Super Massive Moving House Checklist for 2024 - it's like the black hole of moving house checklists.

Check List

2 months before moving house

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Moving is a life transition that is filled with both excitement and challenges. To navigate this process smoothly, it is essential to have a solid understanding of your own needs and the scope of the project. This combined section will explore two key aspects: assessing the scope of your move and setting realistic timelines.

1. Assessing the Scope of Your House Move

Distance and Size:

  • Local Move: Moving within the same city typically involves less complexity. However, it is important to consider factors such as accessibility, handling bulky furniture, and deciding between DIY or professional options.
  • Long-Distance Move: Moving to a different city or state requires more planning. It is crucial to research transportation options, packing restrictions, and estimate travel time. It is also advisable to familiarize yourself with regulations and potential challenges that may arise.
  • International Move: Moving to a different country adds layers of complexity. It is essential to navigate customs procedures, ensure proper documentation, and understand different transportation methods. Seeking professional guidance early on is highly recommended.

Size and Inventory:

  • Studio apartments are a popular choice for those seeking a simpler living arrangement. However, it is important to consider accessibility and the potential challenges of accommodating bulky furniture in such spaces.
  • Family Home: A larger volume translates to more packing, the potential need for professional help, and the possibility of decluttering beforehand. It is advisable to create an inventory to keep track of all your belongings. (In the checklist above we talk about setting up a Google Drive - and using it to share the planning and stock take counting of belongings.)
  • Storage unit: Adds logistical considerations and may impact transportation costs. Please include it in your scope assessment. (But we have used these in the past, the things we need get moved, and the things that go into storage are either very important and valuable, or, we will trash them if we don’t need to get them from storage for 6 months)

Special Moving House Considerations:

  • Pets: Research airline and vehicle restrictions, pet-friendly accommodations, and the necessary documents. Carefully plan their needs.
  • Plants: Understand quarantine regulations and packing requirements for different species.
  • For valuables and fragile items, it is highly recommended to opt for professional packing, special insurance coverage, and delicate handling during transport.
  • 2. Setting Realistic Relocation Timelines

    Know Your Moving Deadline:

  • Moving Date: This is your starting point, but it's important to remember that preparation begins well in advance!
  • External factors to consider include lease/contract end dates, school breaks, and peak moving seasons, as these may have an impact on availability.
  • Break the move down into steps:

  • During the research and planning phase, which typically takes around 4-8 weeks, it is important to gather quotes, compare different moving companies, research any relevant regulations, and create a comprehensive checklist.
  • During the decluttering and packing phase, which typically takes around 2-6 weeks, it is important to sort your belongings, sell or donate any unwanted items, and begin packing non-essential items.
  • Logistics and arrangements (2-4 weeks): Confirm the movers, book travel arrangements, transfer utilities, and update your address.
  • Final preparations (1-2 weeks): Pack essential items, make arrangements for childcare and pet care, and finalize cleaning arrangements.
  • Embrace Flexibility:

  • Buffer Time: Allocate extra time for each task, taking into account unforeseen delays or complications.
  • Be adaptable: Unexpected events happen, so be prepared to adjust your timeline without compromising on quality.
  • Seek help: Do not hesitate to ask friends, family, or professionals for assistance when needed.
  • Remember:

  • Personalize: Adapt the timeline to suit your specific needs, pace, and available resources.
  • Start early: By beginning sooner, you can minimize the feeling of being rushed and stressed during the process.
  • Communication is key: Make sure to share your plan with everyone involved to ensure that everyone is on the same page.
  • By understanding your move's scope and setting realistic timelines, you avoid chaos and transform your move into a well-managed journey towards your new beginnings. Take a deep breath, plan, and embrace the excitement!

    3. Researching and Gathering Information about Moving

    Moving requires meticulous planning, and gathering accurate information is crucial. This section delves into two key areas: researching moving companies and understanding legal and logistical requirements.

    1. Researching Moving Companies

    Finding and Vetting Moving Companies:

  • Recommendations: Start with word-of-mouth referrals from trusted friends, family, or neighbors.
  • Online Resources: Personally I like Google reviews as these other companies seem to give better reviews if the moving company buys ad space.
  • Professional Associations: We put together a list from a bunch of directories, and then - went through and removed all the ones with bung phone numbers or websites.
  • Beyond Reviews of the movers:

  • Licensing and Insurance: When dealing with these companies, it is important to inquire about their insurance coverage. Ask if they are insured and what specific coverage they provide. It is essential to know if your belongings are covered in the unfortunate event of a truck fire or an accident that is not their fault.
  • Compare Services: Ask about offered services like packing, unpacking, storage, and insurance options. Understand what's included in their estimates.
  • Request Quotes: Get written quotes from at least three companies, comparing services, pricing, and insurance coverage details. Ask about potential hidden fees.
  • Remember:

