Tips for moving house

Jocelyn Mackenzie-Ross

Moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences you will go through. Brisbane Removalist and Storage is here to make everything go as smoothly as possible. Our moving hints and tips will help you to achieve that.


5-7 days before the move 

  • Arrange mail redirection and Electoral Roll transfer.

  • List essential items you will need on moving day.

  • Arrange disconnection and connection of utilities and telephone/internet.

  • Cancel any local arrangements such as lawn mowing, newspaper delivery, etc.

  • Clean out medicine cabinet and pantry.

  • Empty rubbish bins.

  • Do final clear out of garage and/or shed.

  • Dispose of flammables, paints and other items which can’t be transported.

  • Drain fuel from lawn mower and any other equipment.

1 day before the move 

  • Defrost fridge/freezer, remove food and wipe out interior. Put a toilet roll in the fridge to absorb any moisture and prevent mould.

  • Wipe out the interior of washing machine and clean the lint filter of clothes dryer.

  • Separate items that belong in the house such as baking trays, appliance instruction manuals, window coverings, etc.

  • Disconnect televisions, stereos, computer equipment, etc and keep cords and remote controls together in a plastic bag.

The big day

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before so that you are refreshed for the move. Try to have a big breakfast so you have plenty of energy.

  • Make sure your “essentials carton” is packed with everything you will need immediately when you arrive at your new house.

  • Set aside important documents such as passports and birth certificates along with valuables like jewellery. These should be taken with you so put them in a box/bag marked “DO NOT REMOVE”.

  • Strip beds and pack bedding in your “essentials carton”. Wash any crockery, cutlery and glassware and wrap in white paper before packing. 

  • Dispose of any leftover food and other items which can’t be transported.

  • Make sure children and pets are out of the way, preferably at a friend’s place during the move.

  • Ensure there is one person in charge to liaise with the removalists to show them what is being moved and advise of any special requirements or difficult access points.

  • Once the removalists have left, check that all taps and lights are turned off, cupboards are empty, windows and doors are locked and all sets of keys are ready to be surrendered to the new owner/estate agent/caretaker.