We understand how stressful moving house can be. You can ensure it all goes smoothly with the help of our handy checklist.
2 months before the move
- If you have children, check out schools and childcare services in your new area.
- If you are currently renting, tell your landlord that you’re intending to move. At this stage just a verbal indication should be fine; nothing formal, but enough so they know what’s on your mind. Check the details of your lease which will tell you how you can give notice, or if you are allowed to at all.
- Get quotes from different moving or moving rental truck companies. Make your decision on what truck/moving company you are going to use, book it and find out how you are expected to pay.
- If you have kids, get your hands on the enrolment details and term calendars for your preferred schools and childcare centres.
- Figure out what you don’t want to take with you and decide what you’ll do with it. A garage sale or a trip to the dump could be a good idea.
1 month before the move
- If you are renting and have a periodic lease you need to give your landlord 21 days written notice.
- Confirm your moving date with the moving/truck rental company.
- Arrange disconnection of power/gas/telephone/internet/SKY at your old house and arrange for them all to be connected up at your new house – make sure your essential services are all sorted at your new house on move in day.
- Arrange for your children’s school records to be transferred to their new school.
- If you’re moving cities, make your travel bookings.
- If you own a pet and are moving cities, get their records and medical history from your vet. Plan transport for your pets to your new home.
3 weeks before the move
- Confirm with your lawyer what documents you need to sign to make sure everything settles on time.
- Start making a list of people and organisations that need to be notified of your new address and contact details – this includes your bank, any magazine you may have a subscription to, your newspaper, and anyone else who may send you things in the post every now and then.
- Have a garage sale or get rid of any unwanted items.
2 weeks before the move
- Apply to have your mail redirected at your local PostShop.
- Let your friends and family know your new address – you can do this with ‘Change of Address’ cards available at your local Postshop.
- Let any businesses and organisations know of your new address – you can use the Postshop’s Change My Address tool to notify them all at once.
- If you are currently renting, arrange a time for your landlord to do a final inspection.
- Contact your insurer to update your home and contents insurance for your new home.
1 week before the move
- Make sure you’ve sorted out your groceries! This may seem like silly advice but it is a good idea to make sure any remaining food in your fridge is either used up or disposed of during that week if it cannot be easily transported to your new home.
- Start cleaning the house now.
- Do a final inspection of your new home with the real estate agent or vendor.
- Make sure you have some food and drink with you for the day.
- Leave a note with your contact details for the new owners / tenants.
- Give your movers your contact details and ensure you have their contact details.
- Read the meters at your old house so you can give these readings to your power company.
- Check all cupboards, drawers and storage areas at your old house to ensure you’ve left nothing behind.
- Make sure you lock all doors and windows before leaving your old house.
- Leave your old house keys with the agent or in a place agreed with the vendor.
- Check that power/gas/telephone/internet/SKY have been switched on at your new home.
- Take meter readings at your new home and give them to your power company.
- Check that everything in the property is in order and meets the terms of your purchase agreement. If moving into a rental property, take notes and photos of any issues or damage to the property that were there before you moved in and give a copy of this to your landlord to prevent losing your bond when you move out.
After the move
- Make a list of any items that were lost or damaged during the move and contact your moving company/insurance company.
- Update your electoral enrolment address at www.elections.org.nz
- If a new property was purchased, make sure you update or create a new will online.
- As you receive redirected items, use Postshop’s 'Change of Address' cards and Change My Address tool to notify of your new details.
- And finally, send out those invites for a housewarming party to celebrate your fabulous new home!
You can download this movers checklist (PDF - 108KB) to have on hand to help with your move.
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