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Moving Home Checklist

Moving Home Checklist

Moving home can seem like a mammoth task, but if you follow this step-by-step checklist provided by www.realestate.co.nz, you may find it a whole lot easier... 

Before the move... 

  • Look for and book a moving company. Or, if moving yourself, shop for and book a rental truck.
  • Prepare an inventory of everything you will be taking with you.
  • Have a big clean up and throw out. Organise a garage sale, give away to friends, sell your items online or donate to charity. 
  • If relocating long distance, give notice at your job and/or schools. Also, if moving long distance, book travel arrangements. 
  • Confirm new school and childcare places if they have been pre-arranged. If not, explore the options and apply for places. 
  • Talk your children about the move. 
  • Compile the contact details of friends and colleagues. 
  • Let the relevant people and organisations know you are moving. 
  • Investigate local health facilities and sporting and social clubs in your new area. 
  • Organise a farewell party (or delegate it to family or a good friend!). 
  • Give notice to your landlord or agent, if you are in rented accomodation. 
  • Organise boxes and packing materials. 
  • Start using all food items in the freezer. 
  • If possible, visit your new home and start getting familiar with the local area. 
  • Check your insurance to make sure your goods will be covered during the move. 
  • Get packing! Have a plan and do one room at a time, leaving just the essentials out until the last week. 
  • Check on how best to move pets and plants. 
  • Keep important documents, receipts, bank statements and final bills in one place. 
  • Arrange utility disconnections and reconnections. 
  • Organise to have your mail redirected with New Zealand Post. 
  • Arrange to have the carpets professionally cleaned just before you move out. 
  • If necessary, organise a babysitter for the day of the move. 
  • Clean and defrost the fridge and freezer. 
  • Back up your computer files before your equipment is packed away. 
  • Prepare the stereo, DVD player and white goods for packing. 
  • Collect dry cleaning and return videos, library books and any borrowed items. 
  • Cancel any deliveries (e.g. of newspapers, milk and groceries) – and organise them to start up at your new home. 
  • Arrange an inspection with the landlord or agent so that your bond can be released. 
  • Collect the keys for your new home. 

On the big day itself... 

  • If moving yourself, collect the rental truck on time. 
  • If using a moving company, make sure the driver has the correct details of your mobile number and new address. 
  • Dispose of food, empty bins and leave the place neat and tidy. 
  • Check that all items included in your Tenancy Agreement (if applicable) are intact. 
  • Check that nothing belonging to you has been left behind. 
  • Make sure you have valuables, essential items, food (e.g. sandwiches and snacks) and drinks with you. 
  • Read meters so that you won’t be overcharged on any utility bills. 
  • Make sure that the property is secure and that the lights, hot water system, gas meter and electricity switchboard are turned off. 
  • Leave the keys with the appropriate person or agency. 

At your new home... 

  • Double-check that everything in the property is in order and meets the terms of your purchase contract. 
  • Check that the electricity, gas, hot water and telephone connections have been switched on. 
  • As you begin the unpacking process, check for damage or missing items. 
  • Check security. If you are concerned, arrange to have the locks changed. 
  • Update your electoral enrolment details to ensure you’re correctly enrolled to vote – go to www.elections.org.nz to enrol or update your address Freetext your name and address to 36 76 or call 0800 36 76 56 for an enrolment form. 
  • Update your will – this should happen whenever your financial circumstances change. 
  • Introduce yourself to the neighbours and get acquainted with the neighbourhood. 
  • And finally, but certainly not least... crack open that bottle of bubbly, set a date for a housewarming party and start celebrating your new home!