When Is It Time to Leave?


No-one enjoys the ordeal of having to move.  All that packing, cleaning and re-organising your life can take its toll.  But – there are some things that you can do to minimise the trauma and bring organisation to the chaos.  Developing a schedule of what needs to be done and giving yourself time to deal with the things that you need to do will help make the move a lot less stressful.

As soon as you have a moving date – do a stocktake of your possessions.  What do you have that you no longer need?  Moving can be a wonderful catalyst for having a proper clean out and getting rid of all the “stuff” that you have been hanging onto.  That bit of exercise equipment that never gets used but takes up space...Why not sell it?  One less thing to have to cart to your new home!  Garage sales can be a great way to rid yourself of old clothes, unused children’s toys or bits of furniture that you no longer need.  And – best of all – gives you some money to help to go towards your moving costs.

Start packing early!  Get in enough boxes, packing crates and things like bubble wrap, butchers paper, packing tape and marking pens.  Think of each room – what is in there that can be packed that is not going to be used in the next few weeks leading up to moving day?  Where possible – clear one room or area that has easy access for movers and stack all packed boxes in the one area.  This will make it much faster for the removalists to load the truck on moving day and can save you a substantial amount of money.

When packing boxes – make sure that you do not overfill them so that they are not too heavy and break in transit.  Boxes should be labelled with the room they are to go to and include a list of contents either taped or written on the outside of the box.  You will give yourself a “high five” for doing this when you get to your new home and need to urgently find the kettle!

Leaving the property clean and in the condition that you found it given fair wear and tear, when taking over the lease is part of your responsibility as a Tenant.  This will ensure that you get a full bond refund in a timely manner.  A good way of doing this is to get a copy of the initial Entry Condition Report.  This will enable you to see all the things that get itemised as part of the Exit Condition Inspection. Undertake the cleaning room by room.  Concentrate on each room individually – floors, walls, light fittings and windows.  If you start this a few weeks ahead of moving – you will only need to do a regular clean on the day you vacate…all the hard jobs will be done.  Book your carpet cleaner/cleaner a few weeks in advance to come in when you have cleared out all your goods.  It is important to remember to leave the electricity connected to allow them to do their job.

Organise the electricity, internet, phone, Foxtel, water and gas to be put on at your new home and disconnected from your current address.

Have the lawn mowed and garden beds tidied as well as any exterior features of the house – e.g. Decks, garages, shed, etc.

Try and reduce your food and perishable stocks.  No big shops leading up to moving day.  Empty out your freezer contents and shop only for those things that you need. 

If you have pets – work out what you will do with them on moving day.  It might be advisable to have them looked after until after you have unpacked in your new home.  That way, they can enter their new house with all the familiar furniture and possessions in place.

Notify all the organisations that send you mail to your new address – banks, stores, Doctors etc. Update your records with schools and employers etc with your new address.

Have a supply of boxes and garbage bags for last minute things that need to be transported.  There is always a “last minute” box for those things that have not been packed. 

Lastly – put the rubbish bins out, or organise a neighbour to do this on Rubbish Removal day.

If everyone leaves their house the way they found it – your moving in should only be a matter of unpacking and enjoying your new surroundings!