The Ultimate NZ Moving House Checklist [Part 8]

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Last Updated January 2, 2021

One Week To Go 

Time’s ticking, but you’ve got this.

It’s your final week, yes, but it’s still important you keep to the plan. Stick with it, and you won’t be forgetting things.

42. Empty Your Freezer

By now you should have worked your way through any frozen food. Anything left that you can’t consume before leaving should be given away so that you can empty and clean your freezer.


You’ll also need to defrost your fridge — try to get this done at least 24 hours before you move. You should also clean it out once it’s empty, either before or after your move.


Be sure to thoroughly dry out your fridge and freezer in preparation for moving.

43. Prepare an Essentials Box

Pack a box or crate with the things you will need right away when you move into your new home. It’s your survival kit for the day. Make sure it’s not lost amongst all the other boxes, and is one of the first things to be unloaded at your new home.


Include things like an electric water jug, tea kettle and/or coffee maker, tea or teabags, coffee, sugar, toilet paper, a lamp, a torch, soap, rubbish bags, paper towels and cleaning products. Any prescription medicine you’ll need should also be included, along with a first aid kit.


Add in the things you’ll need through the day: marker pens and box cutters, phone chargers, snacks, and a few of your kids’ games and favourite toys.


Don’t forget the replacement items you already bought (such as light bulbs) that you will need when you first move into your new house. And include the folder you have with all the paperwork concerning your move.


Have a toolbox or a few tools handy, too — at very least, you’ll likely need a few things for dismantling or reassembling furniture (such as screwdrivers, allen keys, a hammer, and drill).

44. Do Your Laundry

Pack freshly laundered clothes, towels, and linen away in clearly labelled boxes once you’re done. You’ll need some towels, pillows and bed linen on your first night in your new home, so add what you need to your Essentials box.

45. Finish What Packing You Can

Everything except the items you’re still using can be packed away, and boxes sealed.


Pack any cutlery, plates, glasses and bowls you can — or pack them all and use recyclable cutlery and dinnerware in their stead.


Check in and outside the house to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

46. Disassemble in Advance

If you can dismantle some furniture in preparation for moving day, do it. It will save a lot of time, but make sure you parcel up the screws and bolts together and remember to label the packages.

47. Speak to the Building Manager

If you’re in or moving to an apartment building, you’ll be making frequent use of the elevators on your moving day (unless you’re on the ground floor). It pays to speak to the building manager about this — he or she may be able to reserve an elevator for your exclusive use, and can make other tenants aware of what’s going on. If the elevator requires a pass key, you’ll need to make sure one (or more) are available for your movers to use.

48. Pack a Suitcase

If you’re travelling a distance by car, or plane, pack a suitcase with the clothes you’ll need, toiletries, and anything else you need on the journey.

49. instructions For The New Owner

Prepare and leave instructions for the new owners of your old home — where to find the utility meters, how to operate the water heater, and the alarm. Include other pertinent details such as the rubbish and recycling pick up days.


For any appliances that you’re leaving for the new owner, gather together the relevant manuals and instructions, together with any warranty information, repair bills and original invoices.


Don’t forget to include any documentation on renovations and repair work made to the house.

50. Moving Everything Yourself?

Try to rope in friends to help — and remind anyone who’s already promised to give you a hand.


Make sure you have blankets (to protect furniture from scratches) and furniture sliders (felt or, if you have carpeted floors, plastic sliders).


Decide whether you need to buy (or rent) a hand truck and furniture dolly for shifting heavy items.

Inventory list

51. update Your Inventory List

Check that everything to be moved is in your list.


All boxes should be numbered, and all should appear in your list, along with a note as their contents and which room they go to.

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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