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Moving to Australia Checklist
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Below is our Moving to Australia Checklist (Pre Move Planner). Let us help you organize and plan your move. You can download a printable version here, ready for you to print and put on your fridge – MTA-MovePlannerChecklist.pdf.
Moving to Australia Process
If you are after a more general list of areas you will need to address when weighing up your potential move to Australia, then read my moving to Australia process post. That covers the big stuff you’ll need to organize when you are thinking and planning about the proposed move.
Moving to Australia Checklist
4 weeks before you move to Australia:
Ensure passports, visas and any travel bookings are finalized.
Contact the Post Office and request a change of address form for redirection of mail.
Contact your doctors, dentist, and 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.
Set up an account with XE money transfers and get to know what is a good or bad exchange rate.
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 a firearms license – Your solicitors – Your church or clubs you belong too – Publications to which you subscribe (cancel or transfer subscription) – Friends or Family
Choose and confirm your furniture removal with your chosen international moving company. And any other aspects of your move packing, storage, insurance, documentation, your pets, etc.
2 weeks before you move to Australia:
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.
Organize someone to look after your children and pets on the day of the move.
Return all items borrowed 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 the vet for immunization if necessary.
Personal accident and medical insurance arranged.
Inoculations for yourself and your family.
Power of Attorney arranged.
Collect any laundry from dry cleaners.
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 the medicine cabinet and dispose of items 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.
Dispose of or arrange storage for unwanted furniture.
Return any borrowed items and garden tools
Set aside jewellery, money, valuable documents, travel documents, and stamp collection to take with you. Don’t forget books and games for the children.
Lock up pets if required.
On move day:
Be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.
Anything left behind? Check prior to leaving the garage, under the house, or in unused cupboards.
No clothes at the dry cleaners, goods at repairers.
Has your new house been cleaned prior to moving in – it’s easier to do when it’s empty.
Handy Hints for your move to Australia:
Ensure fridge/freezer is cleaned – wipe out using a damp cloth with vanilla essence, blow-dry, especially corners, and 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.
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