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Ready, Set, Move: Complete Checklist for Moving into New House

15 April 2024

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Moving into your new home is an exciting chapter in anyone’s life, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. From packing up your belongings to settling into your new home, there are various things to consider and organise. To ensure a smooth and stress-free transition, it’s essential to have a comprehensive checklist.

In this blog, we will guide you through a complete checklist for moving into your dream home, allowing you to stay organised and on track throughout the whole journey.

Complete Moving House Checklist: Essential Steps Before You Begin

Before you start packing up and moving out, planning and organising your stuff is important. Starting early can help make the moving process easier and less stressful. Here’s a simple checklist to help you get ready:

  • Figure out the size and difficulty of your move: It’s smart to plan ahead, as it can help you save money and time later on.
  • Check out your belongings: Look over all your stuff and decide what you’re taking with you, what you’re leaving behind, and what you can sell or give away.
  • Redirect to your new address: Make sure everyone knows you’re moving so your bills, newspapers, and subscriptions can be sent to your new place.
  • Find a removalist company: Spend some time finding the best moving company for you and gather quotes from a few different ones before you make a decision.

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4–6 Weeks Before the Moving Day

4–6 weeks before moving day can make it feel overwhelming because it’s when we have to gather everything and start packing. This is when we realise how much stuff we have, and it can be hard to know where to start organising. To simplify it, we’ve divided this part of the moving checklist into different categories you can follow and check off as you go along.

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Book Your Removalist Company in Advance

After finding a good moving company and booking them ahead of time, here’s what to do next:

  • Ask about moving insurance to protect your belongings during transit.
  • Arrange to get packing materials like moving boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and markers from the removalist company.

Book Other Services

Besides hiring a moving company, consider other services that can be useful before moving day, such as:

  • Scheduling a handyman or other tradespeople for any repairs needed.
  • Arranging transportation for your pets.
  • Hiring a cleaning company for a final clean-up closer to moving day.

Organise Household Items

After going through the general moving checklist and organising your stuff, it’s time to deal with household items that won’t be coming along. Here’s what to do:

  • Donate old clothes, furniture, or toys that you don’t use anymore.
  • Get rid of flammable liquids like paint, garden chemicals, or cleaning products.
  • Empty air bottles and gas cylinders.
  • Use or throw away open packets in the kitchen.
  • Dispose of expired goods and use up food in the fridge or freezer.
  • Sort through the garage and garden sheds.


Now that your personal belongings and household items are organised, it’s time to pack everything up. Here are some tips to make your packing easier:

  • Use clean butcher’s paper instead of newspaper to wrap fragile items.
  • Label each box clearly with its contents and which room it belongs to, and make an inventory list.
  • Mark boxes with “FRAGILE” if needed and check for any damage.
  • Pack lighter items in big boxes and heavier items in small ones, with heavier items on the bottom.
  • Take apart any furniture that can be disassembled, and keep all parts together.
  • Label and pack essential electronics separately.
  • Pack a “SURVIVAL KIT” with essentials like tea, coffee, snacks, toiletries, and medications in an easily accessible box.
  • Consider taking sentimental items with you in the car.

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2–3 Weeks Before the Moving Day

Now that most of your stuff is organised for the move, here’s what to do with a couple of weeks left:

  • Service your car.
  • Get any necessary medical prescriptions filled for the week before and after the move.
  • Schedule final readings for gas and electricity meters.
  • Plan to take time off work on a moving day.
  • Book a locksmith to change the keys at your new home on a moving day.

Changing Address Checklist:

As you prepare to move, it’s important to update your address with the right people and companies. This saves time by ensuring important mail goes to your new place. Here’s who to notify about your new address:

  • Banks
  • Electoral office
  • Car registration and driver’s license
  • Phone companies
  • Credit card companies
  • Subscription services
  • Internet provider
  • Telephone company
  • Gas company
  • Electricity provider

 A Week Before the Moving Day

The moving day is almost here, and there are some final things to do to get ready. These small tasks can make a big difference:

  • Double-check all details with the moving company and your real estate agent.
  • Make sure they have your new address and clear instructions.
  • Make a plan for each room in your new home, deciding where to put your furniture.
  • Get your bed linens, pillows, and towels ready for the first night of moving into your new place.
  • Back up important documents and files onto a hard drive.
  • Arrange parking for the moving truck.
  • If you hire cleaning or repair services, make sure everything is set up.
  • Leave a friendly note for the new residents with your contact information and any helpful tips for settling in.

A Day Before the Moving Day

It’s the day before your big move, and everything’s going smoothly. Everyone’s excited about tomorrow! Now, it’s time to get ready for the final push. Here’s what you need to do to get ready for tomorrow:

  • Pack your luggage and gather the items you’ll need right away.
  • Make sure all your packed boxes are ready for the movers, with important ones at the front.
  • Unplug and tie up cords for appliances.
  • Keep some cash on hand for any unexpected expenses.
  • Let your neighbours know if your house will be empty for a bit.
  • Say goodbye to your old neighbours and friends before you leave.

