Moving to Australia Checklist

Moving to Australia Checklist

Below is a Moving to Australia Checklist (Pre Move Planner) Ausmove put together to help you organize and plan your move. You can download a printable version here, ready for you to print and put on your fridge - Moving to Australia CheckList.pdf.

4 weeks before you move:

  • Ensure passports, visas and any travel bookings are finalised.
  • Contact Post Office and request change of address forms for redirection of mail.
  • Contact your doctors, dentist, schools and request all records be sent out to you.
    (Tip: Ask Doctors and Dentists for referrals to reputable Health professionals in your new location).
  • If you haven't already started, now would be a good time to start discarding unwanted items.
  • Advise your bank and credit card companies to arrange transfer of funds and/or termination of your account.
  • Notify the following departments/groups letting them know of your move:
    - Department of Inland Revenue (IRD)
    - Electoral Registrar
    - Your local council
    - Police Department if you hold firearms licence
    - Your solicitors
    - Your church or clubs you belong too
    - Publications to which you subscribe (cancel or transfer subscription)
    - Friends or Family
  • Confirm your removal date with Ausmove. And any other aspects of your move packing, storage, insurance, documentation, your pets etc.

2 weeks before you move:

  • Ensure to discontinue the following:
    - Milk/bread delivery
    - Newspaper delivery
    - Telephone
    - Gas and electricity
    - Water services
  • You can't take plants with you, so start giving them away.
  • Organise someone to look after your children and pets on the day of the move.
  • Return all items burrowed and collect items on loan.
  • Arrange for disposal of anything unwanted you have not got rid of.
    Dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as inflammable liquids.
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
  • Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
  • Take animals to vet for immunization if necessary.
  • Personal accident and medical insurance arranged.
  • Inoculations for yourself and family done.
  • Power of Attorney arranged.
  • Collect any laundry from drycleaners.
  • Remove all food from the refrigerator, and defrost the freezer.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Empty the fuel and oil from mowers and clean.
  • Empty gas bottles.
  • Clean out medicine cabinet and dispose in a safe way. I.e. via the chemist of unwanted medicines.
  • Arrange an easy meal for moving day with disposable utensils, or eat out.
  • Disposal of, or arrange with Ausmove to store unwanted furniture.
  • Return any borrowed items and garden tools
  • Set aside jewelry, money, valuable documents, travel documents, stamp collection, to take in your possession. Don't forget to books and games for the children.
  • Lock up pets if required
  • Arrange for someone to mind the children on move day

On move day:

  • Be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.
  • Anything left behind, check prior to Ausmove leaving the garage, under the house or in unused cupboards?
  • No clothes at the dry cleaners, goods at repairers
  • Keys surrendered
  • Has your new house been cleaned prior to moving in - its easier to do when its empty Ausmove can arrange this if required.

Handy Hints:

  • Ensure fridge/freezer cleaned - wipe out using a damp cloth with vanilla essence, blow dry especially corners, put silica gel into fresh a compartment or four to five tea bags which will soak up any moisture and will ensure it won't go mouldy.
  • Don't place breakables, liquids or heavy items in drawers
  • Avoid overloading drawers with linen etc, and don't forget to check that all items have been moved.

Good Luck!

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