We know how stressful moving house can be, so we thought why not turn to the people who experience it the most and get some tips from the good people over at on how to best move house... 

Spread it out

Don’t do it all in one day. Trying to squeeze every task into 24 hours is among the hardest challenges you can undertake. 

There are a number of ways you can ease the burden by spreading out the moving process, if possible schedule settlement before you're due to move from your current residence. Or you can use the service of a storage company such as Taxi Box to store your belongings over a period of time. This will help when the big day comes. 

Connect it up

It also pays to think ahead when it comes to ensuring your new digs are ready to live in. Most power and electricity companies now offer guarantees that they'll have your power connected on the day you need, it's worth confirming with your chosen provider as soon as you know your settlement date. 

Make a list, check it twice

Make a complete list of all belongings that will need to be moved prior to booking a removalist company! If you forget to tell your removalist about a number of items that will require moving when you’re making your booking, chances are they won’t fit it all into the truck and will require multiple trips, which will blow out the cost.

Having the most complete list of stuff that you can is really useful for your removalist. It means they can make sure they get it all with one go, if they have to do multiple trips it takes much longer and could be more expensive.

Moving Checklist

Here's a great list to assist with the big task, again from the good people over at With so much to do, the only way to tackle such a daunting task to have a plan – and stick to it.

Susan Williams, founder of The Finishing Touch, one of Australia’s leading home packing and unpacking services, shares a comprehensive four-week moving plan, starting a month out and finishing on moving day.

Four weeks before moving

  • Book a removalist. Get them to estimate the number of boxes of belongings, and therefore the packing materials required.

  • Book help with a packing and unpacking service, if required.

  • Book cleaning of existing home for on or after moving day. Check the new house will be professionally cleaned.

  • Start to sort through house and belongings. Take it one room at a time and sort into what to keep, what to throw out and what to give away. Consider using a professional pre-move service to help if this is a big job.

  • Throw out or donate garage items, old clothes, papers no longer needed, toys kids have grown out of, etc.

  • Begin to use up supplies in the kitchen, fridge, freezer and pantry. Throw out out-of-date food.

  • Create a folder for all moving documents.

  • If necessary, organise schooling and other essential services in new location.

  • Organise connection of utilities at new place and disconnection at old.


Two weeks before moving

  • Organise packing materials delivery for at least a week before move.

  • Organise phone, internet, water, gas, power and pay TV connections to be disconnected at the old house and connected in new.

  • Notify local council, for rates purposes.

  • Return any library books or other locally-hired items.

  • Notify Australia Post of change of address and arrange mail re-direction, if needed.

  • Organise for children and pets to be look after on moving day.

  • Stop watering pot plants.

  • Collect all instruction manuals for appliances in old home, for the new owner. Leave them out for new owners, along with contact details and some local “intel” about great restaurants, etc.

  • Gather any usable paint, tiles for old home and leave for new owners.

Week before moving

  • Have packing materials, including boxes, paper, tape and marker pens, delivered.

  • Dismantle any furniture not used regularly. Tape screws and cords to the item to ensure they aren’t lost.

  • Collect dry cleaning.

  • Cancel newspaper and any other regular home deliveries.

  • Confirm details and plans for moving day with removalist and cleaners.

  • Collect all spare keys and put them together for new owners.

  • If it’s a DIY move, start packing. Start with less frequently-used items, such as toys, clothes, office items, kitchen non-essentials, etc.


Two days before moving

  • Continue packing.

  • Organise parking for removalist and all other service people for moving day.

  • Pack a “survival kit” containing kettle, tea, coffee and snacks, favourite toys and PJs for the kids, baby food and supplies, a change of clothing and sleepwear, chargers and cables for electronic devices, toiletries, medicines or prescriptions, bowls, food, collars and leads for pets and any other essential items. This kit will make the first few hours in the new home much less stressful, with key items on hand.

Day before moving

  • If using a professional packing services, their staff will most likely arrive the day before the move, to get everything packed and ready. If it’s a DIY move, all packing should be done by the day before.

  • Have several moving boxes spare for last-minute items, such as bedding, food, clothes, chargers, medicines and cleaning supplies for new house.

  • Think about food for moving day. Ensure there is some breakfast left to eat and have plenty of snacks on hand for what is a tiring day. Plan for lunch and dinner.


Moving day

  • Empty fridge and freezer into an Esky.

  • Collect keys, ensure gas and electricity meters have been read and phone disconnected.

  • Check all cupboards are empty and that no chargers are left in power points.

  • Turn off power.

  • Lock house and leave keys as organised for new owner.

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