Moving house can often be stressful for even for the most well prepared mover. We’ve put together this checklist so you can avoid some of the more common issues that new homeowners often leave to the last minute, or even forget entirely!

Remember, safety first

When moving home you never really know who might still have keys to your house, so it’s worthwhile changing the locks for safety and peace of mind. Installing a new deadlock yourself is dead-simple and the lock can cost as little as $10. Alternatively you can simply contact a locksmith to have them install it for you. Be sure to get extra keys made as well and store them somewhere safe for backup. Starting with a clean slate Most houses are given a once over when sold, but it pays to go over the house a second time to make sure everything is squeaky clean. Hiring a specialised cleaner is the best way to do this, but organising a cleaning get-together with friends/friendly works almost as well. Just be sure to thank them with drinks/a BBQ/your good company afterwards.

Who said cleaning couldn’t be fun?

Be sure to steam clean any carpets, wipe down all surfaces and inside cupboards, as well as check for signs of any pests that may be hiding away and deal with accordingly.

A service to yourself

Be sure to contact your electrical, gas, water, telephone and Internet providers to arrange connection prior to moving in. There’s nothing worse than rocking up to a new home only to find you have no electricity or that you can’t have a nice hot shower after all the heavy lifting you’ve done. There are even online services that can help make connecting your utilities super-easy.

Preparation is (Allen) key.

Always collect any tools you may require for unpacking or setting up your furniture then place them together in a container. Grab things such as Allen keys, screws, screwdrivers, cables, masking tape, scissors and dust cloths. This will save you from having to hunt down that flat-head screwdriver so you can focus on setting up your new home the way you like it.

Another issue to address

One of the most often-forgot tasks is to update your address for mailing purposes. Be sure to provide your new details to all service providers, your workplace, as well as any schools if applicable. Australia post also offer redirection services for any mail that may have slipped through the gap. Finally, be sure to provide friends and family your new address so you don’t miss out on any Christmas cards.

Get to know the house

Become familiar with your new home, as you’ll be spending quite a bit of time together over the coming years. Locate important places such as your electrical breaker box and water meter. Knowing how to turn off your water mains might not seem important now but could keep you out of a slippery situation later in life. Be sure that your house is equipped with functioning smoke alarms, and check all gates and fences for gaps – especially if you have children or pets.

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