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Moving Kit

A complete kit to help you prepare and move house with ease. Tips, advice and checklists.

A free moving kit that will make your next moving experience a dream! Including:

* A comprehensive checklist of things to do from 8 weeks out through to your moving day.
* Tips for choosing a removalist
* A removalist quote comparison sheet
* A moving manual with information and tips in areas such as furniture planning, cleaning, insurance and what to leave behind.

Congratulations on your up coming move!
This kit is a free resource provided by www.afterthewedding.com.au. The material in this kit is protected by copyright laws and the kit is not to be re-sold, re-produced or distributed without the permission of the publisher.
Congratulations again, and all the best for life in your new home.

Contents

Checklist - the weeks before your move
Checklist - the days before your move, moving day, and the days after your move
Removalist comparison sheet


Moving Manual

In alphabetical order

CABLE AND SATELLITE TV

If your new home doesn’t have cable or satellite facilities it may end up cheaper to leave this connected than terminating your contract with your provider. Check the terms of your agreement and talk to your provider before making any decisions.

CLEANING

A list of what to clean:

COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES

If you run a home based business, are a director, secretary or public officer of a company or the home you are moving from is the registered office or principal place of business of a company, there are certain requirements regarding who you change your address with and the timeframes for this. Contact your accountant, ASIC and your state authority for their specific requirements.

COUNCIL

If you are buying or selling you will need to notify your local council of the change in ownership. Most councils have their own specific forms for doing this.

CROCKERY & CUTLERY

Use white paper for packing crockery and cutlery (it avoids the black greasy marks left by newspaper) and wash them prior to re-using.

ENTERTAINMENT / ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Entertainment and other electrical equipment is best packed and moved in it’s original boxes. You should disconnect all cords and leads before packing, and keep them with their items if possible. Otherwise, label them and put them in your essentials box. You should unplug electronic appliances the day before moving so they are at room temperature for moving.

ELECTRICAL AND GAS APPLIANCES

If you have any kitchen or other major appliances that require professional connections arrange for an electrician or plumber to be available on your moving day. You should unplug electronic appliances the day before moving so they are at room temperature for moving.

EMERGENCY BAG

Should include items such as:

ESSENTIALS BOX

Should include:

FURNITURE

Planning in advance where you want to put your furniture in your new home will save time on moving day (and therefore save you moving costs) and also save the frustration of moving things around to see where they fit after the move.

You can easily measure up your new place (it doesn’t have to be accurate to the centimetre, stepping it out can often be enough), measure up your furniture and draw up a floor plan on graph paper. Using scaled pieces of paper to represent your furniture you can move things around until you think you have the right fit.

FRIDGES AND FREEZERS

Fridges and freezers should be defrosted 24 hours before your move and given a basic clean. Store them with their doors open to avoid mildew and smells. You should clean them again after your move as they will often get dusty and dirty during the moving process. These appliances are also best left to settle for 24 hours before turning them back on.

HOME & CONTENTS INSURANCE

You should contact your insurance company prior to your move and either cancel your home and contents insurance policy or transfer it to your new property.

This is also a good time to reconsider your level of cover. If you are moving to a smaller home and disposing of some items you may be able to reduce your insurance cover and save on your premiums. If you are moving to a large home, it may be a good time to anticipate any new furniture or belongings that you intend to buy and increase your cover accordingly.

KITCHEN FOODS IN-USE

You can either give perishable foods (e.g. milk, butter) to neighbours or friends / family or consider disposing of them before you move. This will be a lot easier than trying to move food than can spill and go off.

MAIL

Australia Post offers a mail direction service for a small cost. You can choose the length of time that you want to have your mail redirected to your new address and it is a good way of catching areas where you have forgotten to change your address.

PACKING TIPS
UTILITIES

Utilities usually require about 5 business days notice in order to change your address and disconnect and reconnect your services.

WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND