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The moving checklist

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Your house to be overwhelming and is on the top five list of lifes most stressful events. Whether you're downsizing or upsizing, this checklist will give you the tips you need to make moving to a new house easier, and help you to avoid that dreaded moving day chaos.

8 to 6 weeks till moving day

•REMOVALIST – Even if you haven’t confirmed an exact move date yet, choose and book your removalist. For a no obligation, free inspection and quote call Reddy Bay Removals 1800 Reddy BayRed

•STORAGE – If you think you will require a secure storage facility, arrange this now.

•VOLUME - Estimate the total volume of items you wish to move – View the Volume Checklist on our website to calculate the volume of your items.

•NEW FURNITURE – Order any new furniture that you may require now. Some items may take 6 to 8 weeks before they are in stock. Arrange delivery to your new address.

•START PACKING the non-day-to-day items to reduce your workload when your moving date arrives. Be organized, organize what you will be keeping, donating, selling or discarding.

6 to 4 weeks to moving day.

•WORK – Book time off work, if required.

•CLEANER – Book a cleaner to clean your current and new home. Don’t forget to include the oven and carpets.

•UTILITIES – Arrange the connection of the electricity, phone, gas, etc at your new home

•KEYS – Collect all spare keys held by family members, cleaners, etc. Keep all keys in a central place so they can be handed over on your move date.

1 week to moving day

•BORROWED ITEMS – Return any library books, DVD’s, borrowed items, etc.

•SAFETY - Drain the fuel from your lawnmower and empty other containers.

•REMOVALIST – Confirm final dates and details with your removalist, including new and old addresses, payment options and requirements, etc.

•CONFIRM any maintenance, or furniture orders placed are on schedule to your new home.

•PLANTS – Water all plants and place in plastic lined boxes. Soil and plants can be heavy, ensure they are packed securely to protect the pots they are in and plants.

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1 day to go

•SEPARATE all items that you will be taking with you, from those items that will be packed by your removalist. Separate all jewellery, identification, important documents and essential items that you will need on moving day (or the day after) so they are not inadvertently packed.

•PACK a bag for each member of your family that contains all the necessities (e.g. change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, etc).

•ESSENTIAL ITEMS – Ensure you have a survival kit packed with your tea, coffee, milk, drinks, food for the following day. Ensure you have also packed a small box of cleaning items, tea towels, etc.

Moving day

•Ensure access to your property is clean and unobstructed for the moving truck. Ensure the removalist has easy access to avoid any delays.

•Ensure all house keys are collected and in the one place so they are ready for hand-over, once the move is completed. Turn off power to the house, tighten all taps, make sure the gas and all electrical switches are off.

•Lock all doors and windows.

At your new home

•Ensure the electricity/gas/phone have been connected. Check all items being unloaded are not damaged and ensure nothing has been lost during the move.

•stand your fridge in its new position and turn on so that it can stand for at least 3 hours, to let settle.

•Ensure your pets will be safe and are in a secure place, while they are settling in. Check all fences are escape proof. Do a walk around to ensure the garden and house are safe before letting children and pets explore.

•Ensure your pets will be safe and are in a secure place, while they are settling in. Check all fences are escape proof. Do a walk around to ensure the garden and house are safe before letting children and pets explore.