2 Weeks Before ……
Make a list
It’s a good idea to list all the people you need to inform of your new address. As you receive mail in the weeks before you vacate, check that the sender is on your list. Pick up a moving pack at the post office.
Talk to the Postie
Arrange to have your mail redirected with the post office for a few weeks after you move. This ensures your mail reaches you and will allow you time to change any address you may have forgotten previously.
If you’re hiring trucks to help you move, book them a week or two in advance. The same with helpful friends, give them plenty of notice so you are not stuck with everything yourself on the day.
Update your insurance policies.
One Week Before …….
Gather everything you need for the move ie boxes, packing tape, rope etc. Start packing anything you won’t need for the week – the aim is to get everything packed by the day before you actually vacate the house.
Return all library books and rented videos or DVD’s. Don’t forget to collect any laybys or items with cleaners or repairers.
Keeping up Appearances
Clean the outside of the house and weed and tidy the garden so that you only have to mow the lawn and clean the inside of the house before moving out.
Start in the Kitchen
Defrost the freezer and clean the oven and pantry.
Arrange for final readings of your services such as gas, electricity and telephone to be performed just prior to your move. Also organise for these services to be connected at your new home prior to your arrival.
Care for Your Little Ones
Arrange for child care and pet care on moving day.
If you have milk, newspapers or anything else delivered regularly, ensure you cancel these services in advance and pay all accounts in full before you move.
Book a carpet cleaner and pest control (if applicable) as soon as you have moving dates planned.
Empty petrol or dangerous chemicals before moving.
Moving Day …..
Preparation is the key! Have everything ready to remove from the house the night before. Have payment ready for the removalist and don’t forget to put out the rubbish bins for collection. Pack electrical items into their boxes, defrost the fridge and freezer (put a towel down to catch any drips) and leave out all cleaning products you’ll need for the final clean. When you’ve moved everything out of the house, double check each room, wardrobe, cupboard and shelf to make sure nothing is left behind. After the pest control and carpet cleaning has been carried out securely lock the premises and return the keys, cleaning and carpet cleaning receipts and exit condition report to Real Property Management Australia. The final inspection will normally be carried out within 48 hours and your Property Manager will then contact you to talk about the condition of the property and the return of your bond.