The Ultimate NZ Moving House Checklist [Part 7]

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Last Updated January 2, 2021

Two Weeks To Go 

Apart from finishing packing, there’s more to do if your move is to go smoothly.

Get these ticked off now. That way, you shouldn’t be missing any sleep between now and moving day.

33. Confirm With Utility Companies

Make sure that arrangements for your new home with your utility providers — gas, electricity, internet, and cable — are in place so that everything’s on from day one. And contact the alarm company to confirm the changeover.

Landlines are becoming a rarity in our homes these days as more and more people opt to use mobile phones exclusively. But if you still have one, contact your phone company to discontinue the service at your current address. If you want to have a landline phone in your new home, and you’re staying in the same area code, see if they can transfer your number to your new address. If you have to change numbers, ask about your options — your phone company may be able to advise people calling your old line of your new number, at least for a short time after your switchover date.

34. Reconfirm With Your Movers

To be sure, to be sure: you don’t want anyone messing up, do you? Call to make sure your moving company and packers have the correct dates, times, addresses, and that they have all your contact details.

Make sure you have all their details too, and that your moving company has planned for any obstacles on the route to and from your house (including any heavy vehicle restrictions).

35. Get a Residential Parking Permit

Is the house you are moving to in an area where parking is limited to cars with residential parking permits? If you can show proof of your new residency, apply to the local council to get a permit in advance. Depending on what access there is to your property, your moving company may also need a temporary pass.

Permits can be purchased online in Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin, but contact the council concerned to confirm process and availability.

36. Handling Pets

If they’re not coming with you, they’ll need a new home. It’s time to find them one, whether with friends, family, or neighbours.

If they are coming with you, you’ll need to take extra care. Cats and dogs will likely be unnerved by your packing, and fearful of moving to a new territory.
If you have fish, speak to your local specialist shop for advice on how best to move them (they can’t be moved in their aquarium).

If you’ll be changing vets, ask for your pet’s health records so that they can be provided to the new vet’s office.

37. Pot Plants

Moving companies generally won’t move your potted plants — you’ll need to bring them with you separately.

38. Hazardous Waste

It stands to reason that anything that is flammable, toxic, explosive, corrosive, or radioactive shouldn’t be thrown out with your household waste. That includes old cans of paint, pesticides, weed killer, oil, gas cylinders, fluorescent lights, and batteries, among other nasties.

Look out for the words “warning”, “caution”, “danger” or “poison” on the product label — and the obvious “do not dispose of with household rubbish”.

If you’re not sure what to do with hazardous chemicals, read Consumer NZ’s free guide to council-by-council disposal.

Look out for e-waste collection events in your area or find your nearest hazardous waste drop-off point. At e-waste collection events, most items can be disposed of free of charge, but you may pay a small charge for items like computer monitors and TVs, printers, scanners, and oil heaters. Fees for washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, and the like will be higher. The recyclers won’t take some things like chemicals and paints (but can tell you where to dispose of what they can’t take).

If you live in Auckland or Palmerston North, check MyHazWaste for upcoming collection events in your area. At MyHazWaste events you can dispose of chemicals (cleaners, poisons, solvents, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, chlorine) and automotive waste. But note that you can’t just rock up with your waste — you need to register what waste you will be giving them ahead of collection day.

If unused paint is still in good condition, and matches your house colours, check whether the new owner wants you to leave your old cans for their use. If not, then Resene PaintWise is your best answer — check what types of paint they’ll take. Disposal of Resene paints is free, with a small surcharge for other brands.

Your local pharmacy can help you dispose of any unwanted left over, expired, or unwanted medicines.

If you’ve missed a collection event or don’t have the time to get to your local drop-off centre or landfill, contact a company like 0800DUMPME (in Auckland) that can take care of it for you.

39. Don’t Forget Dry Cleaning

Don’t be one of those people who forgot their dry cleaning — after 90 days your clothes may be disposed of (or you might see someone else wearing them).

40. Get Prescriptions Filled

Don’t leave it too late — make sure you have sufficient medication to get you through the move.

Unless you’re changing doctors, speak to your doctor’s office to make sure that any subsequent prescriptions are fulfilled by your new local pharmacy.

41. Take Care of Business

Cancel any regular services that you’ve signed up for, such as lawn mowing, gardening, organic waste collection, and house cleaning. Make sure they’re no longer booked for after your move.

Update any deliveries to go to your new address once you’ve moved. This includes anything you’re subscribed to, whether it’s newspapers, magazines, or things like MyFoodBag or Hello Fresh.

Advise your local council of your move, as you may be due a refund on your property rates. They’ll need a settlement statement from your solicitor to authenticate the change in property ownership, and any refund will be made into your bank account.

And don’t forget to pay off any unpaid bills. They can get mislaid in the flurry of paperwork you’re dealing with — paying them off now will prevent debt collection issues down the track.

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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