Moving house checklist

Why use a checklist when preparing your house move?

At David Jones Removals & Storage, our aim is to provide a professional high quality service and to ensure that we deliver a competitively priced stress-free removal service.

One way in which we do this is to help you structure and plan your move in detail and therefore we offer all prospective and current customers a range of additional services, tools and tips such as our moving house checklist below.

Our moving house checklist – provided free for your use – will help in giving you an idea of the type of tasks which need to be undertaken when planning the removal process and by approximately when each task should be completed.

Make use of a checklist such as our moving house checklist

Whether you are moving locally, regionally, interstate or overseas, our checklist and removal planner will guide you through the key tasks relating to the move process.

Please feel free to print out this page and check-off the various tasks as you complete them.

We are also available to assist should you have any questions or would like to arrange a quote or book in a removal or arrange for short or long term storage. where you feel you need us, please contact us if you need to have a chat.


  • Start a central file for your move documents
  • Is the removal company booked?
  • Create a floor plan of your new home and plan the placement of furniture (do you need storage?)
  • Insurance – Transit, Home & Contents transfer
  • Have you planned your packing? (do you need help with this?)
  • Check the inventory list, cross off everything you don’t absolutely need and dispose of these items. (Do you need help decluttering?)
  • Check the garden
  • Check the garage
  • Check the shed
  • Check under the house
  • Newspaper and other subscriptions cancelled or redirected
  • Arrange for disposal of garden chemicals, paint, fuel etc.
  • Frozen Food – plan to eat it before you leave.
  • Travelling – have you arranged passports, visa’s, money and accommodation.
  • Arrange to have your mail held or redirected to new address
  • Arrange school, day care transfers etc.


  • If you planned to do some packing, start now
  • If you need cartons and packing material, arrange delivery (we offer free delivery in Sydney Metro area)
  • Label every carton by content and room identification
  • Collect all your relevant authorities including electoral office, Post Office, Taxation Office, Insurance Companies, motor vehicles associations, medical, dental, local council, Banks, financial institutions, Schools, Clubs, Library, Solicitor, Mains Roads Dept, Real Estate Agent, Landlord, Social Security departments
  • If you are driving long distances get your car checked
  • Begin to dismantle any furniture items that come apart
  • Arrange to transfer your bank accounts
  • Arrange telephone, electricity, gas supply for your new home
  • Arrange for pet vaccinations if required
  • If your boat or trailer is to be included with the load, ensure all loose items are packed away
  • Return any borrowed items, Library books, videos etc.


  • Establish cut off dates for electricity, gas and phone
  • Make a list of your requirements on moving day
  • Get a street directory of your new town or city
  • If you are transporting your car make arrangements are in place
  • Cancel newspaper, milk, soft drink and other deliveries
  • Ensure any travel arrangements for your pets have been confirmed
  • Pets can often sense that changes are occurring and it’s a good idea to arrange for your pets to be collected the before you move
  • Drain fuel from lawn mower, empty any gas cylinders / bottle (your local garage may be able to help you with this)
  • Remove batteries from any battery powered devices


  • Arrange the necessary finances for payments and moving day
  • If travelling by car check oil, water, tyres etc.
  • Pack luggage, those items you will need immediately after you move
  • Will you need to arrange special parking or access for your removalist to your home?
  • Collect dry cleaning
  • Do the laundry
  • Dispose of any remaining chemicals, flammables and garbage
  • Pack the items the professionals will not be packing
  • Do you have packing boxes, wrapping paper, sealing tape and marker pens for the packing you will do?


  • If you are having your items professionally packed, this will happen today as per your instructions
  • Separate the items you have packed and will be taking with you from the items to be packed
  • Defrost your fridge, clean it our and dry it
  • Eat or dispose of any food remaining in kitchen
  • Leave your forwarding address and phone number for your new home’s occupants/landlord
  • If your house will be vacant for a while notify police and neighbours


  • When the removalist arrives, make sure they know where they can park their vehicles
  • If you can’t be there, you will need to appoint an agent to act on your behalf
  • Walk around the house with the removalist to show them exactly what you want done. Show them what you will want as soon as you arrive at the new house. They can pack these items last
  • Pack yourself a survival kit with toiletries, tea, coffee, milk and other drinks, personal items, first aid ket, spare clothing, tea towels and other dish cleaning equipment
  • If you still have pets at home, make sure they are confined and keep children out of removalists way
  • Collect all house keys and keep out of the removalists way
  • Place all items that are being transported by yourself securely in your cat boot out of sight, locking all doors and keeping your keys in your pocket. If renting, keep keys in the car ready to be delivered to the agent as you leave. If your car is being transported, make other secure arrangements
  • Make a final check of all cupboards, cabinets and storage areas to make sure nothing has been left behind
  • Make a final check in all sheds and the garden area
  • Before the removalist leaves, walk around and check all areas. If moving interstate or your goods are going to storage, check and then sign the inventory
  • Turn off the power to the house, tighten all taps, make sure the gas and all electrical switches are off
  • Lock all doors and windows


  • If renting, conduct a walk through before delivering furniture, documenting the state of the house
  • Have the removalists place heavy furniture in the room and position where you want it. It may be difficult to rearrange heavy items once they have gone
  • If your goods are coming from storage, interstate or overseas, check the inventory carefully and sign off on it once satisfied all items on the list are accounted for
  • Locate all keys to your new house
  • If you are concerned about security, arrange to have all the locks changed
  • Check that the gas, power and telephone are connected
  • Turn on the hot water system
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