Moving House Checklist

We’ve all been there before. The weeks of preparation before the move, the meticulous organisation, the to-do lists and checklists that were absolutely comprehensive. And then, somewhere along the way, you missed that one crucial part of the relocation… like booking the moving team, or switching the electricity and gas account to your new address.

It’s easier than you’d think for something like this to happen, which is why we’re going to outline an essential checklist when moving house – brought to you by the moving team at NZ Van Lines.

To-Do List

Before any clothes get packed and any furniture gets moved, you’ve got to check these off your to-do list when moving house:

  • Organise electricity and gas
  • Organise internet
  • Redirect post to your new place
  • Organise contents insurance

Consult your moving checklist

It’s important to regularly consult your moving checklist. If you’re not sure what to include on your checklist, here’s an extensive list of items. If you’re still unsure, consult a top quality moving team like NZ Van Lines, who’ll help you ensure that your moving experience is smooth as butter.


First up on the moving list? Furniture. As some of the biggest items in your home, furniture is pretty hard to miss – but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t go on your checklist. When transporting furniture, it’s important to always have a professional to move it for you. These heavy, cumbersome items can cause an injury if not lifted correctly. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Bed frame
  • Mattress
  • Dining table
  • Chairs
  • Sofa
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk and chair


A kitchen is absolutely useless without its utensils. Packing kitchen utensils requires a specific method which your moving team is experienced in. Here are some of the essentials:

  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Drying rack for dishes
  • Two pots, two frying pans
  • Potholders / oven mitts
  • Cutlery (these are easy to find at thrift stores)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Cooking utensils: ladle, spatula, whisk, etc.
  • Food storage containers
  • Can opener
  • Cutting board
  • Plates and bowls
  • Glasses and coffee mugs
  • Wine glasses
  • Microwave
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Kettle


A well-stocked bathroom is the difference between a house and a home. Don’t forget to bring these bathroom items when moving houses:

  • Hand and bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Bath mats
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Trash bin
  • Hand soap tray or bottle
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Toilet paper
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies

Living room

You don’t just want this room to be living: you want it to be alive! Here’s how to make your living room come to life, with just a few essential pieces. Some of these items are delicate so make sure your movers handle these items.

  • Bookshelves or wall shelving
  • TV
  • Lamps
  • Coffee table and/or end tables
  • Rug


And finally, the bedroom is your own little personal space which you can make all yours. Here’s what you need for your apartment’s bedroom:

  • Mattress
  • Bedding
  • Blanket and duvet cover
  • Pillows
  • Clothes hangers
  • Nightstand
  • Bedside lamp
  • Full-length mirror
  • Closet storage baskets or boxes
  • Washing basket

The last step on your checklist: call NZ Van Lines

Can’t forget the final step, can we? Call NZ Van Lines to make a booking today. They’re New Zealand’s premier team of packers and movers, helping you get to your new place in the smoothest, most affordable way possible. NZ Van Lines guarantee an expertly conducted service at a competitive price, so grab a quote from their friendly team today.

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