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Moving checklist and budget

Changing house can be a thrilling experience, but moving can take a lot of effort. This list can help you to get started! Clone and edit it to fit your moving needs.

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8 Weeks

Notify landlord if you are renting

Category
Legal
Done
Cost
When
8 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Check your contract details to know the correct timing for notification.

Search for moving companies

Category
Removalists
Done
Cost
When
8 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Start sorting and disposing

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
8 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Everyone

Start sorting your things and decide what to keep, sell or donate, recycle and dispose. You can later organize a garage sale for the things you want to sell.

Get kids' school records organized

Category
Kids
Done
Cost
When
8 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

6 Weeks

Buy boxes, supplies and markers

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
$50.00
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify electricity provider

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify water provider

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify phone provider

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify gas provider

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify internet provider

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify cable TV provider

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Get quotations from moving companies

Category
Removalists
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Check your insurance

Category
Legal
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Check if your insurance covers for home goods that may be damaged while moving as well as the insurance provided by the moving company. If no insurance is provided, consider purchasing one.

Organize a sale

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
6 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Everyone

Whether online or physical, you can organize a sale of some of the items you think might be of interest for potential buyers. You can put your items on sale online through e-bay or facebook or you can organize a garage sale.

4 Weeks

Use up things you don't want to move

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Everyone

Take measurements in the new house

Category
New house check
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Take measurements in the new house to check whether furniture enters through the door and provide the moving company with this information.

Choose moving company

Category
Removalists
Done
Cost
$1,500.00
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Everyone

Begin packing

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Everyone

Mark every box with a label

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Everyone

The label should clearly list all the items stored in each box.

Collect valuables in a safe box

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Notify employer

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify bank

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify credit card provider

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify insurance

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify social security

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify car registration

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify voter registration

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify loyalty card providers

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Notify clubs or associations

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Transfer medical records

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
$5.00
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Everyone

Forward medical records to new doctor or health-care facility.

Redirect mail

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
$10.00
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Set up a mail redirection service for postage to be forwarded to your new address.

Redirect magazines or other subscriptions

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Set up a mail redirection service for postage to be forwarded to your new address.

Book final read of gas and electric meters

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

If renting, arrange inspections

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
When
4 Weeks
Who's responsible?

2 Weeks

Organize transport for pets

Category
Pets
Done
Cost
$70.00
When
2 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Make travel arrangements for your pets if you have any, as removalists often do not offer transport for them.

Ask back for lent items

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
2 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Ask friends or colleagues to return items lent from you (e.g. books, CDs, DVDs etc.)

Return borrowed items

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
2 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

Return items you have borrowed from the library or rental shops.

Collect documents for fixed appliances

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
2 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Collect all the relevant documentation for fixed appliances of your old house (e.g. aircon, garage door etc.)

Ask for a day off work on the moving day

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
When
2 Weeks
Who's responsible?

Collect dry cleaning

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
$50.00
When
2 Weeks
Who's responsible?
Me

1 Week

Pack suitcases

Category
Declutter
Done
Cost
When
1 Week
Who's responsible?

Prepare a bag with first-days useful goods

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
When
1 Week
Who's responsible?

Pack in a bag survival goods for your first days (e.g. toiletries, plasticware, food, petfood, spare light bulbs, cleaning products, kettle, tea and coffee, corkscrew, breakfast requirements, telephone handset, medications, snacks, scissors, tools etc.).

Get a cooler for the moving day

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
$30.00
When
1 Week
Who's responsible?

Get a cooler to fill with ice on the moving day to store food and water in until the fridge is working.

Confirm details with moving company

Category
Removalists
Done
Cost
When
1 Week
Who's responsible?

Clean the house completely

Category
Old house check
Done
Cost
$20.00
When
1 Week
Who's responsible?
Everyone

List the things you will move

Category
Inventory
Done
Cost
When
1 Week
Who's responsible?

This list will be useful to cross out items as they are loaded by removalists on moving day.

2 Days

Defrost freezer

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
When
2 Days
Who's responsible?

Defrost your freezer if you're bringing it to the new house

Collect keys and remote controls

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
When
2 Days
Who's responsible?

Collect all the sets of keys or garage remote controls from your family members

Re-confirm details with moving company

Category
Removalists
Done
Cost
When
2 Days
Who's responsible?

Arrange snacks for moving day

Category
Preparation
Done
Cost
$50.00
When
2 Days
Who's responsible?

Arrange snacks and refreshments for you and your removalists on the moving day

On moving day

Cross out list items when loaded

Category
Inventory
Done
Cost
When
On moving day
Who's responsible?

Cross out items from your list of things to move when they are loaded on the truck by removalists.

Return keys

Category
Old house check
Done
Cost
When
On moving day
Who's responsible?

Remember to either return the keys of your old house to the real estate agency or give them to your new tenants.

Lock house

Category
Old house check
Done
Cost
When
On moving day
Who's responsible?

Say goodbye to old neighbours

Category
Social
Done
Cost
When
On moving day
Who's responsible?

Take Inventory of moved goods

Category
Inventory
Done
Cost
When
On moving day
Who's responsible?

Tip removalists

Category
Removalists
Done
Cost
$100.00
When
On moving day
Who's responsible?

An appropriate tip can range between $10 per removalist on a half-day move, $20 per removalis on a full-day move or $40 per removalist for longer moves. Consider tipping extra if you have a lot of heavy furniture or steps.

After moving

Check utilities are working

Category
New house check
Done
Cost
When
After moving
Who's responsible?

Notify removalists if anything's missing

Category
Removalists
Done
Cost
When
After moving
Who's responsible?

Check to have all the keys

Category
New house check
Done
Cost
When
After moving
Who's responsible?

Check you have all the keys to the new house (e.g. basement, garage, garbage room, gate, mailbox etc.)

Check house and furniture if renting

Category
New house check
Done
Cost
When
After moving
Who's responsible?

If you are renting, you should check the condition of the house and the furniture with the real estate agent on the day you enter the house. This is important to make sure that you are not charged for any damage that you weren't responsible for.

Register at city council

Category
Change of address
Done
Cost
When
After moving
Who's responsible?

If you switched city, you might have to register at the city council and get some information or documentation for services such as garbage disposal.

Greet new neighbours

Category
Social
Done
Cost
When
After moving
Who's responsible?
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