The ultimate moving checklist

Moving house is a full on job, it’s easy to lose track of what you need to organise. Our moving checklist is here to help you avoid any moving nightmares, so you can spend less time stressing and more time settling into your new place.

1. Make space for your upcoming move

  • Get rid of things you don’t need – donate to charity, sell quality items and throw out junk.
  • Run down supplies of perishable food; get rid of old food in the pantry.
  • Collect boxes and packing materials – check your local supermarket or storage warehouse.

2. Get Packing

One of the best tips for moving home is to have a solid packing plan: 

  • Start packing in advance. A little packing each day will make it easier come moving day.
  • Try to keep items together and label boxes accordingly – think kitchen, bathroom, kids room and so on.
  • Don’t overload boxes and make sure they are taped securely

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3. Moving house accounts

If you’re an existing Origin customer you can disconnect your old address online by using My Account. If you’re not an Origin customer, you’ll need to contact your current provider to disconnect.

Moving home means you’ll need to get power connected at your new address.

You can move with us in three easy steps:

1. Head to our Compare Plans page, find the one that’s right for you and sign up online in minutes.

2. Let Origin know your new address and your best contact details.

3. Choose the date you want to be connected. If possible make it at least three business days before you plan to move.

Don’t forget to update your details with other important services like Netflix, Foxtel and your Internet provider. Before you move, it’s best to make a list of all of your current services, and tick them off as you go. 

4. Redirect your post

Save time and use the online service offered by Australia Post to create an account and have your mail redirected to your new address. You can choose to have your redirection for 3, 6 or 12 months. 

Mobile phone accounts, online subscriptions and banking details can all be changed online. Government departments such as Medicare and the electoral commission can also be changed online – a full list can be found here.

You’ll need to check with your doctors, vets, childcare and/or schools as to whether they have an online update service. 

5. Organise removalists 

Tips for booking a removalist

  • Shop around for a good price, but book well in advance.
  • Have everything packed and ready for when they come to make the process cheaper and quicker.
  • Check that your goods are protected with insurance.

Tips for doing it alone

  • Pack your vehicle with all the big items in first, using smaller items to fill gaps.
  • Keep a bag of items you will need access to – toiletries, phone chargers etc.
  • Have snacks and water on hand to keep your energy levels up.

On the fence about whether you should hire professionals or DIY your move? We’ve pulled together a handy pros and cons list to help you decide.

6. Be weather prepared

Everyone keeps their fingers crossed for a sunny moving day, but unexpected weather can happen in any season.

  • Ensure you or your removalist have wet weather gear on hand.
  • Use plastic sheeting and tape to protect your stuff from the wet.
  • Check that no power cords or electrical goods are exposed. 
  • Even if the weather is fine, consider taping the tarp around soft furnishings to prevent dirt and damage. 

7. Arrange your groceries

At the end of a long day of moving, the last thing you’ll want to do is go food shopping. By planning ahead and booking a grocery delivery online with a provider like Coles or Woolworths, you’ll be able to settle straight in. 

8. Consider kids and pets

Children and pets have an uncanny ability to pick up on all the pre-move activity. It helps to get them involved early on and organise some help when it comes to your moving day. 


  • If possible, get someone to look after the kids so you can focus on moving.
  • If not, get them involved and let them help where they can.
  • Pack a separate bag with favourite toys, snacks and clothing to keep them comfortable.


  • Register your pet with the local council.
  • Update their microchip details.
  • Keep your pet’s water bowls, treats and toys on hand to keep them calm.
  • Slowly introduce them to their new home.

9. Learn about your local area

With the big day over, you can now get onto organising daily life at your new place: 

  • Find out your new rubbish and recycling days are.
  • Explore the local area to find food, shopping and transport options, and also the best driving routes.
  • Take time out to meet the neighbours.

Ready to get started?

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