  • Price Isn't Everything: Prioritize reliability and trustworthiness over the cheapest option.
  • Read the Fine Print: Carefully review contracts and understand hidden fees, cancellation policies, and claims procedures.
  • Don't Rush: Take your time researching and comparing companies before making a decision.
  • 2. Understanding Legal and Logistical Requirements when it comes to moving house:

    Legal Considerations:

  • Local/State Permits: Research any permits required for parking moving trucks, blocking streets, or using elevators in your buildings.
  • International Moves: Understand customs regulations, visa requirements, and documentation needed for transporting belongings across borders.
  • Insurance Coverage: Ensure that your homeowner's or renter's insurance includes coverage for potential damage during the move. If necessary, consider obtaining additional moving insurance.
  • Logistical Planning:

  • Parking and Access: Book parking permits well in advance, especially in crowded areas. Arrange elevator reservations in your building for loading/unloading. (This isn’t usually an issue in Australia).
  • Packing Restrictions: Before moving long-distance or internationally, it is important to research any restrictions on prohibited items imposed by movers or airlines.
  • Utility Transfer: Schedule utility disconnections at your old place and activations at your new home to avoid service gaps.
  • Change of Address: Notify relevant institutions (post office, banks, credit cards) of your move well in advance.
  • Remember:

    • Start Early: Researching regulations and securing permits takes time, so don't leave it to the last minute.
    • Ask for Help: Reach out to moving companies, building management, or relevant authorities for specific requirements and guidance.
    • Stay Organized: Maintain a file with all important documents, permits, and contact information related to your move.

    4. Creating Your Custom Moving House Checklist

    Conquering your move begins with a well-organized plan. This section will guide you through the process of creating a custom moving checklist that is tailored to your specific needs and timeline.

    1. Categorizing Your Moving House Tasks

    Breaking it Down:

    Divide your move into three major phases:
  • Pre-Move (6-8 weeks prior): Research, declutter, pack non-essentials, secure services.
  • Moving Day (the big day): Manage logistics, oversee the move, prepare new home.
  • Post-Move (first few weeks): Unpack, settle in, address final details.
  • Tailoring to Your Needs:

    Within each phase, create subcategories based on your unique situation:
  • Long-distance: Include tasks like booking flights, coordinating vehicle transport, and researching customs regulations.
  • Pets: Add tasks like finding pet-friendly accommodations, obtaining travel documents, and scheduling vet appointments.
  • Valuables: Include securing special insurance, arranging professional packing, and preparing detailed inventories.
  • Actionable Moving Tasks:

    Convert broad tasks into specific, actionable steps. For example, break down "declutter" into specific rooms or item categories. This provides clarity and motivation.


    • Flexibility: Your categories and tasks might evolve as you progress, so stay adaptable.
    • Personalization: Don't hesitate to add or remove categories based on your specific needs.
    • Use online tools: Many moving checklist templates and apps can aid in organizing and customizing your list.

    2. Prioritizing and Scheduling Moving Tasks

    Urgency vs. Importance:

  • Urgent tasks: Require immediate attention (booking movers, securing permits).
  • Important tasks: Critical for the move but have some flexibility (decluttering, packing essentials).
  • Moving Prioritization Strategies:

  • Eisenhower Matrix: Categorize tasks as urgent/important and schedule accordingly.
  • Kanban Board: Visually track task progress by status (to-do, in progress, done).
  • ABC Method: Label tasks as A (critical), B (important), or C (optional) for prioritization.
  • Creating a Moving House Timeline:

  • Estimate task durations: Be realistic! Research or consult professionals for accurate estimates.
  • Schedule key deadlines: Mark moving day, utility transfer dates, and permit expiration dates.
  • Block out time slots: Allocate specific timeframes for each task, considering urgency and dependencies.
  • Buffer time: Add extra time for unexpected delays or unforeseen challenges.
  • Remember:

  • Be realistic: Don't overload yourself. Schedule tasks based on your available time and energy.
  • Adjust as needed: Be flexible and adapt your timeline if circumstances change.
  • Use technology: Calendar apps, project management tools, and time trackers can enhance your scheduling efficiency.
  • Additional Moving and Planning Tips:

    Even if you don't use our checklist.
  • Share your checklist: Communicate your plan with family, friends, or hired help for better coordination.
  • Color-code: Use different colors to highlight urgent tasks, specific phases, or assigned responsibilities.
  • Celebrate milestones: Completing tasks fosters a sense of accomplishment and keeps you motivated.
  • 5. Utilizing Moving Resources Effectively and Efficiently

    Moving requires organization and resourcefulness. This section explores how to leverage digital and physical resources alongside seeking help and delegating tasks for a smooth transition.

    1. Digital and Physical Resources:

    Digital Tools:

    • Moving Sheets and stuff: Of course our checklist above, but also Google sheets has a default checklist that is amazing.
    • Project Management Apps: Trello, Asana, and Microsoft To Do help organize tasks, deadlines, and track progress.
    • Budgeting Apps: Mint and You Need a Budget allow for creating and managing your moving budget.
    • Comparison Websites: Angie's List and Yelp help research and compare moving companies.
    • Printable Checklists and Templates: Find free resources online for personalized customization.

