Moving

Moving with Special Requirements

Ultimate Moving Guide

Moving with Pets

Before the Move

  • If you are moving to a rental, make sure you check with the landlord or agent to see if pets are allowed.
  • If you are allowed pets in your new home, make sure your pet will be happy in their new environment. A few things you will need to consider:
  • Will your pet have enough room to run and play?
  • Will it be easy for them to escape, or injure themselves?
  • Is there somewhere they can shield themselves from rain and the sun?

Moving Day

  • Moving to a new environment can upset animals and cause them stress. On moving day, your pet can be upset by:
    • A lack of routine
    • Strangers (removalists, agent, etc.)
    • Changes to environment
  • Make sure you figure out how you are going to transport your pets to their new home. If you are travelling to your new home by car, it is best for cats to travel in a carrier, and make sure your dogs have harnesses for the trip.
  • Make sure you pack all your pets toys, water bowls and food together so that you know exactly where it is when you unpack.
  • If you have fish, consult your nearest pet shop to find out the best way to move them, as different species need to be transported in different ways.

After the Move

  • Update micro chip details for your pets with your new address
  • Update your pet insurance
  • Find the nearest veterinarian and register your pet
  • Change the details on identity tags
  • Take dogs for a walk around the area.

Moving with Children

Moving can be tough for kids. Make sure you involve your children in moving discussions early so that they feel more in control and less upset about the situation.

Some factors to consider

  • Take them with you to see properties you are interested.
  • Listen to their opinions about the properties you view.
  • Explain your decisions to them.
  • Get them involved in the move. By engaging them in conversation about what their new home will be like and what they need to pack, you will get them excited about the move.
  • Buy them an address book and encourage them to collect their friends’ phone numbers and addresses.

Before the Move

  • If there are stairs in the house, make sure there are banisters.
  • If there is a pool, make sure there is a safety fence around it.
  • An enclosed backyard is a benefit – make sure there are no loose stones, or sharp objects that may harm your children.
  • Take a day trip to the new area to have a look at recreation centres, parks and other local facilities.
  • Give your children time to say goodbye to friends, holding an informal goodbye party for friends and family is a good way to provide closure.

Moving Day

  • If your children are small, see if you can organise a babysitter, as moving without the children can be less stressful on both parents and children.
  • If you can’t find a babysitter, make sure you bring toys or games so that the children will be occupied and out of harm’s way.
  • Encourage your children to help out in any way they can, with to-do lists or taping up boxes or labelling boxes.

After the Move

  • Help your children feel comfortable in their new room and let them have a say in where they want their belongings.
  • Go for a walk around the neighbourhood with your children to help them familiarise themselves with the new area.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbours – they might have children that your kids can play with.
  • Help your children make new friends – ask them if they’d like to join any clubs or activities in the area.
  • Help your children keep in touch with old friends – let them use the phone, write letters/emails and visit friends if they aren’t too far away.

Moving with Elderly or Disabled

Before the Move

  • Think about a complete moving service – removalists that will pack everything from your current house and unpack it all in your new home.
  • Ask the removalist company if they have experience in working with the elderly or those with disabilities.
  • Try to keep the amount of possessions moved to a minimum. If necessary have a garage sale before the move.
  • There may be some items that are too sentimental to sell. Think about who will take care of these possessions, or the hire of a storage unit.
  • Keep all medical records safe.
  • Transfer any services you need – doctors, support care/assistants, etc.
  • Make sure the house is easily accessible and that all your connections are organised if life support or other vital medical equipment is required.
  • Make sure you notify everyone that you are moving – specialists, carers, friends and family.
  • If necessary, install support bars in bathrooms and around relevant areas the house.
  • Build ramps and change door knobs if necessary.

After the Move

  • When unpacking, make sure that rooms are clutter free and there is easy access to all rooms.
  • Plan for friends and family to visit after the move to help ease the transition.
  • Find out from other people what it’s like to live in the area – there may be organisations for the elderly or those with disabilities.
  • Find out about nearby facilities in case of emergency and have a list of contacts handy so that you can call people if need be.