Checklist of 9 things to do as soon as you move into your brand new home.

While moving into a new home is very exciting, it can also be a challenging and often stressful experience too. Assuming you have already booked the moving company, finished cleaning and completed packing – there could be other things you may overlook during the moving process.

Worry no further, here are 9 things to do as soon as you move into your new home so you can plan that house warming party sooner!

  1. Landscaping and Painting – Time to start getting rid of that excess sand leftover during the construction of your home. While some estates offer front-yard landscape packages, you may still need to get to work on your backyard. For a low-maintenance option, go with artificial turf. While you’re at it – some painting inside the home might still need to be completed. This can be really time consuming, so you may want to hire professionals or call in all your favours with your friends and get them to help.
  2. Notify Change of Your Address Do this as early as possible, so you don’t have to rely on others forwarding your mail. Notify the post office immediately of your new address and any relevant businesses (car insurance, superannuation etc.) and government bodies. Don’t forget your paper/magazine subscriptions either! While it is important to inform relevant businesses of your change of address, it’s just as important to notify friends, family and relatives. A simple text message, email or Facebook goup message should do the trick.
  3. Organise House and Contents Insurance If you’re moving house, it is a good idea to contact your insurance provider to make sure you are covered for the duration of the move. Your current home insurance policy should cease the day after you have moved out and your next insurance policy should start the day before you move.
  4. Have Spare Keys Cut Another task to do as early as possible is to get spare keys to your new house! Moving days are stressful and it’s easy for keys to get locked inside when you are still sorting out what goes where. Consider getting keys cut for each member of the household too.
  5. Connect Internet Connecting to the internet is a priority in this modern, technological age we live in, so make sure to book this in at least three weeks in advance. Internet service providers are often booked out weeks in advance. Living in a new hew home without internet could be highly inconvenient and a little lonely at first when settling in! I mean, how else are you meant to “Netflix and chill” in your brand new theatre?
  6. Have a Plan for Children & Pets Everyone has different lifestyle requirements for their new home. Some might need to factor in children, pets, or perhaps a ‘modern family’ type situation. Consider what your home needs to adapt to, and ensure space is allocated and a little common sense is used. For example, you might not want to get artificial turf installed with a dog that loves to dig, unless you have boundary fencing.  
  7. Check the Old Property – Wait just a minute before you say a hurried goodbye to your old home! Check over your old property a tenth time to ensure nothing is left behind.
  8. Suss out the Suburb & Local Food - After moving in and unpacking, the last thing you may be thinking of is cooking – now would be a good time to see how good the local pizza or Chinese food is. Learning more about your suburb and where the hotspots are will make you feel happier and comfortable in your new location.

And finally…

  1. House Warming Party - Time to throw a party and celebrate with friends and family that you have now successfully become a homeowner. A housewarming party is also a great excuse to invite your neighbours around too (you’ll never know when you might need a hand from them, and vice versa).