Checklist for Moving House: Your Simple Guide to Packing Up!

Moving house can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you prepare for this new chapter in your life, it's essential to create a checklist to make the process more manageable. A well-thought-out moving checklist helps you stay organised, reducing the stress associated with relocating.

On this page, we'll walk you through the key steps to take when moving to a new home. From decluttering your space to organising your early essentials, we've got you covered. Get ready to take on your big move with confidence, knowing you're well-prepared and have everything under control.

Note: Download the ultimate moving checklist in PDF format here.

It's good to create a to do list before you start packing for your big move!

Preparation for Moving

Choosing Your Moving Company

When it's time to move, research is your best friend. Begin by looking for reputable moving companies that offer the services you need.

Collect pricing quotes from different movers and compare their prices, services, and customer reviews. This will help you find the best fit for your move.

Packing and Inventory

Now that you've picked your moving company, it's time to get your belongings in order. Start by creating a moving checklist to keep yourself organised throughout the process.

  1. Declutter your home to ensure you're only taking what's necessary. Give away (garage sale?) or sell items you haven't used in a while.
  2. Gather your packing supplies like boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape. Keep an eye out for free or discounted supplies from friends or local stores.
  3. Create an inventory list for all your items. This will help you keep track of everything and make unpacking much smoother.

Tip: Snap a quick photo of each room before packing to serve as a reference for setting up your new home.

Make sure you know your moving date (and your friends and family know it too!)

Once you've got everything in order, it's time to pack! Begin packing less frequently used items, and label each box clearly with its contents and destination room. For fragile items, use plenty of padding to protect them during transit.

Lastly, don't forget to pack a "first-night" essentials box with necessary items like a change of clothes, toiletries, and basic kitchen supplies, so you'll be comfortable on your first night in your new home.

Utilities and Address Changes

Oh, the joys of moving! Amidst the frenzy of packing and organising, it's essential to take care of some important details, like updating your utilities and address.

Fear not, dear reader, for we have prepared a packing checklist to guide you through the process.

First things first: changing your address. Notify the following as soon as possible when you have your new address:

  • United States Postal Service (USPS) or the Post office in your area.
  • Tax agencies (mostly done online)
  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Driver's License agency (In Australia, we have VicRoads and others).
  • Banks and credit card companies
  • Your employer

To make this process as smooth as possible, here are some tips:

United States Postal Service (USPS): You can either visit your local post office in person or go online to complete a change-of-address form. Opt for the online option if you'd like to save a tree.

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Pay your new local DMV a visit to change your driver's license.

Now that you have your address changed, let's talk about utilities. You'll want to transfer the following services to your new residence:

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Water
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Cable

Take a deep breath, and follow these steps:

  1. Get organised: Make a list of your current utility providers and contact them to notify them of your upcoming move.
  2. Schedule disconnections: Let your old service providers know the date you'll be moving out, so they can schedule a disconnection.
  3. Schedule connections: Contact your new service providers to arrange a connection for your new home.
There are professional movers out there who are great at helping you move!

And with that, you're one step closer to ensuring a smooth move to your new abode. Take a well-deserved break, and remember to treat yourself with a little celebration once all the hard work is done.

Moving Day Itself

Oh, the excitement of moving day! First things first, grab yourself a hearty breakfast to fuel up for the busy day ahead.

Pack a moving day essentials bag. This bag should include items for the whole family: changes of clothes, toiletries, chargers, and essential medications. For your furry friends, bring food, water, toys, and bedding.

Now, welcome the movers with a warm smile and brief them on your expectations. It's highly recommended to prepare clear, written instructions on how to reach your new home. Hand these to the team leader, along with a list of items to be extra cautious with.

As the movers work their magic, keep an eye on the process. Make sure that your valuables, important documents, and other fragile possessions are handled with care.

Oh, dear, where's the kitchenware? Have a designated spot in the truck for kitchen essentials. That way, you'll be able to celebrate the end of the moving day with a warm meal. As for food, pack a cooler with snacks and refreshments to enjoy throughout the day.

