Moving in-Moving out

  • Planning your first move out of home?

    Moving out of home for the first time can be a very big and scary step.  Get yourself ready by beginning to budget, collecting or buying some household goods and asking your parents or carers questions about the day to day costs of running a home.

    Learn some basics like: simple cooking and safe food storage, how to use the washing machine and clean its filters, how to empty the vacuum cleaner, change a light bulb, some cleaning and repair skills and what tools to use for odd jobs.

    Make a list of the things you will need, for example:

    • Cooking (Pots and pans, cutlery, crokery, utensils, plastics, chopping board and knives)
    • Electrical goods (fridge, washing machine, TV, microwave)
    • Cleaning (vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket , broom)
    • Bedding (bed linen, pillow, blanket or doona and towels)
    • Furniture (table and chairs, bed and wardrobe, lounge chair and coffee table, and book shelf)

    There is an endless list of items you can buy for your home, but these are the basics that will get you started.

  • Packing

    • This is a great time to get rid of all the junk you don’t really need. Put 2 extra boxes or bags in the corner, one for Op shop/recycling and another for rubbish.
    • If you’re moving into a small place consider packing your clothes in summer and winter lots, so you can store the off season ones.
    • Label all your boxes and bags so your helpers can drop them into the right rooms at the new place. This will also help you find items as needed.
    • Consider packing one suitcase with PJ’s and a change or two of clothes for everyone in the household plus toiletries. This is very handy if you have work or school the next day and haven’t got it all unpacked.

  • Transporting your stuff

    • Consider how much stuff you have to transport to your new home and how you will transport it. Will you need a truck or trailer or a removalist? (if you want to use a removalist get a few quotes as the prices can vary hugely)
    • Borrowing a trolley to move heavy things will help save back ache especially on stairs.
    • If you have a couple of strong helpers, check how long they are willing to help and get the heavy items moved while they are with you.
    • Consider the weather, and if you will need tarps to cover your possessions.
    • Tie down your load. You don’t want to get to the new place with your treasured comfy couch, to find you’ve lost a cushion somewhere along the highway? Elastic straps or tie downs are great if you’re not good at tying truckie’s knots!
    • Decide what you will bring first and how you will attack your unpacking, some people like to get the beds in and made up first, while others might want the kitchen set up as a priority.
    • Consider getting the fridge into place and plugged in as soon as possible.

  • Moving in

    Once you know your moving date, the first thing you will need to do is:

    •  Arrange the Electricity connection. See Utilities in the accommodation section (this may take up to 48hours depending on how long ago the previous service was on at your new address)
    • Phone your preferred phone company and arrange for your phone land line connection (if you want it)
    • Go to the new place with your camera and complete the Condition report and return it to the real estate agent within 7 days- it’s much easier to do this while the place is empty.
    • Check  the fuse box to ensure the hot water is switched on. It may take a full night to heat up if it’s an off peak hot water service.

    On the day of the move:

    •  Clear the entrance to the property, so the people carrying bulky items don’t trip or fall.
    • Place your labelled boxes in the rooms they will belong to.
    • Unpack or put together essentials first, eg. Put together beds and make them, get the fridge  in place and plugged in. etc

  • Moving out

    When you move out of a rental property at the end of your lease, there are a few steps you will need to take:

    • Give the correct amount of notice to the agent or land lord. Even though a lease has an end date, you still have to give notice.
    • Clean the property inside and out, to at least the same standard as it was on your condition report when you moved in.
    • Get the carpets cleaned if it is a condition set in your lease.
    • Mow the lawns, tidy gardens and removal all rubbish.
    • Repair any damage you are responsible for, like broken screens etc.
    • Notify your electricity/landline phone/gas suppliers etc to end your service on your last day.
    • Get your mail redirected.
    • Cancel any auto payments for your rent payments via bank debit or centrepay.

    Ending your tenancy well is very important so you keep on building a good rental history.