Moving House

The Aussie Over 50s Guide to Moving Location!

The Decisions to Make

Most people would just like to make one phone call to a reputable company and ask then to do all the work!

The years of collecting and not tossing and things out has finally caught up and it's time to downsize or move.

Where Do We Start?

The very first thing to think about is REMOVING ALL THE STRESS!

It is very hard to achieve anything when one's mind is not clear and you don't have a plan!

Lets try to give you a plan of action and recommend a few people that might help you along the way.

You will have a certain amount of organizing to do. It stands to reason if all is to go well with your move you need to plan it well. The following is a little information that has been designed to assist you as much as possible.


The 'Do Nots'

Do not just call the first person that you find; that tells you they can do it all for little cost!

Do not call the family just yet! Everyone will tell not to do this and not to that. Allow time to decide how you want the move to go first.

Do not ask the neighbours! They do not know what you own or have and they will know if you!

You need to set out a plan once you have decided to move take your time and develop a plan of action.

The Plan

Give yourself as long as possible, lets face it you in most case people have lived at the same place for year and years. So you don't need to move in a few days or weeks!

To give you an idea the minimum time you need to allow should be (if you can) five or six weeks or at least one month before the move.

As mention it will depend on how long you have lived at the current property, how much you have accumulated and what you will need to dispose of.

It is highly recommended that you start with a list, you might start with who will you give particular items to, what family members liked and would like to have, so lets start here!

HEY! Remember this is not a WILL! You're not departing this world just yet! So don't give a way everything for the moment only the things that need to be move on or you are unable to take with you.

It could be a good idea, to hire a mini rubbish bin (skip) or a trailer to remove those unwanted items.

After making up the list for the family, you may consider a garage sale? Lots of people hold garage sales to sell old treasures and unwanted goods. Someone trash can often be another's treasure. If this is your intention, ad that to the list GARAGE SALE!

Don't forget you will need to place the ads in newspapers a week before. Then start preparing by placing sellable items into boxes and tagging them with a price. You culd have a number of items in boxes with a price on the lot. People might only want one thing from the box, BUT they must take to whole box with them.

You will also need to find a space to put things ready for the open day and understand all the good things go early and you will have things left over.

Unwanted clothes can go to the charity bins, as can some unwanted furniture, just be sure to telephone the charity and ask what they will and will not except. As now days there are laws covering much of what you give.

Well Done! You have worked your way through the property including the shed and removed all the unwanted goods, RIGHT?

It could be a good idea to around room by room one more time. Because on you first try, you might have kept a few things back that you though you might like to keep.

Ok! You have been over every room and dispose of all those unwanted things. Now you only need pack what you really need to take.

Time to call family and friends and find out if anyone would like to have a particular unwanted item or items.

Special things to go through clothes, attic, basement, kitchen cupboards, there is always dozens of items you have not used for years in the kitchen, toy chests are a must to do, and the bookshelves, there are people that specialise in buying unwanted books.

It is a good idea NOW to discuss the move in detail with the family, especially the grandchildren, keep in mind that moving can be a stressful time for them too.

The Tax Office

when you are selling things and placing money into a bank account, it is a good idea to inform your accountant of the changes you are making in your life and/or issue and keep all the receipts for every thing sold.

House hold appliances, take the time to evaluate whether you take them or sell them. Consider there age, size and colour. Some of these items might just now fit or suit.

Using a Removalist

Using a professional removalist is always a good way to go, however before you start to contact these people it is a very good idea to make up a complete inventory of all the goods you need to move. Because the very first question you will be asked is how much do you have?

The very best way to do this is a room by room and list everything is usually the best way to go. Select a note book or set up something on the computer. Don't forget the pot plants, hanging baskets, special out door items you need to take and the tool shed.

As you are getting closer to the moving day start to cook or use all the frozen items. In general it is a good Idea to run down all the food items.

Do Not Forget the Utilities

You will need to notify all the utilities of your move and do not forget the lawn mowing man, the security service company, window cleaner, for that matter any regular services of your vacating date. Do not forget to request refunds from any advance deposits or security deposits on utilities or rentals.

Mail is super important, you need to visit the post office check out what they have to offer and in the future set up a redirection for you mail. Also notify any publications, and correspondents of change of address and date of move.

Insurance is also a big thing cancel you current insurance and set up a now policy from the new residence, just be sure to coordinate with your insurance company so your new residence is covered immediately.

Car registration, if your moving interstate you will need to visit the local state Government department vehicle registration people to make the changes required and grab a new set of state number plates, even if your not moving interstate you will need to change you address details for your driver's license, registration, and motor vehicle insurance.