    I personally only made use of the Google sheet, these other ones are nice, but don't really help.

    Physical Tools:

  • Planners and Notebooks: Pen down tasks, reminders, and notes for offline access.
  • Colored Highlighters and Sticky Notes: Visually prioritize tasks and categorize information.
  • Moving Binders: Organize documents, contracts, and receipts for easy reference.
  • Remember:

  • Mix and match: Combine digital and physical tools based on your preferences and comfort level.
  • Free resources: Many excellent tools are available at no cost, so explore before spending.
  • Security: Protect sensitive information by using secure apps and cloud storage.
  • 2. Engaging Help and Delegating Tasks:

    Friends and Family:

  • Clearly communicate: Discuss expectations, limitations, and preferred roles (packing, childcare, transportation).
  • Offer incentives: Show appreciation with meals, gifts, or covering expenses.
  • Delegate manageable tasks: Match tasks to individual strengths and skills.
  • Professional Movers and Services:

  • Consider complexity: Long-distance moves, large furniture, or specialized items might benefit from professional help.
  • Compare quotes: Get estimates from multiple companies, compare services, and understand insurance options.
  • Clearly define scope: Be specific about your needs and expectations to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Remember:

  • Delegate strategically: Prioritize delegating time-consuming or physically demanding tasks.
  • Set clear expectations: Communicate responsibilities, deadlines, and desired outcomes clearly.
  • Express gratitude: Thank those who help, verbally and with gestures of appreciation.
  • Additional Moving Delegation Tips:

  • Join online communities: Find moving support groups and forums for advice and shared experiences.
  • Utilize community resources: Libraries might offer moving supplies or rental equipment.
  • Explore local services: Consider hiring cleaners, handymen, or pet sitters for specific needs.
  • 6. Adapting and Updating Your Moving House Checklist

    Life rarely unfolds exactly as planned, and your move is no exception. Embracing flexibility and regularly adapting your checklist is crucial for a smooth and stress-free experience.

    Think of your checklist as a living document:

  • Revisit and Refine: Regularly review your tasks, noting completed items and adjusting others as needed. Unexpected events, changes in plans, or new information might necessitate alterations.
  • Prioritize Adaptability: Don't let setbacks derail you. If plans change, re-prioritize tasks and adjust deadlines to maintain control and momentum.
  • Embrace Unexpected Help: If offered assistance, readily adapt your plan to delegate tasks and free up your time and energy. Remember, accepting help doesn't diminish your accomplishment.
  • Staying Dynamic Reduces Stress

  • Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed: A rigid, outdated checklist can feel daunting. Continuous updates ensure you're focusing on relevant tasks, fostering a sense of progress and reducing stress.
  • Maintain Control: Adapting your plan demonstrates your ability to manage unforeseen challenges, empowering you to navigate the process with confidence.
  • Celebrate Flexibility: Recognize your ability to adjust and problem-solve as a valuable skill for both your move and future endeavors.
  • Remember, even the most meticulous plan can't predict every twist and turn. Treat your checklist like a dynamic guide, empower yourself to embrace change, overcome hurdles, and ultimately achieve a successful and stress-free move. Such an Aussie way to move right, why stress about it.

    Conclusion: Charting Your Course to a Smooth House Move

    Moving may seem daunting, but armed with the right tools and mindset, it can be a manageable and even exciting experience. This guide has equipped you with the knowledge to build a comprehensive moving house checklist, tailored specifically to your needs.

    Moving House Recap

  • Understand your Scope and Timeline : Assess the complexity of your move, considering distance, size, and special items. Set realistic timelines with flexibility for unexpected occurrences.
  • Research and Gather Information : Find reputable moving companies, compare services and prices, and understand legal and logistical requirements.
  • Create Your Custom Checklist : Categorize tasks by pre-move, moving day, and post-move phases. Prioritize based on urgency and importance, and schedule tasks realistically.
  • Utilize Resources Effectively : Leverage digital tools, apps, and printable resources for organization. Engage friends and family, or delegate tasks to professionals when needed.
  • Adapt and Update Your Checklist : Regularly revisit your plan, adjusting for changes and embracing unexpected help. Maintain flexibility to manage stress and ensure a smooth transition.
  • Remember:

  • Preparation is Key: Early planning and organization lay the foundation for a successful move.
  • Be Realistic: Factor in unexpected hurdles and remain flexible. Embrace challenges as opportunities to problem-solve and adapt.
  • Enjoy the Journey: Moving can be an adventure. Maintain a positive attitude, celebrate your accomplishments, and focus on the excitement of your new beginnings.
  • With a well-researched checklist, a touch of adaptability, and a dash of patience, you're well on your way to conquering your move and settling into your new home with confidence and satisfaction. So, take a deep breath, embrace the adventure, and remember, preparation and a flexible mindset are your keys to a successful move!

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