Moving Checklist


There are so many things to think about when you've bought or sold a house. Here's a handy checklist to make it that much easier for you. 

Things to remember to cancel

  • Newspaper and/or milk delivery
  • Telephone, internet and cable TV
  • Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading)

Organise for moving day

  • Get a supply of boxes (the supermarket can be one supplier)
  • Get packaging tape and heavy marker pens
  • Arrange for furniture removal (get quote, confirm time)
  • Arrange care of your children on moving day
  • Make suitable arrangements for any pets
  • Arrange transit insurance and contents and fire insurance for your new home
  • Organise shifting times with the buyer of your old property and the seller of your new one

Notify your change of address to

  • Bank, credit card and charge card companies
  • Post office for redirection of mail
  • Elections registrar
  • Registrar of motor vehicles and drivers licence
  • Tax department
  • Insurance companies
  • Hire purchase or finance companies
  • Investment companies
  • Local council
  • Clubs and organisations
  • Police (if you own and store firearms)
  • Friends and relatives
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Doctor, dentist, accountant, lawyer

Don't forget to

  • Clean the stove and defrost the fridge/freezer
  • Tidy the yard
  • Ensure that the chattels that have been sold with the property aren’t accidentally packed
  • Disconnect all appliances
  • Disconnect the TV aerial
  • Return any borrowed items
  • Throw out items that you don’t intend taking with you
  • List valuable items for special care when moving
  • Advise removal company of dangerous goods being moved (i.e. ammunition, petrol, spirits, chemicals) 
  • Securely pack all jewellery, money, special documents and papers (i.e. legal, tax, insurance etc)
  • Set aside items you will need on the day of the move so you can take them with you (i.e. food, drinks, cleaning products
  • Clearly label boxes containing breakables as ‘fragile’ and identify these items to the removal people
  • Pot and pack away the plants and cuttings you’re taking
  • Explain your packing procedure to the removal people 


  • Put breakables or liquid filled containers in drawers
  • Overload drawers and make furniture too heavy to move (too much weight can damage furniture)
  • Move netting, barbed wire, timber, wood, coal etc without special arrangements being made
  • Store perishable goods where they might be overlooked


Make arrangements to

  • See your solicitor or conveyancer to sign transfer documents / mortgage discharge documents
  • Enrol children in new school
  • Coordinate the forwarding of any files from the children’s previous school to their new one

Organise for your new home

  • Contact Harcourts Complete to connect your gas, electricity and telephone. Ask your Harcourts sales consultant for details
  • Newspaper delivery
  • Telephone
  • Internet and cable TV connection
  • Gas, electricity and water

The week before moving

  • Remind and confirm dates, times and locations for furniture removal company
  • Confirm moving in/moving out details and key exchange with your Harcourts sales consultant
  • Say goodbye to neighbours

One last check

  • Nothing left behind?
  • No clothes at the dry cleaners?
  • No gear stored away from your property?
  • Electricity, gas and telephone disconnected?
  • Water turned off and no taps left running?
  • Windows and doors latched?
  • Keys with solicitor (if appropriate)

Read this helpful guide about preparing your house for sale and the various methods of selling