On a Moving Day

The big day is here, and it’s time to move into your new home! But before we head out, there are some important things to do at your old house:

  • Give clear instructions to the movers.
  • Make sure important boxes are easy for them to grab.
  • Check off each box as it goes into the truck.
  • If you have pets, arrange for their transport.
  • Make sure all meters are read and keys are ready for handover.
  • Lock up everything, store essentials in your car, and put out rubbish for collection.
  • Return keys to the real estate or new owners.
  • Do a final check of the house before leaving.

After Moving into a New Home

When you arrive at your new home, follow these steps:

  • Direct the movers where to put your furniture.
  • Check everything’s unloaded correctly and nothing’s missing.
  • Consider changing the locks for security.
  • If it’s from storage or far away, review and sign the inventory.
  • Make sure utilities are connected, and hot water is on.
  • Start setting up beds and unpacking essentials.
  • Ensure you have all the keys and instructions for the new place.
  • Contact the local council for information on garbage collection.
  • Lastly, greet your new neighbours and settle in!

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How to Set Up Your New House?

Setting up your new home is exciting but needs some planning and effort. Here’s what you should do:

  • Plan your space: Before decorating, think about how you want each room to look. Decide on colours, layout, and any themes you like.
  • Choose furniture: Pick out furniture that matches your style. Mix and match different pieces to make your home unique.
  • Decorate with accessories: Add pillows, rugs, art, and other accessories to personalise your rooms. Mix textures and patterns for a cozy feel.
  • Get storage: Keep your home tidy with enough storage space. Look for furniture with built-in storage, and use baskets and bins for smaller items.
  • Light it up: Lighting sets the mood. Add overhead lights, lamps, and dimmers to create a warm atmosphere.
  • Hang curtains or blinds: Curtains or blinds add privacy and style to your windows. Choose ones that match your decor.

Essential Items Needed for Moving into a New House

When moving into your new home, it’s important to have everything you need to make it comfy and practical. Here’s what to consider for each room:

Living Area:

In your living room, make it a comfy spot where you can chill and have fun with friends. Here’s what you need:

  • A soft rug to make the floor cosy.
  • A table for snacks and drinks or smaller tables next to your couch.
  • Nice, comfy seating, like a big couch or some chairs.
  • Curtains or blinds to control how much light comes in and for privacy.
  • Lights like lamps to brighten up the room.
  • A TV and a place to keep it and other entertainment stuff.


The kitchen is like the heart of your home. You’ll need these things for cooking and eating:

  • Basic appliances like a toaster and a coffee maker.
  • Pots and pans for cooking food.
  • Plates, forks, spoons and knives for eating.
  • Glasses and mugs for drinks.
  • Trash cans and bags to throw away garbage.
  • Tools like spatulas and spoons for cooking.
  • Containers to store the food.


Having everything you need in your bathroom can make mornings easier. Here’s what you should have:

  • Stuff like soap and toothbrushes for washing up.
  • A mat for stepping on after a bath or shower.
  • A curtain and liner to keep water in the shower.
  • Tools for keeping the toilet clean, like a brush and plunger.
  • Something to hold your toilet paper.
  • A holder for your toothbrush.
  • Towels and washcloths for drying off.
  • A bin for throwing away trash and bags to line it.


Your bedroom is like your own cosy getaway, so make sure it has all you need for a great sleep:

  • A comfy mattress and soft bedding to snuggle up in.
  • Fluffy pillows for your head.
  • Hangers and things to keep your clothes organised in the closet.
  • Curtains or blinds for privacy and to keep out light.
  • A dresser or some other place to keep your clothes.
  • Small tables next to your bed and lamps to read by.


Having a home office is important for work or managing your bills. Here’s what you need:

  • Stuff like pens and paper to write on.
  • A computer, printer, and scanner are needed to get work done.
  • A desk and chair to sit comfortably.
  • A lamp on your desk for good light.
  • Places to put your stuff, like bookshelves or cabinets.

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Laundry Room:

Making laundry easier is important. Here’s what you need:

  • Machines to wash and dry your clothes.
  • Soap and stuff to make your clothes clean and soft.
  • Hangers or a rack to dry your clothes on.
  • An iron and a board to make your clothes neat.
  • Something to carry your dirty clothes in, like a basket or hamper.

Outdoor Area:

If you’ve got a backyard or outdoor area, here’s what you need to make it nice for chilling and hanging out:

  • A grill or something else to cook outside.
  • Tools like a lawnmower and stuff for gardening.
  • Furniture like a table and chairs to sit on.
  • Lights like strings of bulbs or lanterns to see outside at night.
  • Places to put your outdoor stuff, like a shed or a box on your deck.

Tips for a Smooth Move to Your New Home

Moving to a new home is a big deal, but if you plan well, it can be exciting! Before moving in, make sure the house is clean and fix anything broken. On a moving day, keep important stuff close and be ready to help the movers.

Once you’re in, make the place yours by adding your touch to each room. Get to know your neighbours and explore your new surroundings. Follow our checklist to settle in nicely and make your new home comfy and yours. Don’t forget to enjoy the process of making your new house feel like home!

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