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If you thought the house hunt was stressful, brace yourself for the move. In the hustle and bustle of a move many necessary steps can be forgotten, so make sure not to skip the important stuff by checking off the following from our handy moving home checklist:
The first thing you may think of when moving is to grab the cardboard boxes and start packing. However, before you begin with the bubble wrap, there are a number of government and non-government organisations that need to be notified of your change of address.
Yes, it's tedious, but this is an extremely important step in the moving process. These organisations should be your first port of call:
Australian Electoral Commission: This one may not be at the top of your list, but it should be. If you forget to notify the AEC, you’re at risk of not receiving that Jury Duty notification and may be slugged with a $2,200 fine (in NSW). Change your AEC address details here.
Australia Post: Sometimes it takes some time for details to be updated, so to avoid having to go to your former house and collect old mail, notify Australia Post and have your mail redirected to your new address. You can do so here.
Schools: Notify your children’s school of your change of address. Similarly, any TAFE or university that you or a family member attends needs to be notified.
Your finances: Notify your bank and any lenders you may have of your new address.
Insurance: Don't forget to update your health insurance and car insurance provider of your change of address.
Your pet’s registry and microchip: If you don't update your pet's microchip information, you may be in for a hefty fine. Plus, it may be tricky to reunite you with your pup if your details are incorrect. You can update microchip details here. Different states and territories have their own policies, so check your local council to ensure you are complying with their regulations.
Don't forget to inform:
One thing you often take for granted is that flick of a switch that turns on your light, your quick google search, or your hot shower at the end of the day - something you’ll definitely need after your long day of carrying and unloading boxes into your new home. Follow these tips to ensure that you can go about your day to day with ease once moved in.
Connection and disconnection; two things you need to worry about when transferring your electricity and gas account to a new home.
Disconnection: Notify your current energy provider of your move at least one week before your move date. Notify them of your moving dates and organise disconnection for the day after you move. By disconnecting your electricity as soon as you move, you remove any issues that may occur between yourself and the new homeowner when the next electricity and gas bill comes. Provide your electricity and gas provider with your new address so that they can send you the bill for the electricity that you have used.
If you’re renting with roommates and the account with your provider is under your name, ensure you change this. Put the account in a tenant’s name that continues to live there. This is necessary, as you don’t want to be held liable for any issues that arise after you have moved out.
Connection: If you plan to stay with your current provider, notify them with your new address and organise a connection date. However, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to evaluate your current energy bill and look for cheaper options. With many new providers, your plan may not be the best on the market anymore. If you wish to change providers, exit fees may apply to your current plan.
If the electricity has already been disconnected at your new home, ensure all fuse box switches are turned off for a smooth connection.
Changing providers within NSW, ACT and Victoria is a rather easy process. However, there are tighter regulations with energy providers within QLD, SA, WA and NT, so you may need to pay extra attention.
Unlike electricity, there is no disconnection and connection with your water supply. This means you have running water from day one - you just need to make sure the rightful person is paying for it.
In order to ensure your water debts are resolved before and after you move, you must contact a conveyancer or solicitor who assists in the process. Water debts are held against the property, not the owner, so outstanding balances must be resolved before new occupants arrive. A conveyancer or solicitor will contact the current water provider and disclose the amount due. They settle this amount between the seller and buyer of the property.
The NSW Registry Services notifies the water suppliers of the new occupants so that bills are delivered accordingly.
Internet has become a vital part of our lives, so to ensure you can update your Facebook feed with ease, make sure you have your affairs in order.
If you have a fixed line, broadband or any pay TV connected through your internet provider, you can request an appointment online or over the phone. For mobile phone, mobile broadband or wireless services you need to ensure you update your billing information before moving. For those who rely on home wireless broadband, make sure your new suburb has 4G coverage, as there can be limited service in rural or remote areas. If you are switching between a cable service to the NBN service, a new modem is required.
Some providers may charge a relocation fee of up to $140 depending on your provider. If you need to end your contract, an early termination fee may be charged, and can cost up to $830 depending on your provider.
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Packing, moving and unpacking can be an emotionally draining, physically challenging and frustrating process. The move can be made a little easier if you follow our moving tips.
There are many things that get overlooked during the moving process, and are only realised that little bit too late. Avoid the post-move regret and organise all your documents and belongings before the move. These tips will make your transition into a new home that little bit easier.
For even more moving tips, the Australian Government has provided a thorough checklist of who to notify.
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