Moving into a new house for the first time is equal parts exciting and daunting. There’s so much to do before you even start packing that it can all become overwhelming rather quickly – which is why it’s best to be prepared with a checklist to keep you on track.
Here’s what you’ll need to keep in mind when creating a checklist for moving into a new home. To make things even easier, we’ve broken the checklist into two parts: what to do before you move, and what to do during your move into your new home.
These are the things you’ll need to do before moving in to ensure you have a smooth transition from one house to the other. Most of the items on this list apply to both established and newly built properties.
1. Set Up Or Transfer Utilities
You’ll either want to set up your utilities in your new home, or transfer them from your previous property. This includes water, gas and electricity. The sooner you can let your utility company know your move-in date, the better.
2. Connect Your Internet
While this can also be flagged as a utility, we’re giving the internet its own checkpoint. Rather than moving into a dead zone, having a working internet (and phone line) connection when you move in can be hugely beneficial, since all you’ll have to do is plug in your modem and you’ll be ready to go.
3. Update Your Address
Although it seems obvious (you are moving to a new address after all!), updating your address often gets forgotten during the pandemonium of moving into a new house. This includes changing your address on your driver’s licence, insurance, car registration, banks and credit cards, and even letting the electoral commission know that you’re moving into a new electorate.
4. File Important Documents
Keep all the important stuff like birth certificates, insurance policies and anything similar in a filing cabinet, banker’s box, or anywhere you know will be safe. Shred the documents you no longer need, since lots of information is kept online these days, and label and store the things you still require.
5. Catalogue Valuable Items
If you’re using a moving company to relocate your possessions, photographing items of value it a good idea. This allows you to catalogue things quickly – you can even save the photos to your phone to ensure you have proof of your belongings’ condition if you need it.
6. Get Ready To Pack
There’s more to moving than placing everything you own in boxes and taking them from point A to point B. Make the most of the situation and throw away or donate items that you don’t need. Not only will it cut down on moving boxes (try talking to local businesses to source moving boxes – they’re usually more than happy to help out) but it will also allow you to start fresh in your new home.
Also, make sure you put together a list of “must haves” for day one: toiletries, water, some snacks, bed sheets and pillows, disposable cups, plates and cutlery, and anything else you might need in the first 24 hours when moving into a new home. If you have pets, they’ll need their food, bed and new toys too in order to help adjust to their new house.
So, you’ve moved into your new home – congratulations! Here’s our post-move essentials checklist for moving into a new home.
1. Get To Unpacking
Even with your list of “must haves”, there’s still a lot to unpack and a lot of things you’ll need to get back into your daily routine. If you can get family and friends to help, things will go a lot quicker.
2. Change Your Locks (And Decide On A Locked-Out Solution)
If you’re the first owner of your home, you won’t need to worry about this. However, if you’re moving into an established home, this will give you peace of mind. If possible, have the locks changed so that a single key works in them all – it’s really handy to not have to fish through your keys to find the right one! While you’re doing this, figure out where you’re going to put a spare key in case of being locked out.
3. Locate Your Circuit Breaker
Another small but important task, knowing where the circuit breaker is in case of a power outage is very helpful.
4. Check Your Smoke Alarms
While your smoke alarms should be ready to go if you’ve just finished building your home, it’s worth checking them in an established home to ensure the batteries are fresh. You should also give them a quick test – you can do this by lighting a single match underneath the unit.
5. Find A Safe Place For Your Documents
Those important documents we mentioned earlier need to go somewhere! Whether you purchase a safe or a lockable filing cabinet, it’s a good idea to keep these items in a safe place.
6. Have A Housewarming Party
You deserve it! It’s one of the best things about moving into a new house.
The next steps? Print out your checklist for moving into a new home and get ready for this exciting time in your life.