A comprehensive moving checklist is essential for a stress-free moving experience. With this list, packing and moving locally or interstate will become far more manageable.

Here are some of our best tips for preparing your move and packing up as safely (and quickly) as possible.

1-2 months from your move

  • Pick your moving date and work backward from there. Now’s the time to set small milestones, which will help with planning.
  • Get your bond money organised. You will need to have your bond and rent in advance ready for when you get approved. You can get a 21-day interest-free loan through RentBond to cover the gap between moving and getting your money back.
  • What does the floor plan look like at your new place? Furniture placement is important. For example, will large items fit through the doors (e.g. your fridge/couch)?
  • Create a rough inventory of everything you own.
  • Use this inventory to note any individual items that will require special care when moving.
  • Thinking of using removalists? These services can book out quickly, so use this time to book your moving date. Then, establish your budget and get a written quote. You can bundle your moving costs with a RentBond loan if you need help funding your move.
  • Declutter your belongings and donate anything you don’t need.
  • Does your washing machine have moving instructions? If in doubt, check with the manufacturer.
  • Start using up the food you have in the freezer.
  • Sort out the items you have in your garage, garden shed or under the house.
  • Set up a folder (physical or online) to keep all your useful moving documents.
  • Arrange with Australia Post to have your mail redirected or held from the date of moving in.
  • Redirect or cancel any newspaper subscriptions.
  • Return any outstanding borrowed or rented items.
  • Do you need repairs done at your rental? Now’s the time to get them actioned.
  • Too much stuff? Look into leasing a storage facility if you need somewhere to keep items on a temporary or long-term basis.
  • Obtain copies of your family and pet medical records, as well as school and dental records.
  • Don’t forget your vacate clean! If you don’t have the time, or would prefer to have it done professionally, now’s the time to book a cleaner.
  • Use RentConnect for free to arrange to have your power and gas connected when you move. You can even score a $100 shopping voucher.

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2-3 weeks from moving

  • Your mail needs to move with you! Contact all relevant authorities and notify them of your change of address.
  • Gather packing materials like boxes, packing tape, labels and bubble wrap for padding.
  • Devise a suitable box labelling system. For example, you could number your boxes or colour-code.
  • Start packing. Safe and secure packing is time-consuming, so allocate longer than you expect.
  • Have any library books which need to be returned? Take them before you move.
  • Do you have kids? Contact family and friends to arrange for someone to look after them on moving day.
  • If necessary, arrange the transfer of any internet, telephone or gas accounts.
  • Own a boat or trailer? Arrange to have these items moved.
  • If you’re facing a long-distance drive for your move, consider booking your car in for a service.
  • Remember any prescriptions you might need to be refilled before and during the move.
  • Do you have a subscription to any delivery services, like Hello Fresh? Remember to redirect or cancel any memberships if they’re no longer relevant.
  • Moving mid-week? Let your employer know if you need time off for your move.
  • Not hiring a cleaner to do your vacate clean? Make sure you’ve scheduled a day (or two) to complete this clean yourself.
  • Disassemble any outdoor items or children’s play equipment.
  • Make up a box with handy items (screwdrivers, light bulbs, nails, Allen keys, etc.) for the move.
  • Start shopping smart. Start to use up your perishables and create a meal plan that will empty your fridge, freezer and cupboard by moving day.

1 week from moving

  • Keep a box aside for bed linen and sheets to use on the first night – everything else can wait.
  • Lightly water your indoor plants if they need it and pack them into plastic-lined boxes.
  • Are there any outstanding services you’ve forgotten to contact? For example, don’t forget your babysitters or home cleaners.
  • Back up your computer and prepare your printer and scanner for travel.
  • How’s all that packing going? It’s time to finish what you’re doing and check that your belongings are well protected for the move.
  • If you booked a removalist, reconfirm your arrangements for moving day. Make sure your removalist has all relevant contact numbers and detailed instructions.
  • Arrange access and parking for the removalist on the day of the move.
  • Visit your local second-hand store, donate any unwanted goods, sell items online, or have a garage sale to help pay for the move.

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The day before your move

  • You should have almost emptied your fridge by now! If you’ve made it this far, it’s time to defrost your freezer and empty anything remaining from the fridge. Then, find a portable esky that you can use to transport light food and drinks for the day of the move to keep everyone hydrated.
  • Drain any liquid from washing machines, irons and icemakers.
  • Charge your mobile phone and place your chargers in a safe place.
  • Pack any personal items that you want to have with you on the day.
  • Using professional packers? Leave out essential things for that night and the following day.
  • Unplug and tie up any appliance cords.
  • Keep money on hand for last-minute costs.
  • If you’re on good terms, say goodbye to your neighbours!
  • Go over your action plan for moving day.

Moving day

  • Gather your essentials and valuables, so they’re on hand.
  • If you haven’t already, give your removalist the parking information for your new address.
  • If kitchen items are a priority, ask the removalist to load them last, so they’re first off the truck.
  • Keep all pet needs on hand.
  • Check off all boxes as they go into the truck or your car.
  • Lock all your doors and windows and turn off the power on switchboards.
  • Check along the tops of your cupboards, the garden, garage and sheds.
  • Return your keys to your real estate agent. Then, lock the house, turn off the power and tighten the taps.
  • If you had an electric/remote garage opener, remove it from your car and return it to the real estate agent.

Moving into your new home

  • Make sure everyone has clear directions on where the boxes and furniture need to go.
  • Take your Property Condition Report from your real estate agent and document the condition of your property and any included furnishings. Consider taking photos for your records.
  • Check for items left behind by previous occupants.
  • Spot any poisonous or toxic substances around the house? Make sure they’re removed and that the garden is safe for your kids and pets.
  • Check that all your power and gas are now connected (why not try RentConnect?) and the hot water is turned on.
  • Do a quick sweep of the property – is the security satisfactory?
  • Make up the beds as soon as you can.
  • Settle the kids and pets into the new place.
  • Is anything missing from your move? Get in touch with your moving company.
  • If you have cats, keep them inside for a few days to help them acclimatise to the new surroundings.
  • Check that you have all keys and relevant instructions for your new home.
  • When is your rubbish day? What about your watering days? Contact your new council for this information and welcome packs.
  • Make sure your contact details have been updated with all relevant companies and authorities – and don’t forget the Electoral Roll and your local transport department!
  • Introduce yourself to your new neighbours.
  • Enjoy your new home!

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Lauren Vardy
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Lauren Vardy is the author behind the Rent.com.au Blog, a site built to help renters find a home and navigate their renting journey. She is the Content Manager at Rent.com.au. Outside of work, she dabbles in all things health, fitness and houseplants.