed list of all your valuables in case they're lost
or misplaced during your move.
This is also the time to notify businesses, your bank, credit
card company and your friends and relatives of your new
If possible, change over your utilities to your new address to
ensure that there is no downtime in items such as pay TV and
- Create an inventory of all items
- Provide change of address
- Transfer or set up utilities at your new
Four weeks before moving
One month prior to moving, solidify your moving house checklist
by confirming your travel arrangements, house moving service
booking and any special travel arrangements for your pets or
- Confirm travel arrangements
- Book a moving service or vehicle
- Organise special needs: ie pet
transportation, inform change of address to the pet microchip
registry, children needs.
Two weeks before moving
Think of what you will need in an "essentials bag" ie clothing,
toiletries etc, that you want to take with you instead of loading
into the moving truck.
This is also the opportunity to donate your belongings to
charity or even sell them to earn a little extra cash for your
- Essentials bag
- Sell or donate unwanted
It is time to put your moving house checklist to work.
Provide an inventory list of your items to your movers and a
complete movers' checklist so that they know which boxes and
furniture are required to be delivered to which room in your new
home. This will simplify the moving process greatly.
Make sure that you have enough cash or traveller's cheques (if
you are moving overseas) on hand to cover your expenses during your
- Provide list to movers: an inventory
list of items, containing details of which boxes they are in and
which room they are for at your new place.
- Cash reserve: to pay for movers
and any other expense on moving day.
Top moving tip
Put your movers' checklist and all important documents in a
designated moving binder. This will help you to easily keep track
of your receipts, invoices and an inventory of your furniture and