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Moving to Australia Checklist

The process of moving is often underestimated. As a result of our experience and customer feedback, we have created this moving guide to assist you organise and plan moving to Australia.

Moving to Australia from NZ Checklist

4 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Ensure passports, visas and any travel bookings are finalised.
  • Contact the Post Office and request change of address forms for redirection of mail.
  • Contact your doctor, dentist and schools and request all records be sent out to you.
    Special Tip: Ask doctors and dentists for referrals to reputable health professionals in your new location.
  • If you haven’t already started, now would be a good time to start discarding unwanted items. You may want to consider having a garage sale.
  • Advise your bank and credit card companies of your move to Australia. Contact your Ausmove Move Manager to enquire about our currency transfer options that will beat any bank rates.
  • Notify the following departments/groups letting them know of your move:
    – Inland Revenue (I.R.D) – Electoral Registrar – NZ Police if you hold a firearms licence – your solicitors – your church or clubs you belong to – publications to which you subscribe (cancel or transfer subscription) – friends or family
  • Confirm your removal date with Ausmove, along with any other aspects of your move, e.g. packing, storage, insurance, documentation, your pets etc. and make sure we have customs documents, passport copies and service acceptance.

2 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Organise someone to look after your children and pets on the day of the move.
  • Return all borrowed items and collect items on loan.
  • Arrange for the cancellation of services such as electricity, gas, phone and internet.
  • Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.
  • Dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as inflammable liquids, perishable foods and talk to us about lithium ion battery items.
  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.
  • Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
  • Take animals to vet for immunisation if necessary.
  • Arrange travel insurance
  • Make sure inoculations for yourself and family are done.
  • Arrange International Driver’s Licence (if required).
  • Collect any laundry from dry cleaners.
  • Remove all food from the refrigerator, and defrost the freezer.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Empty the fuel and oil from mowers and clean thoroughly, DAFF in Australia will inspect it.
  • Have gas bottles professionally purged if your including in the shipment.
  • Clean out medicine cabinet and dispose of unwanted medicines in a safe way, i.e. via the chemist.
  • Anchor the drum of the automatic washing machine – please consult your local appliance dealer.
  • Arrange an easy meal for moving day with disposable utensils, or eat out.
  • Arrange disposal of unwanted furniture.
  • Set aside jewellery, money, valuable documents, travel documents, passports, stamp collection, to take in your possession. Don’t forget books and games for the children.
  • Secure pets for move day, or with our pet relocation service partner, it would be usual to have the pets in boarding during packing.

On Move Day

  • Be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions and engage with our packing team.
  • Anything left behind? Prior to Ausmove leaving, check the garage, under the house and in unused cupboards? We get you to sign confirming everything is in order.
  • No clothes at the dry cleaners or goods at the repairers?
  • Keep keys and manuals etc for the new owner.
  • Has your new house been cleaned prior to moving in? It’s easier to do when it’s empty and Ausmove can arrange this if required.

Handy Moving Tips

  • Ensure fridge / freezer cleaned – wipe out using a damp cloth with vanilla essence, blow dry (especially corners), put silica gel into a compartment or four to five tea bags which will soak up any moisture and will ensure it won’t go mouldy during transit.
  • Don’t place breakables, liquids or heavy items in drawers.
  • Avoid overloading drawers with linen, etc. and don’t forget to check that all items have been packed and loaded before our team leave.

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