Checklist for Moving from Melbourne to the Country

So you’ve finally decided to leave behind the stress, pollution and noise of the city for a more peaceful life out in the countryside, but where do you start? Relocating is always a tricky endeavour that takes quite a bit of coordination and help from friends and family. This is made doubly so by the distances between Melbourne and the countryside, meaning that any move between the two will really need a well thought out plan and plenty of organisation.

To help you do this we have compiled a simple checklist of the most important things you need to think about when organising your relocation.

Planning your move

This is perhaps the step that most people gloss over when moving house. Planning is really vital to get everything right, and everything there, on time.

  • Create a schedule. Perhaps the first thing that you need to do is set a moving date, write up exactly what steps you will take and when you will do them. A good milestone is to begin your preparations four to six week out from the moving date so that you have time to get everything done without the stress.
  • Book a removalist. While some moves can be DIY, moving to the countryside can be a little trickier. If you don’t have a big enough truck it could set you back hours of driving between Melbourne and your new home. A professional can help you save time and complete the move safely.
  • Inform your job. Whether you will be starting a new job in the countryside or continuing with your old one it is important to plan whether you need to take time off and let everyone know when you will be unavailable.

Documentation and transfers:

Moving takes a lot of paperwork, some of the things you need to think of are:

  • Government bodies. You need to change your address and notify the electoral office, RTA, car registration and bank.
  • Make sure that you take out home and contents insurance on your new property.
  • Subscriptions and mail. Make sure to cancel and redirect any subscriptions, including internet and phone services.
  • Transfer schools. If you have kids it is also important to inform their school and begin transfer to their new one.

Packing and preparation:

  • Plan your space. Make sure that you go to your new house and measure the entrances to ensure that your furniture can fit through the doors or windows. It is also important to decide where everything is going to go beforehand to avoid confusion on the day.
  • Set up a staging area. Start packing before your move and store things in an easily accessible staging area in your home, so that you can get things out quickly on the day.
  • Clearly label everything. Best to do this by room and the contents of the box. Also have a separate box for things that you need to have on hand on your first day in your new house like food, toiletries and clothes.

Moving day

  • Have someone in your new home. Someone should go up early and be ready to direct the movers to the correct rooms, while another should stay back at the old house to ensure that everything is taken in good order.
  • Clean the house. Make sure the old house is clean, all doors locked and hot water turned off as you leave.
  • Check that everything is working well in your new home. Make sure to check all the amenities, like internet, hot water and electricity, to make sure that your new home is ready for living.
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