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Here’s A Moving Checklist For Your New Rental Property

Moving into a new place is as equally as fun and exciting as it is exhausting and stressful. You can plan and plan, but on the day there’s bound to be some unexpected bumps along the way.

We are here to try and make this move as easy and hassle-free as possible. Let’s all take a deep breath, and talk about all the things you should have sorted before going ahead with the move, things you should know for the moving day, and what to do once you’ve moved in.

Instead of writing yourself a million lists, just follow this one moving checklist.

Get all your stuff from A to B

The largest and certainly the most physically demanding part of moving is the act of actually shifting your stuff. Whether you’ve got loads of furniture, or just a few bits and pieces, there’s always safety in numbers – gather reinforcements.

Ask your mates to help out even if they’re just an extra set of hands. If they have a ute you can borrow, even better. Not only will it make the entire process easier and lighter work, you’ll save money on hiring removalists.

Of course, hiring removalists is sometimes unavoidable, so be sure to shop around for the best possible deal.

Sort out your utilities, ASAP

Just because when you moved in you were greeted with gas, electricity and running water, doesn’t mean it’s going to remain that way, so put sorting out your utilities on top of your moving checklist.

You’ll need to create a new energy account (and any other utility accounts you may require). It’s quick, easy and you can do it online. Just do it before you’re left in the dark, literally.

Same goes for internet

Most people forget that Internet needs to be connected, or just wait until they move in to start sussing it out. This is fine if you’re happy to go without, but if you need it for work, or just really, really need to watch Netflix, it’s best to organise it before moving day.

If not, be prepared for it to take a few weeks to be up and running.

Remember to update your contact information

When you move places it’s important to update your contact information, so add it to your moving checklist. That way you won’t be missing out on any important mail.

The list of places you need to notify your address change to is quite extensive, and includes the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Australia Post and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Luckily, the Australian government has a full list available on their website, so you don’t forget anywhere.

You can also set up a mail redirect with Australia Post via their website.

Familiarise yourself with the area

Know where all the important places are: the closest chemist, supermarket, doctor’s clinic, service station, and mechanic. All those places you might need in case of an emergency.

It’s also just nice to explore new places. Find some nice restaurants, running routes, a spot in a nearby park to read at, whatever you feel.

Remember to return your new tenant moving checklist!

This is super important. When you move in you should be given a rental moving checklist, which states the condition of your new place. You can agree, or disagree with what’s stated in the document. It’s just to make sure the place is up to scratch.

Go through each room and make note of every crack, every chip, every scuffmark and every stain and take pictures. If there’s anything that needs fixing, it’s best to request that from your real estate sooner rather than later.

When it’s time to get your bond back, that chip on the bathroom tiles may just be the determining factor of whether or not you get the full amount returned. 

Get some spare keys cut

Disclaimer: some new and fancy keys can’t be easily cut to make copies, and it’s always nice to ask for your real estate’s approval before making copies.

If you get the green light, head to a hardware shop and get a few spares cut. You can give a set to a pal who lives nearby. Then if you get locked out or lose your set, you can still gain access to your property and won’t have to call a locksmith.

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful if you cover all bases and are a little bit organised. Follow this list and you’ll be set.

Oh, and happy moving day!


Bradley is a writer from regional NSW and he didn’t come here to make friends, he came to win. He tweets infrequently to his 43 followers @bradjohnston_.

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