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8 Things to Remember After Moving to a New House

Moving to a new house can be as exhilarating as it is challenging, and amidst the excitement, it’s easy to overlook some important tasks. 

We’ve all been there – sorting through boxes, trying to remember where we’ve packed the kettle or the remote control, and suddenly realising there are a host of other things we need to attend to. 

It’s a lot to take in, but a comprehensive checklist can help us keep track of everything we need to do after the removalists have left and we begin settling into our new home.

8-Part Checklist After Moving To A New House

Moving to a new house requires a lot of planning, from the moving process to getting settled in.

That’s why we created this 8-part checklist that covers everything you need to know after you move.

1. Unpack Essentials First

When we’re finally finished moving to a new house, it’s crucial to start by unpacking the essentials. 

We need these items for our first night and the following few days. It’s all about making the transition as smooth as possible.

Here’s what we typically consider ‘essentials’:

  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soaps, shampoos, and a shower curtain, if needed.
  • Kitchen supplies: Kettle, mugs, plates, cutlery, a pot, and a pan. Don’t forget some tea and coffee to keep us going!
  • Bedding: At least a set of bedsheets, pillows, and blankets for a comfortable first night’s sleep.
  • Basic tools: A screwdriver, hammer, and nails might come in handy for quick fixes and assembling furniture.
  • Important documents: Keep passports, leases, and contracts within easy reach in case you need to access them.
  • Clothing: A change of clothes for the next day and appropriate sleepwear.

Remember to pack an ‘essentials’ box or suitcase before the move and label it clearly. 

This way, we can easily find what we need without having to rummage through a mountain of boxes. It helps us settle in quickly and reduces stress, allowing us to enjoy our new home from day one.

2. Set Up Utilities and Services

Ensuring the continuation of essential services is super important and can often be overlooked in the midst of chaos.

Here’s a checklist to help us remember what needs to be sorted before moving day:

Electricity & Gas: First, we need to schedule the disconnect of services at our old place and set up utilities at the new one. Timing is crucial; we don’t want to be without power when we arrive.

Water: We’ll need to notify our existing water provider and arrange for service at our new residence.

Internet and Phone: Internet and phone setup should be relatively easy, especially if you’re using the same provider as before.

Waste Management: Check with the local council for garbage service setup and recycling rules.

Mail Redirection: It’s not a utility per se, but it’s still important to set this up correctly to avoid missing out on any important mail.

By following this checklist, we’ll be well on our way to a seamless transition into our new home. 

Make sure to do these before the move so that moving day is as seamless as possible.

3. Change Your Address

Changing your address is obvious, but you’d be surprised just how many documents you need to remember to change.

Let’s walk through a quick checklist to make changing our address smooth.

Personal Documentation:

  • Licence and Vehicle Registration: Contact the local transport authority to update our licence details.
  • Electoral Roll: We need to notify the Electoral Office about our new address to stay eligible to vote.

Utilities and Services:

  • Post Office: Redirecting our mail via the post office is a safety net to catch any stragglers.
  • Banks and Financial Institutions: Update our address for bank statements and financial communications.

Subscriptions and Memberships:

  • Gym memberships, magazine subscriptions, and other services should be notified of the change to ensure continuity.

Online Deliveries:

  • Update delivery addresses on online shopping accounts like eBay, Amazon, or local supermarket delivery services.

4. Explore The Neighbourhood

After we’ve settled into our new home, it’s a brilliant idea to familiarise ourselves with the local area. This is not just about finding the nearest grocery store but also understanding the community we’re now part of.

Take a stroll around the block to discover quaint cafes, local parks, or community centres. It’s our chance to soak in the atmosphere and perhaps bump into our new neighbours.

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Keep a note of where the nearest grocery store is, as well as other amenities such as the post office, pharmacy, and public transport.

No amount of research you do beforehand can make up for actually exploring the area on foot, so make sure you do this. 

5. Secure Your Home

Setting up security should be at the top of your priority list when moving to a new house, as it’s crucial to ensure that your family and belongings are safe. 

Here’s a simple checklist to help us get started:

  • Change the locks: It’s impossible to know who has a key to the existing locks, so replacing them is essential for peace of mind.
  • Install an alarm system: If there isn’t one already, consider installing an alarm system. 
  • Set up a smart doorbell: A doorbell camera can be a deterrent to potential intruders and also allows us to monitor who comes to our door.
  • Check windows: Make sure all windows close properly and the locks are functioning. Consider adding window locks for additional security.

Remember, the time we invest in securing our home is invaluable when it comes to ensuring our family’s safety and securing our peace of mind in our new environment.

6. Organise and Decorate

After moving into a new house, it’s time for one of the most enjoyable parts: organizing and decorating! 

We’d always recommend getting the important stuff out of the way first, but once that’s all done it’s time to make the place your own.

Remember that now is the best time to experiment with different furniture layouts and decoration techniques – things will only get more difficult as you fil the space with more items.

7. Meet The Neighbours & Get Involved With The Community

After we move into a new home, it’s important to establish connections within our neighbourhood and feel part of the community. Here’s how we can do that effectively:

  • Say G’day: If you haven’t met your neighbours already, a simple, friendly greeting can go a long way.
  • Join Local Groups: Whether it’s a sports club or a book club, becoming a part of local groups helps us to connect with like-minded people in our area.
  • Participate in Local Events: Attending community events, markets, and meetings is an ideal way to get to know what’s happening around us and meet folks.

By taking these small but significant steps, we help foster a sense of belonging and build relationships that enhance our experiences in our new home.

8. Take Care Of Maintenance Tasks

The last thing to remember after moving to a new house is to conduct a quick maintenance check-up.

This includes things like making sure the smoke detectors are working, giving the gutters a once over to check for debris, and running the HVAC system to double-check it’s working properly.

There shouldn’t be any problems that you haven’t noticed before the move, but it’s worth giving everything a once-over so you can fix any immediate problems right away. For more information, check out these new home tips to ensure everything is in order after your move

In Summary

By sticking to this checklist, we can make the process of moving to a new house a breeze.

Remember, regular maintenance isn’t just about fixing things; it’s about preventing problems before they arise, and it gives us peace of mind. Let’s take this checklist and make sure our home stays as welcoming and secure as the day we moved in.

Haven’t yet hired local movers to help you on moving day? It’s not too late! Contact EasyMove today, and we will hopefully have the availability to help you out.

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