How do you best plan for your move?  Start early by printing off our comprehensive ‘To Do’ List.

Get Ready!

Two To Three Months Before:

  • Decide on your moving date.  If possible, save yourself stress by moving the day before your last day, so you can arrange cleaning on the final day.
  • Book your move and order your packing supplies with Eastern Suburbs Removals!
  • Get rid of unused items in your home and garage.  Hold a garage sale or donate your unwanted items to charity.
  • Ring your local council for advice on disposing unwanted aerosols, paint tins and chemicals.
  • Begin packing items you won’t need such as books, linen or unseasonal clothes.  Label your boxes with the room destination and contents.
  • Organise storage if needed.  Call us for advice.
  • Use the contents of your freezer and pantry.
  • Measure your larger appliances to see if they’ll fit into your new home.
  • Go to the Post office and arrange for your mail to be redirected.
  • Start advising change of addresses – see our moving house checklist.
  • Advise friends and relatives and enlist their help!
  • Organise parking permits if needed with local council.
  • Arrange for a babysitter for your children.
  • Make arrangements for the safe transportation of your pets.
  • Return any borrowed items to family, neighbours and friends.

Get Set!

One-Two Weeks Before:

  • Arrange for final meter readings for gas, electricity and water and for connections at your new home.
  • Set aside a separate box for your personal effects that you’ll carry with you on moving day eg.  Licence, keys and important documents.
  • Tie items such as garden tools, brooms and mops together, to save legwork.
  • Return any DVDs or library books and pick up dry cleaning.
  • Tell your neighbours and arrange clear access to your house on moving day.
  • Confirm the timing of your property settlement.
  • Organise house insurance transfer.
  • Don’t overload your boxes, they’ll be too heavy and will slow down the removals process.  See our packing tips page.
  • Empty as many drawer contents as possible and keep packing!
  • Draw a floorplan of where your furniture needs to be placed in your new property.

The Day Before:

  • Defrost your fridge and make sure water trays are empty.
  • Disconnect your washing machine, drain hoses and disconnect gas BBQ bottles.
  • Disassemble larger items such as trampolines and bookshelves.  Disconnect appliances and pack into original packaging if available.  ESR can help you to assemble/disassemble your furniture; please call us before your move if you need assistance.
  • Put all remote controls, cords etc into one box and label.
  • Empty any remaining drawer contents.
  • Pack pot plants into open, lined boxes, do not water.
  • Empty rubbish bins.
  • Make sure everything except bedding is packed!


On Moving Day:

  • Ensure clear access to your property.
  • Dismantle beds, making sure you put all screws and pieces into a bag and tape them onto the beds.
  • We will handle glass for you such as table tops, paintings or shelves.  Do not pack into boxes.
  • Separate your personal items and let your removalists know that you’re taking those with you.
  • If you wish you can cover and protect your mattresses with mattress bags and fold bedding.
  • Have your floorplan handy so the removalists can place your furniture.
  • Do a final check of garden and rooms.  Turn off lights, lock up, say goodbye and breathe!


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