While the movers load the large appliances and furniture, use this time to bid farewell to your neighbours. Let them know where you're moving and exchange contact information to keep in touch.

Might be wise to notify your insurance company you are moving too.

Final walk through

Once the moving truck is stuffed to the brim with well-organised boxes, do a final walkthrough. Check every corner, cupboard, and closet for any forgotten items.

With everything loaded up, hightail it to your new space! Upon arrival, kindly direct the movers to the designated rooms for your furniture and moving boxes. Assigning proper labels to each box will help streamline this process.

Lastly, it's time to settle in. Unpack your essentials box, make the beds, and try to set up some creature comforts. Take a moment to walk around and explore your new abode - it's yours to enjoy!

Remember that your pets may feel anxious in their new surroundings, so offer them plenty of love and attention to help them adjust.

And that's it, dear friend. Congratulations on your move! With these pointers, you're now ready to tackle moving day with confidence and ease.

The moving process can be bearable if you plan it out well and take it easily!

After Moving Activities

Congratulations on your big move! Now that you're settling into your new home, it's time to take care of a few after-moving activities.

Deep Clean Your Home: Before you start unpacking, give your new place a thorough cleaning. Roll up your sleeves, grab those cleaning supplies, and make your home shine. Not a fan of scrubbing? You can always hire a professional cleaning service to help you get the job done.

Say Hello to New Locks: Safety first! Changing the locks on your new home is essential since you never know who might still have access to the keys. Besides, it doesn't hurt to give yourself some extra peace of mind.

Unpack Smartly: When unpacking, tackle one room at a time. Focus on the essentials first, such as toiletries, bedding, and clothing. Unpack your kitchen next, followed by the living room, office, and other rooms. Pro tip: Label your boxes beforehand to make the process a breeze.

Set up Utilities and Light Up Your Life: Don't forget to set up your utilities, including water, electricity, and internet. Working in the dark is no fun, and you'll appreciate the warmth of a hot shower after a long day of moving.

Electronics and Repairs: Once you've unpacked your electronics, take the time to set them up in their proper places. Test each device to ensure they're working properly. If you discover any damaged items, assess whether you can fix them yourself or if it's worth investing in professional repairs.

Insurance Coverage: Now that you're moved in, double-check your insurance coverage (plus car insurance if needed) to ensure your possessions are protected in your new home. Accidents happen, and it's essential to safeguard yourself and your belongings from life's surprises.

Final Walk-Through: After you've settled in, take a nice walk through your new living space. Savour this moment by switching on the lights, admiring your handiwork, and welcoming yourself home.

There you have it! With these after-moving activities completed, you'll feel snug and secure in your new home.

Think through how your transport and travel arrangements will work for the move.

Settling In

Welcome to your new home! It's time to settle in and make this space your own. Take a deep breath and let's dive into transforming this house into a home.

Safety first: Walk through your new house to ensure all the safety elements are in place. Check for smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and secure locks on doors and windows.

Next, familiarise yourself with the schools in your new area. Research the schools that cater to your children's needs and plan to visit them to help your kids adapt smoothly into their new learning environment.

Time to build connections! Introduce yourself to your neighbours and become a part of the community. Join local clubs, attend community events and visit parks to meet new people and form lasting friendships.

Moving to a new area comes with some essential paperwork. Don't forget to update your medical records by transferring them to your new healthcare provider. It's better to have them handy when needed.

Use our downloadable checklist when moving to your new location.

In the flurry of settling in, it's easy to overlook the small but important detail of updating your social security and other government-issued documents. A quick visit to the nearest office or completing the changes online will save you any future hassles.

As you explore the new area, keep an eye out for grocery stores, gas stations, and other essential services near your new house. Knowing the nearest amenities will make life much more comfortable.

Lastly, submit a change of address form at the post office or online to ensure your mail gets redirected to your new address. You wouldn't want to miss important mail while settling in.

With these steps in mind, you'll soon feel right at home in your new space. Embrace this exciting chapter, and remember, home is where the heart is. Happy settling in!

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