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Moving checklist and budget
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Moving checklist and budget

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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.

8 Weeks

  • Notify landlord if you are renting

    CategoryLegal
    Done
    Cost
    When8 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
    Check your contract details to know the correct timing for notification.
  • Search for moving companies

    CategoryRemovalists
    Done
    Cost
    When8 Weeks
    Who's responsible?
  • Start sorting and disposing

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When8 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

    CategoryKids
    Done
    Cost
    When8 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • 6 Weeks

  • Buy boxes, supplies and markers

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost$50.00
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify electricity provider

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify water provider

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify phone provider

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify gas provider

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify internet provider

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify cable TV provider

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Get quotations from moving companies

    CategoryRemovalists
    Done
    Cost
    When6 Weeks
    Who's responsible?
  • Check your insurance

    CategoryLegal
    Done
    Cost
    When6 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

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When6 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

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Everyone
  • Take measurements in the new house

    CategoryNew house check
    Done
    Cost
    When4 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

    CategoryRemovalists
    Done
    Cost$1,500.00
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Everyone
  • Begin packing

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Everyone
  • Mark every box with a label

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Everyone
    The label should clearly list all the items stored in each box.
  • Collect valuables in a safe box

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?
  • Notify employer

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify bank

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify credit card provider

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify insurance

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify social security

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify car registration

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify voter registration

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify loyalty card providers

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Notify clubs or associations

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • Transfer medical records

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost$5.00
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Everyone
    Forward medical records to new doctor or health-care facility.
  • Redirect mail

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost$10.00
    When4 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

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    When4 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

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • If renting, arrange inspections

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost
    When4 Weeks
    Who's responsible?
  • 2 Weeks

  • Organize transport for pets

    CategoryPets
    Done
    Cost$70.00
    When2 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

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When2 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
    Ask friends or colleagues to return items lent from you (e.g. books, CDs, DVDs etc.)
  • Return borrowed items

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When2 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
    Return items you have borrowed from the library or rental shops.
  • Collect documents for fixed appliances

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When2 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

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost
    When2 Weeks
    Who's responsible?
  • Collect dry cleaning

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost$50.00
    When2 Weeks
    Who's responsible?Me
  • 1 Week

  • Pack suitcases

    CategoryDeclutter
    Done
    Cost
    When1 Week
    Who's responsible?
  • Prepare a bag with first-days useful goods

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost
    When1 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

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost$30.00
    When1 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

    CategoryRemovalists
    Done
    Cost
    When1 Week
    Who's responsible?
  • Clean the house completely

    CategoryOld house check
    Done
    Cost$20.00
    When1 Week
    Who's responsible?Everyone
  • List the things you will move

    CategoryInventory
    Done
    Cost
    When1 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

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost
    When2 Days
    Who's responsible?
    Defrost your freezer if you're bringing it to the new house
  • Collect keys and remote controls

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost
    When2 Days
    Who's responsible?
    Collect all the sets of keys or garage remote controls from your family members
  • Re-confirm details with moving company

    CategoryRemovalists
    Done
    Cost
    When2 Days
    Who's responsible?
  • Arrange snacks for moving day

    CategoryPreparation
    Done
    Cost$50.00
    When2 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

    CategoryInventory
    Done
    Cost
    WhenOn 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

    CategoryOld house check
    Done
    Cost
    WhenOn 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

    CategoryOld house check
    Done
    Cost
    WhenOn moving day
    Who's responsible?
  • Say goodbye to old neighbours

    CategorySocial
    Done
    Cost
    WhenOn moving day
    Who's responsible?
  • Take Inventory of moved goods

    CategoryInventory
    Done
    Cost
    WhenOn moving day
    Who's responsible?
  • Tip removalists

    CategoryRemovalists
    Done
    Cost$100.00
    WhenOn 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

    CategoryNew house check
    Done
    Cost
    WhenAfter moving
    Who's responsible?
  • Notify removalists if anything's missing

    CategoryRemovalists
    Done
    Cost
    WhenAfter moving
    Who's responsible?
  • Check to have all the keys

    CategoryNew house check
    Done
    Cost
    WhenAfter 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

    CategoryNew house check
    Done
    Cost
    WhenAfter 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

    CategoryChange of address
    Done
    Cost
    WhenAfter 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

    CategorySocial
    Done
    Cost
    WhenAfter moving
    Who's responsible?
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    Francesco Azza
    1st September 2017
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