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Moving HOUSE Checklist - A Survival Guide

So, you've sold your home through your Gold Coast real estate agent? Fantastic! The first step to take when planning a move is to compile a thorough checklist of things to do and think about as you get closer to the final date. To help you through this time you can download our Moving Survival Guide Checklist, which will hopefully help you to remember everything that must be done. 

Major Tasks:

  • Find a removalist - ask friends or relatives for recommendations
  • Disconnect and reconnect phone, gas and electricity
  • Redirect your mail. People that will need your new address include:  
the taxation office; phone company; mobile phone provider; internet provider; pay TV provider; electricity company; landlord/real estate agent; doctors; dentists; solicitors; councils; insurance companies; superannuation fund; employers; Centrelink; schools/day care; banks/building societies; Medicare; magazine/newspaper subscriptions; relevant charities; club memberships; libraries; loyalty memberships; catalogues; electoral office.

Four weeks before your move:

  • Obtain removalist quotes
  • Organize utility connection of phone, gas end electricity, internet and PayTV
  • Settle any outstanding bills
  • Moving to a new city? Research it: where is the local supermarket, hospital, and petrol station, for instance? Check local schools and child care facilities in the new area. Arrange the transfer of your children's school records to the new school. You may consider engaging a relocation consultant (particularly if you are moving to the Gold Coast from interstate or overseas)
  • Make your travel arrangements — plan your route, stops, and accommodation.
  • Back up your computer hard drive. Ensure that both the printer and scanner are able to be packed securely for travel.
  • Pick up your family's dental, school, vet and medical records.
  • If you are renting, formally notify your landlord/agent of the date you are vacating the premises, and arrange for a property inspection to recoup the bond.
  • Organise for the property to be cleaned 
  • If you need storage, arrange it now
  • Review your home contents and car insurance, organise transit and/or storage insurance for your belongings
  • if necessary, book time off work
  • Collect moving materials such as boxes, packing tape, rope, white paper (for wrapping) and marking pens
  • Keep a register of incoming mail and start notifying businesses and suppliers of your change of address

Two weeks before your move:

  • When packing, start early and pack one room at a time.  Start in the rooms you don’t use often, and as you are packing, create a list of each carton and what it contains.  Numbering the cartons will help you find the box you need in your new home and minimise the risk of anything getting lost in the move. For unwanted items, consider a charity or a garage sale.
  • Disassemble any built-in fixtures and fittings ready for transport.
  • Disassemble outdoor items, such as a swing set and cubby house. Place all bolts, brackets and screws in a labelled, sealed container for safekeeping.
  • If necessary, open new bank accounts and other required services such as safety deposit boxes and Post Office boxes.
  • Plan to have sufficient cash to cover the move.
  • Service your car, lawnmower, and other mechanical assets. Drain oil to avoid leakage. 
    NOTE: The following are classed as dangerous goods and cannot be stored or transported:Ammunition; new or partially used cans of paint; Linseed oil; bleach products; gas cylinders (unless emptied); turpentine; kerosene; petrol; cleaning fluids; aerosols of any kind; vegetable oils; and chemical sets.
  • Dispose of any hazardous waste in the correct manner.
  • Hold your garage sale.
  • Arrange for disconnection and reconnection of telephone, internet and pay TV services at your new address.
  • Ask someone to look after your children on moving day.
  • Make a list of the items you want the removalist to move and any items you’ll be moving yourself.
  • if you have pets, organise care for them during moving day and make necessary pet transport arrangements.
  • Start cleaning your home- do one room at a time.
  • Arrange redirection of mail with Australia Post. You can do this online.

One week before the move:

  • Reconfirm the moving details with your removalist.
  • Confirm your moving schedule with your new real estate agent or landlord. Arrange interim accommodation if needed.
  • Return videos, DVDs, and library books and pick up any dry cleaning.
  • Plan for any special needs of children and pets prior to, during, and after the move, such as medication, food, care, or entertainment.
  • Collect your spare keys so that you can give them to the real estate Agent on moving day.
  • Plan to use any remaining food in your refrigerator.
  • Make sure meals are prepared for moving day and the day after.
  • Defrost and clean refrigerator.
  • Cancel services such as mowing service, newspapers and other home delivery services
  • Place important documents such as passports, drivers licences somewhere safe. On moving day you should carry jewellery and valuable documents yourself or send them using registered mail.
  • Finish packing - Create an inventory list for each box while you’re packing. Attach it as you pack. Make a copy for every box.
  • Pack your personal luggage last.

On moving day:

  • Pack up your computer the night before. Keep all cords and accessories together.
  • Make sure the house is clean. At this busy time it might be worth hiring a cleaner to finish for you.
  • Strip the beds and keep the linen in a separate box that travels with you so you can use them on the first night.
  • Disconnect remaining appliances.
  • Check all the cupboards before you leave.
  • Have final payment ready for your removalist.
  • Stay home until the last item is packed and make an inspection of the removalist van to check all your goods are loaded
  • Close and lock all of the doors and windows. Organise to give keys etc to Agent, or leave them in a safe place at the property for the new owners.
  • Make sure you have organised to pick up the keys to your new home.
  • Carry valuables, personal items and important papers with you so they don’t get lost.
  • Load the boxes containing essential items into the removal van last, so that you can access them straight away when you reach your new home - include tea / coffee, kettle, mugs and teaspoons, snacks, etc.
  • Remove the electric garage door opener from the car before you drive off.

At your new home:

  • Check all items during unloading and unpacking - look for any damaged or missing items and take notes.
  • Read the removalist document thoroughly before signing and save it for future reference.
  • Check the electricity/gas/phone has been switched on - if not, contact the suppliers.
  • Start with essentials such as making the beds and cleaning the kitchen for use.
  • Keep pets away until you are moved in.
  • Find out when your garbage and recycling collection days are by asking your Agent, or by contacting the city council or body corporate.
  • Find your local parks, shops, sports centres and swimming pools.
  • Join the library.
  •  Familiarise your pets to the new area as quickly as possible so they don’t try to find their old place.
  • Take a few different routes to go places from your new home - you’re sure to find some handy shortcuts.
  • If renting, ensure you return your Entry Condition Report.
  • Don’t forget to get an updated driver’s licence or change your car registration.  Don’t forget to lodge “Change of address” details for all of your companies/businesses

Read more house moving tips at Move My Stuff.


 Industry Links

Australia Bureau of Statistics www.abs.gov.au 1300 135 070
Information Queensland qldglobe.information.qld.gov.au  
Office Of Fair Trading www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au 13 13 04
Real Estate Institute Of Queensland www.reiq.com 07 3249 7347
State Revenue Offices www.osr.qld.gov.au 1300 300 734
Tax Depreciation Specialists www.tslprojectservices.com.au  
Mortgage Brokers www.mortgagebroker.com.au  

Automotive & Transport Links

Queensland Transport www.tmr.qld.gov.au 13 23 80
Translink www.translink.com.au 13 12 30

Council Links

Brisbane City Council www.brisbane.qld.gov.au 07 3403 8888
Gold Coast City Council www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au 1300 694 222