8 Important Things To Do When Moving Into a New House


Moving home is stressful. Between pieces of furniture, white goods, and boxes and boxes of clothes, even the best-laid plans of mice and men go awry. That being said, any bit of planning you put towards moving day will make moving into a new house easier for all those involved.

If moving day is fast approaching and you’re struggling to stay organised, never fear. Smoothmoves is here. We’re a home removalist company from Sydney, Australia, and we’re here to get your life in order before the big move.

With years of experience on the job, we know everything that needs to be done before you get moving. So without further adieu, here are the most important things to do when moving into a new home.

Pack a moving day box

We’re not talking about all the other boxes filled with clothes and kitchen stuff. We’re talking about your moving box – the one filled with all the essentials you’ll need to survive day one in the new place. Think of it as an overnight bag. Include a pair of clothes, toiletries, and everything else you’ll need.

Pack an unpacking box

Almost as important as the moving day box, if not more important. This box will contain everything you need to put your home back together again. Inside should have all the tools and Allen keys you need to assemble furniture, plus any bolts and screws that go with it.

Alternatively, you can attach these directly to the piece of furniture they belong to. Whatever you decide, just keep everything together to avoid the headache of visiting the hardware store for replacement parts.

Organise Leave From Work

The moving process isn’t exactly quick. Between packing up your belongings, loading boxes and furniture onto the truck, driving to the new location, and unloading everything into your new home. It’s a lengthy task that requires ample time to get done.

Take time off work and let your employer know you’re moving into a new place.

Connecting Utilities: energy, gas and internet

We can all agree that blackouts suck. But what’s worse is moving into your new home and having no power at all. Don’t be that person that forgot to connect their utilities before moving in. Fortunately, getting reconnected in your new home is a relatively straightforward process.

If you’re happy with your energy and gas providers, give them a call or go online to organise for your service to be transferred to your new address.

With the internet, you’ll need to figure out what kind of connection you have available to you at the new place. Your current internet provider will be able to run you through this.

Once you’ve confirmed your connection type, it’s time to choose an internet provider.

Update Contact Information

With all these changes, you’ll need to ensure everyone knows where you are. We’re not just talking about friends and family, although you should definitely inform them of the big move. We’re talking about updating your postal and billing addresses for your paid services.

  • Subscriptions
  • Insurance and registration
  • Electoral roll
  • Banking
  • Superannuation

Now is also an excellent time to organise all your essential documents. Think birth certificates, contracts, deeds, receipts and warranty information. Bundle these together and make sure to keep them in a safe place. You don’t want to lose that piece of paper with all your passwords on it, now do you?

Mail Redirect

To avoid mail slipping through the cracks, it may be worthwhile setting up mail redirection with your local post office. You can have your mail redirected by Australia Post for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months for a small fee. You can Add up to 6 names to your application and even opt-in to notify selected banks, insurers, energy providers and telcos of your new address.

Do you need extra storage?

Moving home doesn’t always been moving into a bigger place. More often than not, many families or individuals downsize whenever they move out, which means not everything will fit in the new house.

To get around this, you may want to consider storage facilities for all your extra stuff, especially if you’re not already planning to sell, donate or dispose of it. While you figure out what’s to become of your belongings, hire a secure storage unit and keep everything safe.

Declutter and Donate

Moving into a new home is an opportunity to rid yourself of the old and introduce the new. While it’s not always easy to part ways with our belongings, just like Hamlet, every dog has its day, and so too does that old coffee table that doesn’t get used anymore.

Home decluttering is a fantastic way to reduce the amount of stuff that needs to be transported to your new home. However, not everything can be thrown out. As of 2019, Australia has more than 52,000 charities, with many eager to receive your donations.

Be sure to give your local charity a call to see what kind of donations they accept.

A smooth move guaranteed

Sometimes it pays to call the professionals. Avoid the hassle and headache of moving home with the help of Sydney’s favourite home removalist, Smooth moves. If you’re looking for a fully-insured moving house service for homes of all sizes and types, get in touch with Smoothmoves for a commitment-free quote and a smooth move guaranteed!

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