Moving house is not just about transporting your possessions from one location to another, it’s also about rearranging your life. The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) recommends the following checklist to help both buyers and sellers prepare for their next move.
Make sure the agent has provided you with all the keys to your new home and that you have handed over the keys from your current home to the agent or the buyer.
Consider changing the locks – you don’t know who might have copies of the keys.
If you are in a rental property, you will need to return the keys to the agent or landlord and organise the refund of your rental bond.
Whether or not you hire removalists, it is essential to plan all the important aspects of the move ahead of time.
If you are doing the packing, label everything clearly and box the items by room.
A floor plan of your new home should help you out. Otherwise, make sure your movers have a copy of the floor plan, and intend to follow it.
Breakables should be wrapped individually in newspaper, with the heaviest items at the bottom of the box.
Consider packing very fragile and personal items separately and taking them in your car.
It's good to have a box of essentials on hand, including items such as scissors and knives, masking tape, bubble wrap, old newspapers and rags, address book and contact numbers, garbage bags and cleaning products.
Services such as the electricity, water, gas and telephone should be discontinued before you leave the premises. Do not wait until the last minute to notify the various authorities as in some cases meters must be read.
Don’t forget to organise reconnection of services at your new home.
Advise all who need to know of your new address.
As well as family and friends, these may include your bank, solicitor, credit card company, insurance company, telephone company, social security, the tax office, your child's school and all the organisations and clubs you belong to.
Look through some of your past mail to check whether you have left anyone out.
Redirecting your mail at the post office will help with anyone you have forgotten or mail that has been sent prior to notification of a changed address.
Remember, your address will also need to be changed on your driver's licence.
Deliveries, such as milk, newspaper or magazine subscriptions, and so on will need to be cancelled.
If you have already ordered products they may have to be redirected.
Once you’ve taken care of the practical aspects of the move its time to say goodbye to your neighbours and settle into your new home.