When moving into a brand new home, consider the following:
Before the Build
- Consider purchasing a ready-designed home to reduce the amount of stress.
- If you are designing your own home, consider how many rooms you will need, which rooms you will use often and how big each room will need to be if you are keeping furniture you already own.
- Consider decor options – what will work best with your current possessions? What fittings will suit you?
Before the Move
- Make sure you clean the carpet before you move in. Lots of tradespeople and technicians
have been entering your new home to get everything sorted and the carpets will most likely
be holding a lot of dust.
- Seal the grout and tiles in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry areas. This will increase their longevity.
- Organise your Home and Contents Insurance.
- Think about hiring a building inspector to have a look through before you move in. Chances are they will find things you wouldn’t even think of looking for.
- Figure out where you want certain pieces of furniture so that when it comes to moving day, you aren’t wasting time trying to figure out where to put everything. Make sure you measure before you decide where to put your furniture.
- Make sure you pack bed linens separately. At the end of moving day you will be too tired
to search for your bed sheets.
- Label each box and separate your belongings out to particular rooms.
- Try to get as many connections organised as possible so that it will be easier for technicians
to install and ready when you move in.
- Make sure the inside of your house is painted properly before you move in. It won’t be as easy to repaint once your belongings are in the house.
- Protect wooden floors and tiles by laying down moving blankets. This way if something drops, or needs to be dragged, no scratches will be made.
- Move all the big items first; decorating can come later.
- If you have children or pets, it may be best to keep them away from the house on moving day to ensure their safety.
- Keep a list of each room and what furniture should be placed where so you can mark this off as you go.
- Make sure you keep valuables separate from the rest of your belongings. This way you won’t lose track of where they are.
After the Move
- Your new house should be under warranty. If you have any problems, write them down and tell your builder as soon as possible.
- Now that you have moved all your belongings into your new home, you can focus on decorating.
- Go for a walk around your new neighbourhood and familiarise yourself with the closest parks, schools and shopping centres.
- Find out about any social or sporting clubs in your new neighbourhood. Join some clubs and meet people from around the area.
- Make sure you unpack everything carefully and take note of any items that were damaged during transit for insurance purposes.
- Get rid of empty boxes as soon as possible, call your council to find out pick up times for recyclables.