The Ultimate Guide To Moving House Checklist

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We’ve got your ultimate guide to moving house here at ecoloads! From the pre-planning 10 weeks out right up to moving day, our ultimate guide to moving house covers every detail so you can move home safely, efficiently and stress-free!

To Do:
6-10 Weeks Before the Move

  • Investigate and compare moving companies on
  • Build a budget that considers the costs of packing, moving and insurance.
    • Tip: Register your job with ecoloads to find a removalist provider that suits your requirements.
  • If you have children, make contact with the school in your new neighbourhood and inquire on the enrollment requirements.
  • If you own the house you are leaving, arrange for any necessary repairs.


To Do:

4-8 Weeks Before the Move

  • Book a removal company and be sure to receive the quotation in writing
  • If you will be packing yourself, then refer to the next list for some important tips to keep in mind.
  • Obtain insurance for your move to cover anything damaged in transit.
  • Notify friends and family of your move.
  • If you rent, then now is the time to tell your landlord, if you haven’t already.
  • Sell appliances you won’t need to save on moving expenses and recoup some of the costs.
  • Register your new address with the Electoral Office.
  • Switch your driver’s licence and car registration to the new address.
  • Plan the layout of the furniture in your new home with a floor plan. The bedroom and the kitchen should receive special attention.
  • Ensure that larger pieces of furniture will fit through the doors and hallways of the new house.
  • Use a spreadsheet to create an inventory of your possessions.
    • Tip: Be sure to dedicate a column to indicating the state of each item, describing any marks, so you will know if anything is damaged in the move.
    • Tip: Leave another column for noting which items are fragile or valuable so you can show extra care with these.
  • Eat food stored in the freezer that won’t survive transportation. Check expiration dates on packaged food.
  • Clean the house with an eye to disposing of anything you won’t need.
  • Sort through the accumulated treasures found in the garage, basement, attic, shed and other such areas.
    • Remember, a new move is an opportunity to start over fresh!
  • Return anything you have borrowed or rented.
  • Establish a folder or box for your most important documents and safeguard this.
  • Ensure that you have backups of all of your electronic data.
    • Experts recommend a combination of at least one external hard drives and a reliable
      cloud service to ensure redundancy.
  • Determine if you will need to use any storage facilities before you research prices and terms.
  • IRequest health and dental records for yourself, your family and any pets you may have.
  • Contact the utility companies for your new home to ensure you will have services upon arrival.


Tips For Self-Packers

  • Collect packing materials with time to spare. Be sure to buy enough packing tape as you will be surprised how much you use.
  • Avoid using newspapers for packing and instead opt for butcher paper, since it won’t leave ink stains.
  • Label all of the boxes with their destination rooms and whenever possible include lists of their contents.
  • When you disassemble furniture before sure to tape the screws to the pieces or label and include them in an essentials box.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
    • Tip: Books are quite heavy and should receive their own sturdy, well-sealed boxes.
  • Note the box of each item on your master spreadsheet.
  • Mark with FRAGILE any items that are at risk of breaking in transit.


To Do: 2-3 Weeks Before the Move

  • Fill prescriptions you might need around the time of the move – you will be busy then.
  • Ask a friend to mind small children or any pets on the day of the move.
  • Return library books and movies.
  • Look for buyers for any vehicles you won’t be taking.
  • Schedule your car for inspection and service any problems that come up so you can get to your new home.
  • Cancel local memberships and deliveries.
  • Hire a locksmith to install your own locks in your new home.
  • If you aren’t changing jobs, be sure to schedule time off on moving day.
  • Assemble a construction kit with everything you need to assemble furniture and effect small repairs in your new home.
    • Tip: Your kit should contain at minimum light bulbs, screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers, a utility knife, wall hangers and plenty of tape.
  • Notify your bank of your change of address.
  • Drain the gas from the lawn mower.
  • Confirm your moving date with the lawyers by determining the dates of key collection and contract settlements.
  • Cancel local newspaper subscriptions and request that national publications redirect to your new address.


To Do:
1 Week Before the Move

  • Separate items of great value, either financial or sentimental and take them in your car if possible.
  • Notify the tax office of your address change.
  • Confirm the connection of utilities for your new house.
  • Schedule a time for broadband internet to be connected shortly after you arrive if it is not connected already.
  • Change the billing address for any credit cards and loans you owe so that you don’t miss a payment.
  • Defrost the freezer and clean out both the refrigerator and the freezer.
    • Tip: be sure to keep any refrigerators and freezers in their natural positions so that the coolant fluid doesn’t leak out of the compressor.
    • Tip: Wipe the inside down with disinfectant and leave the door open until moving day to prevent dangerous mould from building up.
  • Pack clean linens in a well-marked and easily accessible box to ensure you will be able to sleep in your new bed as soon as possible.
  • Water any potted plants and place them in plastic tubs for transport.
  • Perform another backup of your digital files. If you have hundreds of gigabytes of data, this may take a few days so be sure to plan ahead.
  • Obtain permission for entrance and parking of the moving truck if necessary. Be advised that this process could take a few days in some cases.
  • Make a copy of your floor plan and item manifest for the removal company.
  • Assemble a box of items you will need before you are fully unpacked. Include in this such items as coffee mugs, electric kettle, coffee/tea, toilet paper, tissues, soap, favourite toys for young children, torch, a change of clean clothes, a set of plastic tableware, a sharp knife and paper plates.


To Do: Moving Day

  • Provide a copy of the floor plan and the item manifest to the removal company.
  • Instruct the removal company to load the kitchen boxes last so they will be available to eat from as soon as possible.
  • Use your checklist and item manifest to tick off each box as it is loaded onto the truck. Check on top of and behind any cupboards that remain in the house for any small items that may have been forgotten.
  • Remove the garage door remote from your car.
  • After a final sweep of the house to make sure all of the boxes are out, close the gas and water, cut the power and tighten the faucets before securely locking the doors.


To Do:
Moving Into the New Home

  • If you have dogs or cats, it is a good idea to keep them inside for at least a few days.
  • Make sure to be at the front door when your removal truck arrives at the new house. Directing the movers into the proper rooms will save you work later.
  • Check off the items as they enter the house to ensure that none are missed.
  • Have the removalists position heavy items according to your sketches since it will be more difficult to rearrange after they have left.
  • Follow up with the locksmith you contracted previously to change the locks as soon as possible. You will sleep better knowing that no one else has a key.
  • Verify that the gas, power and water are properly connected and in good working order. Locate and make use of your essential items box.
  • Test the hot water.
  • Assemble and make the bed as soon as the furniture and boxes are in.
  • Document and alert the removal company regarding any missing items.
  • If you have children, make sure that they have their favourite toys and stuffed animals as it will help them feel comfortable in their new home.
  • If you have not already, arrange for the Internet to be connected and make sure you have signed up for rubbish collection services.
  • Welcome your new neighbours if they stop over!

Our clear plan will help you ensure everything arrives where it needs to be and you settle comfortably into your new home with the ecoloads ultimate guide to moving house!

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