Do Not Forget the Pets

So many people forget about pets, they are going to new home too. It is a good idea if you can to take the pet to the new property before the move and you might need to check with your veterinarian regarding any travel preparation needs. You may need to place the pets into a pet boarding home for a short time, if so make enquiries because you may be required to bring vacations up to date.

Gym and swimming pool and club memberships may need to be changed, lockers emptied or altered.

You will need to organize to obtain packing cartons and sticky tape and marking pens. With the cartons it is a very good idea to try to obtain cartons that are all the same size. Small medium and large BUT all the small should be the same etc. This make for easy carting and packing on the truck.

As you pack the cartons you need to mark each one with its continence bathroom, kitchen, bedroom 1, etc. and label each carton with the location in the new home and be sure to make cartons that have breakables - either GLASS OR FRAGILE.

So many people loose property when moving. Cartons seem to just get lost! So it is a very good idea to count and number the cartons as you pack then be sure to count them as they leave and when they arrive.

Cleaning, if cleaning is required and you are going to do the work best time is on the day of the move as each room empties - you are able to clean. You could come back the next day and do it then. Or do what many do and just book a professional cleaner to come in after everything has been moved out. Remember as new people move in they will create a mess. Be sure to book a carpet cleaner a week or so in advance.

Two Weeks Before the Move

Contact telephone, electric, paid television, gas and water companies and confirm specific date on which to discontinue services. Make sure you note of the day and time you called and the day and time these will be turned off for any future reference.

It is also a good idea to advise utility companies of your new location and when to start new services. You need to power on when you arrive.

Cancel the milk man, cleaner, newspapers, transfer and medical information over to the new doctor and dentist and advise Medicare of the change of address.

Arrange for the safe transfer of valuables such as jewelry, safe-deposit box continence, share broker and portfolios. Tell you lawyer and accountant of the move and a just any legal documents; advise all insurance companies and ajust policies.

Flammable Items

Flammable, combustible items or Gas bottles can NOT be carried by any removal company. No, No's are; Fuels including petrol, fertilizers of any description, ammunitions, acids, aerosol cans, paints, corrosives and/or flammable liquids, will NOT be carried, as it may invalidate insurance.

Pests and Vermin

Cockroaches and termites, yuck! It is a really good idea to arrange pest control for the new property.

One Week to Go

Before the move it is best to confirm that the Post Office has been notified of your change of address.

Lawn mowers, edging snipers, chain saws, etc. should be emptied of any fuels, oils or gases as should gas grills and kerosene heaters must all be empty well before transportation. Check to make sure you didn't leave anything at the dry cleaners.

By the way it is a good idea to mark one carton to be placed onto the removal track last So in turn it comes off first - In this carton you will include essentials like; Hot water jug or kettle, coffee & tea makings, sugar, cup or mugs and don't for get a small spoon.

Place the first aid kit in this box to for any unexpected nicks or cuts include the head ace pills and any essential personal medications or bathroom items. It's also a good idea to place a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers and a few nails in this carton.

Need to set up the computer quickly? Ensure you include the power cords and other leads for TV's Stereos in this carton.

Bed wheels and other bits and pieces. Plus nuts and bolts from any items that has been removed from furniture.

It's also a good box to drop those last minute items that are found around after furniture has been removed.



Defrost the fridge, freezer and clean them up. It is a good idea to complete this task at least 24 hours in advance of the move.

Do not turn off the telephone as you could need it through your moving day.

Cleaning unfortunately now is the time to start, that is of course if you are going to do it.

One Day Before the Move

You need to have all your cartons stacked and ready in one room or place, be sure to ensure that other furniture can be moved past them with ease.

This is your move and your belongings so you need to ensure someone is on site to supervise the move. Pack all your valuables you intend to take with you and it is a good idea to have these items removed from the premises.

Ensure all the keys to the property are ready to be handed to the agent or the new owners, landlord or a trusted neighbour.

Tell someone you are leaving tomorrow advise them of your itinerary in case of emergency.

Moving Day

Everything ready! A little time left to go over your list and check everything has been done. When the removal truck arrives there staff will take control and liaise with you and start the move. Loading and packing the items onto the truck will take a little time but once its done items you are taking with you on the trip, including luggage.

IMPORTANT ! Search and check every room before the removalist departs.
Take note of the removalist name and contact phone number and give them yours and check they have the final destination address.

Check all the taps and hot-water heater and power are turn off and unplug the telephone. Check the windows are closed and the garage door locked. Note anything on timers should be checked and ensure that the new owners have access to the alarm code.

Moving In

Make sure you arrive at the new home before the removalist. You don't want or need to pay a waiting charge. You only need to advise the removal staff where you would like thing s to be placed.

Remember they are not there to set up your new home.

Good luck.


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