Moving house to Brisbane (or beyond)? Here’s a helpful checklist to get you started!

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Moving house? We feel your pain. While the idea of living in Queensland sounds amazing, sometimes actually making it happen can be a pain in the proverbial. This guest post, republished with permission, can help you remove some of the stress and replace it with good times. Yes, it is possible!

Moving House? Checklist At The Ready!

You don’t have fond memories of moving house. Your last move had you run off your feet trying to move house all by yourself with a rental truck. You injured your back trying to lift the couch, a very valuable family heirloom was broken, scratches were left on walls while you desperately tried to manoeuvre around corners and you were still transporting stuff by car at midnight. It’s not surprising that you have reservations about moving again, nor is it surprising that you’re considering removalists on Brisbane Northside to help you out on your next move.

It’s all about how you prepare for a move and the little extras that can make a move relatively hassle-free.

Have a moving house checklist

Stop relying on your memory to remind you of what you need to do for a smooth move and use a moving house checklist instead. In fact, just print this checklist right now.

6-8 Weeks before the move

• Arrange your move with XTRACARE Removalists Brisbane Southside or Northside and request extras like boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap so you can start packing
• Purchase pens and labels
• Create a file to record everything associated with the move including receipts for the removalist, cleaners, repair men etc.
• Contact the real estate to confirm when you need to pick up the keys for your new home as this will determine the exact move date
• If you need temporary storage, contact local storage facilities
• Arrange any mail redirection with Australia Post
• Roughly draw up plans of your new house and what will go in each room
• Pack boxes according to your plans
• Do a big declutter and donate, sell or throw out unnecessary items
• Arrange a skip bin for your big clean out
• Plan and schedule any repairs that need to be carried out

2-4 Weeks before the move

• Finalise your move with XTRACARE Removalists
• If you have children, arrange for friends or family to take care of them on the day of the move
• If you have pets, arrange for friends or family to take care of them on the day of the move
• Arrange for your utilities to be disconnected and reconnected (Phone, Internet, Electricity, Gas)
• Update your pet’s registration with the local council
• Arrange home & contents insurance on the new house
• Create an inventory of all the items you have so you can check them off on moving day
• Start packing items that you will not need over the next 2-4 weeks. Aim for one box a day. Use things like tshirts and towels to wrap breakable items
• Start labelling boxes room by room
• Brightly label boxes containing valuable items and ensure they’re bubble wrapped well.
• Create a box of essentials for those things you will need on moving day
• Confirm with your solicitor or conveyancer as to when your property will be settled
• Arrange for a cleaner if you’d prefer not to do it all yourself
• If your carpets need cleaning, arrange for these to be steam cleaned
• Arrange for time off work if you plan to do the work on a work day

The week of the move

• Make a schedule for the day of the move so things go smoothly
• Confirm the arrival time with XTRACARE Removalists
• Make sure essential items like the vacuum cleaner, mop, screwdrivers, tape etc. are handy
• Defrost your freezer and fridge the day before the move
• Create a box or bag with essential items like documents, snacks, water bottles, pens, paper etc.
• Set aside any boxes such as valuables you will transport yourself
• Disassemble furniture

The day of the move

• Disassemble your bed and pack away bedding
• Check off all items from your inventory list as they go into the truck
• Conduct a walk through and check that everything has been taken
• Confirm the new address with XTRACARE removalists
• Take your important documents with you in the file
• Lock up the house

At the new house

• Check that the utilities have been connected
• If you are renting, check the inspection report against the current state of the house, take photos and make notes
• Clean and vacuum where necessary
• Assemble and make beds first
• Start unpacking in the kitchen
With this moving house checklist and the help of XTRACARE Removalists Brisbane Northside and Southside, you can avoid further injury, irreplaceable breakages and being driven to the brink of madness and instead, simply enjoy your new home.

XTRA CARE Removalists offer premium moving experience at an affordable cost. They know the South-East Queensland corner like the backs of their hands and they’ll help you move with confidence, comfortably. 

Peace of cake! Now, where did we pack the plates…

If moving is already giving you a headache, make sure you do your research and choose the RIGHT movers for you. A little xtra care will make all the difference!



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