The Ultimate NZ Moving House Checklist [Part 4]

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Last Updated January 2, 2021

Five Weeks To Go 

You’re still packing. Keep it up – because at five weeks to go, there’s still a lot you’ve got to do. 

This isn’t the time to relax and take your foot off the pedal.

11. Arrange insurance

Make sure you have an up-to-date evaluation of replacement value for any valuable items. This is particularly important for any fragile items of value, which should be fully covered.

Notify your insurance company of your upcoming move and new address. If you haven’t already done so, get a quote for coverage of your new home, and see what’s covered while you’re moving. Get quotes from other insurance companies too, if you’re not happy with your insurer or want to compare prices.

Once you have settled contracts, you are legally liable for your new home, so don’t put off sorting out home and contents insurance any longer.

Removal companies also provide insurance cover if you need it, and will usually provide standard coverage as part of their quote. Make sure you know what you are covered for during the move, and that you will be satisfactorily compensated if anything goes missing or is damaged.


12. Keep It Safe

Take special care of jewellery and any small but valuable or important items.

You don’t want anything to go missing during the move, or to forget which box you packed them in.

Never leave it to your moving company to pack or move your valuables. If you can’t take care of them yourself, consider locking valuables away in a safety deposit box until you have settled into your new home.


13. Taking Appliances With You

Depending on what you’re bringing with you, you may need a reliable plumber or electrician to disconnect and reconnect your appliances.

Ovens need to be disconnected; washing machines un-plumbed — your movers will not do this for you. Tradesmen are best booked in advance, with calls to confirm their timing and availability as moving day draws near.

Locate and set aside the transit bolts you’ll need if you are moving a washing machine.

painting gear

14. Prepare Your New Home

If you’re planning to replace curtains, blinds, or carpets, make sure you have the measurements you need and get your order in.

Similarly, if you’re planning to have floorboards polished, make your booking in advance (the house will need to be vacant while the work is done, and you need to allow a few days afterwards for the floors to dry). As is true if you are laying new carpets, you’ll want to get the job done when there’s no furniture in your new home.

Anything else? Did you want to upgrade the electrical wiring, or install a new sink? Replace wallpaper? Paint the interior walls? Yes, you can take care of it after your move, but wouldn’t it be nice if it was all done to your satisfaction before you move in?

Cleaning for the move

15. Get Professional Cleaners

When it comes to cleaning, particularly when there’s a lot of it to do, it’s worth considering calling in the professionals. 

If you’re renting, your security deposit is at stake. But if you’ve sold your current house, you’ll also want to make sure that the house and property you’re leaving is in great shape. (If it’s not in an acceptable state, you may be billed for the work.)

Similarly, you want the house you’re moving into to have been thoroughly cleaned out.

Yes, you can do it yourself, but don’t underestimate the work and time required. For peace of mind, book a professional cleaning crew (and ask friends for recommendations if you don’t know who to trust with the job).

16. Got Pets? Chew On This

If you’re moving overseas and planning to bring your dog or cat with you, you should already have spoken with your vet and checked the requirements for the country you’re moving to.

If you’re moving to Australia, no worries. But other countries may require a course of vaccinations from an approved vet, and these may need to be started long before you can safely ship Rover (or Felix).

Australia aside, in addition to arranging safe pet transport, you’ll have to book your pet into a quarantine facility. You’ll need to have all their immunisation records and certificates too.

For peace of mind, it’s worth your while to consult with a pet transport specialist like Aero Pets, VenturePet, or Jetpets. They know the ins-and-outs of international pet transport, and can also help if you’re moving within New Zealand.

If your journey’s a short one, you might still want to arrange for someone (your vet, or pet carer) to look after them on moving day. Moving is likely to be even more stressful for them, than you — and you don’t want to find they’ve gone missing at the end of the day.

To help dogs and cats manage stress, speak to your vet. There are various safe medications and naturopathic solutions (such as calming pheromones) that your vet may recommend (for them, not you).

About the Author

Jeremy Templer has moved numerous times. To date, 25 times in seven cities & five countries.

As a result, he's learned many lessons about how to make moving as painless as possible. He shares his tips here.

Jeremy Templer

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