4-6 Weeks to Moving Day


– Call Brisk Transport to get a quote for moving your furniture.

– Get Contents and Household Insurance organised for your new house.

– Provide the Electoral Office with your new address, do the same for Car Registration and your Drivers Licence.

– Design a floor plan for your new house for placing your furniture.  Measure the spaces to make sure that all of your furniture will fit, especially the refrigerator.  Make certain that all of your larger times will fit through the doors of your new home.

– Compile an inventory list of all of your belongings.  Make note of any dents or scratches that it has.

– Note down any valuable items that you own that will need special care in order to move them.

– Get rid of all unneeded items.

– Check with the manufacturer of your washing machine to see if there are any specific moving instructions for it.

– For kitchen items up any packets that are open and get rid of any food items that are past their expiration date.

– Start using up all of the food that is stored in your freezer.

– Don’t forget to sort through things underneath the house, in the garden shed and in the garage.

– Air bottles and gas cylinders should be emptied and there valves should be open.  All flammable liquids should be disposed of (any type of aerosol, fuel, bleach, cleaning fluids, paint thinners, paint, garden chemicals).

– Get a folder set up to place all of your various moving documents in.

– Make arrangement to have your mail either redirected to go to your new address or have it held.

– Make arrangements for Day-Care, Pre-School and School transfers.

– Cancel or redirect any newspaper and other kinds of subscriptions you may have.

– If you will be traveling, make sure that your accommodation, credit cards, currency, visas, tickets and passports are all organised.

– Return any rented or borrowed items.

– Make arrangements with your local Council to have rubbish picked up.

– Confirm with Real Estate Agents/lawyers about the Settlement date and key collection time since this will determine when your moving day is.

– Plan on carrying any important jewellery and legal documents yourself.

– Pre-plan and get any necessary repairs scheduled.

– If necessary, research storage facilities. Brisk can help advise you on this.

– Obtain medical records for your family and pets.  School and dental records as well.

– If you are leasing, book cleaners and arrange to have the property inspected.

– Have your utilities transferred and set up at your new home.

– Review your car insurance as well as your home and contents insurance.



If You Do Your Own Packing


– Arrange for the delivery of cartons as well as packing materials (paper, markers, tape, bubble wrap, labels) with Brisk.

– Use white, clean butcher’s paper instead of newspaper since it will soil your belongings.

– Clearly label each carton, on the tape, with the room destination and contents.

– Get an inventory list prepared of every carton.  Clearly mark Fragile where needed.  Make a note of all scratches and dents.

– Pack heaviest items on the bottom of cartons, heavier items into small cartons and lighter items into larger cartons.

– Dismantle any of your furniture that comes apart.  Tape the screws to an obvious place or label them and put into an essential carton that contains your manufacturers instructions, keys for furniture cabinets, shelf supports, bed legs, remote controls to your sound system and television.

– Get a survival kit prepared that contains toilet paper, tools, scissors, spare light bulbs, corkscrew, snacks, medications, telephone handset, bathroom necessities, pet requirements, school needs, children’s toy, breakfast foods, coffee and tea, and kettle.

– Consider taking personal and sentimental items with you in your vehicle.



2 To 3 Weeks Prior To Moving Day


– Contact all authorities that are relevant to give them you new home address.

– Get all library books, DVDs, etc. returned.

– Make arrangements for friends or family to watch your pets and children on moving day.

– Make arrangements for transferring your electricity, gas, telephone and internet connections in addition to your bank accounts.

– Arrange for your trailer and boats to be moved.

– Fill any necessary prescriptions the week prior and following your move.

– Drain your lawnmower and have your car serviced.

– Remove batteries and make arrangements to have final readings done on your electricity and gas meters.

– Collect your dry cleaning.  Discontinue any local memberships, automated payment plans, newspapers and delivery services.

– Book a locksmith for changing the keys at your new house on moving day.

– Arrange to get time off from work for your moving day.

– Make sure that your new house will have its carpet steam cleaned, oven cleaned and house thoroughly cleaned before you move in as well as your original house after you have moved.

– Disassemble children’s play equipment and outdoor items.

– Put together a Handyman’s kit that includes a pen knife, wall hooks, nails, light bulbs, screwdriver, Allen Keys and hammer.



1 Week Prior To Moving Day


– Set aside towels and bed lines that you will use on your first night so that you can make up the beds on moving day as soon as possible.

– Draw your plans up for every room that is in your new house for the removal supervisor that shows your furniture placement.

– Lightly water your indoor plants and then packed them in boxes that are lined in plastic.

– Inform services – cleaner, gardener, babysitter.

– Back up the hard disk on your computer.  Prepare scanner and printer for traveling.

– Re-confirm all of your moving details with Lawyer, Real Estate Agent and removalist.  Make sure that the mover has all clear and detailed instructions, your new address and all of your contact numbers.

– Get a friendly welcoming note prepared for new residents containing any relevant information that can help them with their settling-in process.  Also provide them with your contact information.

– Make arrangements for parking and access for the removalist truck.



The Day Prior To The Move


– Empty out and defrost the refrigerator.  Have ice and a portable Esky on hand for transporting the contents.  Clean your oven.  Keep your vacuum handy for any last minute cleaning you want to do.

– Pack your personal items and luggage that you will be taking with you.

– If you will be using professional packers, don’t forget to set aside essential items for that night and following day.

– Unplug appliance cords and tie them up.

– Have cash on hand for any last minute expenses you might have to keep moving day well organised.

– If your house is going to be empty for some time inform your neighbours and the police.

– Prepare a moving day action plan.



Moving Day


– Have your Survival and Essential cartons handy.

– Provide your removalist with parking information at floor plans for your new address.

– Request that the kitchen boxes be loaded last so they come off the truck first.

– Keep visitors at your new house to a minimum. Keep all pet necessities handy.

– Make sure all house and car key collections are organised and that all meters are read.

– Check items off as they are placed into the moving truck.

– Turn hot water system off if necessary.  Lock all windows and doors.

– Check the garage, sheds, garden area and tops of the cupboards.

-Return all keys to new tenant or Real Estate Agent.  Check electrical and gas, tighten all taps, turn off power, lock house.

– Take the garage door opener out of your vehicle.



Your New House


– Try standing in the entry point where the removalist is coming in to provide clear directions for your furniture placement.

– If leasing, make sure that the condition of the furnishings and property are well document with the right agent.

– Ensure that the hot water service is on and that all of the utilities are connected.

– After unloading is complete, be sure that you are satisfied with everything.

– If you have any concerns, have locks changed and security checked.

– If moving from overseas, interstate or storage, check and sign for your Inventory.

– Get beds assembled and made up as soon as you can.

– Get pets and children settled with familiar items to reassure them.

– Immediately notify your moving company if there is anything missing.

– Keep your cats indoors for a couple of days.

– Make sure you have all relevant instructions and keys for your new house.

– Get in touch with the new local council about information on garbage collection and new resident folder.