Moving House Checklist

Moving House Checklist

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Moving house is usually stressful; use this handy checklist to make sure nothing is missed out during the big move.

6 – 8 Weeks before

        Notify your landlord in writing if you are renting

        De-cluttering. Don’t waste money paying to have items you never use moved to your new house. If you pack early then your house removal company will have a better idea of how many boxes you have and will give a more accurate price.

        Book early so you can get the removal company of your choice. A good removal company can be booked up months in advance. ( If you’re on the Gold Coast or Brisbane we can assist you with you house removal)

4 Weeks before

        If you are packing yourself order your packing boxes.

        Book extra storage if required.

        If you have any parking restrictions at either address, contact the local authorities or neighbours to arrange parking arrangement suspensions. A removal van can be the same size as a double decker bus and needs extra space.

        Notify the relevant utility companies of your departure..

2 Weeks before

        Arrange for someone to look after children and pets if possible.

        Notify regular delivery services, ie newspapers, gardeners,

        Start running down freezer foods.

        Book any other services you may require after the move, ie End of lease cleaners, Move in cleaners for your new property – Swift Home Services Gold Coast & Brisbane 1300 9 SWIFT are experts in house cleaning!

1 Weeks before

        Confirm arrival time and final arrangements with your House removal’s company including directions or postcode of your new property and any access issues

        Arrange for the professional disconnection of gas cookers, washing machines or any other appliances you are taking with you.

        Start dismantling any flat pack furniture

4 days to go

        Do last minute laundry

        Label keys ready to be left for new tenants

        Make up a box of refreshments and essential items for your first few days – such as toilet roll, light bulbs,  coffee making equipment, scissors, toiletries, pen and paper, torch, first aid kit, a few pieces of basic cutlery, crockery, corkscrew and of course a bottle of champagne!


2 Days before

        Defrost and dry out your fridge / freezer.

        Pack valuables and documents and put them in a safe place. Do not pack these in a box but place in car with you for easy access.

        Make a list of contact details i.e. Solicitors, Real Estate Agent, Mortgage Broker

        Confirm with your agents or landlord when you will be getting the keys to your new property

1 Day before

        All packing should be done apart from essentials items in the kitchen and bathroom. Don’t forget to leave out the kettle and coffee making items including bedding to sleep on for the 1st night.

        Charge your mobile phone, as you will need it tomorrow

        Do a final check of cupboards, the loft, sheds so that nothing is left behind

On the Big Day!

        Welcome your House removal team and show them all items that are going and anything that is staying.

        Drop the children off or organise a corner of the lounge with some of their toys and a few treats. Older children may want specific tasks such as packing up their own personal box.

        Do a final clean of the house

        Make a note of all meters readings

        Do a final walk round of property including garage and garden.

        Lock all windows and doors and leave any information which may be useful to the new tenant  i.e. where is the stopcock, electric/ gas meter, fuse box

Your New Home

        Make sure all services – electric, water and gas – are working.

        Put the kettle on for your removal team when they arrive. Moving is thirsty business! Aim to be there when your removal team arrives so you can show them where you would like items and boxes to go.

        Make sure your locksmith arrives to change the locks

        When your removal team have finished. Check the inside of the van thoroughly; it is your responsibility to make sure all of your belongings are removed.    

        Don’t try and unpack everything today.

        Order in a takeaway, enjoy a glass of champagne and relax!


How can Swift Home Services ease the pressure of moving house?

End of Lease House Cleaning – Gold Coast & Brisbane from $35ph

Garden Tidy Ups from $50

Pest Control / Flea Treatments from $80

Carpet Cleaning from $99

Swift Home Services
PO Box 3655
Helensvale Town Centre
Gold Coast



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