Handy Moving Hints and Tips

The following is a useful checklist designed to help you with your move into your new rental property.

Preparing for your move

Begin planning the logistics of the move: Start assessing everything that needs to be done as soon as you know you are going to move house. Getting quotes, choosing a removalist and sorting through household goods all takes time.

Decide on the date of the move: If you are moving into, or out of, an apartment complex, contact the building manager or concierge to check the rules concerning move-ins/outs and to schedule a time for your move. Once this has been done, contact your removalist or truck hire company to make a booking.

Make a list of who you need to notify with your new address: As well as family and friends you may need to notify the following:

– Vic Roads
– Taxation office
– Local council
– Electoral office
– Phone company
– Mobile service provider
– Internet service provider
– Satellite TV provider
– Gas company
– Electricity company
– Water company
– Previous real estate agency
– Doctors
– Dentists
– Solicitors
– Insurance companies – including car, home contents etc.
– Superannuation fund
– Your employer
– Department of Social Security
– Schools
– Child carers
– Banks
– Medicare
– Magazine subscriptions and mail outs you wish to continue to receive
– Charities
– Gym memberships and other memberships

Contact your property manager: Make sure that your bond is paid and lease is signed for your new property well before the move in date. If you are moving out of a rental property, arrange a time with the real estate agent for the final inspection.

Change-of-address/mail redirection: File the form with the post office at least a week before you move.

Packing and Cleaning: Start packing as soon as you can – and clean as you go. Number and label each box with the room it will be going to in your new home. When the boxes are being carried in, they can be placed directly in the correct room, so all that needs to be done is to put the contents away.

Arrange the utility connections for your new home: MICM Property offers our tenants a service that helps take the hassle out of moving. Our service provider DirectConnect can arrange the connection of your telephone, electricity and gas in one simple step. There are no additional charges for DirectConnect’s service. Further information will be provided by your property manager at the time of lease sign up.


The day before you move

  • Pack a box of useful items you will need to find quickly – such as extra packing tape, a marker pen, and things you will need for the first night in your new home.
  • Disconnect the washing machine so it can drain before it gets moved.


Moving day

  • Turn off the fridge and ensure it is empty before the removalists arrive.
  • Double check you haven’t forgotten anything!
  • Once everything is out of the house give it final clean.
  • Check that all boxes come off the truck (this is why it’s handy to have them numbered).


Immediately after the move

  • If you are moving out of a rental property, arrange to have the carpets steam cleaned and return the keys to the agent.
  • Organise for deliveries such as newspapers and so on to re-commence.