Moving Into A New Home Checklist

The excitement of moving in knows no limits. A brand new stage in life! It’s a new chapter no matter who is the one moving.

From packing up your stuff at your old home to unpacking and setting up your new home, there are plenty of things to be done. You would not want to be that person walking in and out of your new home everyday with unpacked boxes lying around and looking at furnitures that just don’t belong there.

Life does not pause for you just because you’re moving in! Prioritise it and roll up your sleeves – here’s your moving into a new home checklist. This will help you to be prepared on what to expect and cover the grounds you might have missed.

Before you seal up those boxes, go through them a couple more times and see if you have taken only what you need. This could also reduce the potential of cluttering that you might face when you begin to organise your things around.

Ask yourself these 2 questions:

  1. “Do I really need this?”
  2. “When was the last time I used this?”

If it’s good for the trash, go on. If they are actually decent for you to donate, give away or sell off, put them in a separate box and label them. You’ll get to that later on.

Let’s begin!



Label, count and take down the numbers on a piece of paper, in your phone, a notebook, wherever. Taking account of your boxes so you know what you lost if they went missing during the move.

And everyone knows labelling makes things more organised. Work smart!



These are the guys moving your personal things that have VALUE. You need movers who can be trusted to do the job! I found that the fastest way to find reliable and credible movers is to post up on your social media and ask your followers. I’m sure at the very least, five would have had experience or they knew someone who had.

Do a quick background check to affirm their credibility, then lock it in.

Remember: Don’t confuse the most expensive as the best. Credible movers with proven testimonials only!



FUNDAMENTALS. Unless you are absolutely fine with living temporarily with candles and food takeaways, you simply cannot live in a home and try to carry on with life without the gas, electric and water. Call up your agent and ask if your new home has the utilities up and running.

It’s good to give your new home a visit before the move to have a thorough check around and see if there are any possible signs of damages, leakages or general hazards that should not have been there. Safety first!



It’s only logical to keep you and your loved ones safe. Change up the locks and make sure you duplicate the keys for yourselves. Check around for all your windows, back door and garage door. The last thing you need is a break-in at your new home.



If you have a kid, you have to take even more safety steps to identify potential hazards that could do some harm to your child. It does not take much to set up a safe and comfortable nursery room (if you have) for the time being – the crib, mattress and some pillows. Otherwise, the crib can, of course, be right by your bed.



If you thought the lightest frame should go up your wall first to make it feel like home, you’re wrong. Get the things for these rooms out first – the bedroom and the bathroom.

Same rules apply, fundamentals. In this case, basic human needs of sleep, sanitary and answering nature’s calls.



The major appliances that you use almost everyday:

  • Refrigerator
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher

Do NOT plug in your fridge straight away. The movers might have left your fridge lying down so it will take a while before we get the oil back into its compressor. Leave it at its upright position for at least 3 hours before you plug it in.

Feeling a bit more like home now, are we? Soon enough!



From this moment it’s all about unpacking and organising your things around. You can use the same list you created at the beginning. Prioritise the boxes accordingly to its importance, functionality-wise.

Avoid taking on too many boxes to unpack in a single day, stretching yourself too thin. Pace yourself, aim for a very doable target per day.

Call up your other friends and family to ask for help over the weekends to pick up some pace. It can serve as a get-together and everyone can have some fun while getting the job done!

Pizza, anyone?



It’s not very difficult to get them in the recycling bin! Flatten the boxes and pile them neatly.



After clearing the boxes and fixing the furniture, the next mountain of tasks is cleaning the dusts and dirt, as well as the peeled tapes around the home.

Cover the grounds from the walls, to the windows, floor, rugs, furniture, appliances – whatever’s at home. There will be plenty of dust collected from all the unpacking. You would want to make sure that everything at your new home is all sparkling, squeaky clean.

Once again, your friends and family are your helpline. If you’re too shy to ask, you can choose to get cleaning services to have the home all spruced up.



Post up a simple “moved!” on your social media, and you’ll have your network updated in the quickest manner.

All other important institutions should be called up and informed as well:

  • Banks
  • Credit card companies
  • Insurance
  • Communities you are involved in



It’s almost like the first day of school. Get to know the people living in the neighbourhood! A simple hi to start the conversation, ask around for what’s good in town and just be genuine about it. It always helps to know someone.

Even on the first day of moving or during the unpacking weeks, you can just pop by and drop a simple ‘Hey there! I’m your new neighbour. How are you?”



Your pets will need some time to adapt to the new, strange environment you just introduced him. Some might behave a little unusual. That might be because they have a seperation anxiety from their old home.

Allow your pets to be indoors and slowly familiarise themselves to the new surroundings, space and smell. The faster you get your unpacking done and get your home cleaned up, the better it is for your pets to get used to it too!




Moving into a new home is one tedious task but once everything is set in place, you know you’ll be very satisfied. You might still be moving furniture around for better positioning, but at least there are no boxes in sight.

Throw a housewarming party whenever you’re ready, it’s a great way to welcome people you know and your new neighbours to your new home.

Best of luck!


*Last edited: 3rd April 2021.

13 thoughts on “Moving Into A New Home Checklist”

  1. hello dear, nice preview in have here…in further discussion, moving into a new homes with a lot of prospects such as With A New Place, Comes A New You. . …
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    1. Well said! Moving in should be refreshing and something to look forward to many new things to do, new people to meet and new environment to immerse in.

      Home is wherever you want it to be, when you want it. Cheers!

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  3. This post really gives a good insight into what to do when moving to a new home. Around here, we have been planning to move since last year but as you know it’s not an easy task and now the lockdown has made it Lal the more worse and we have to stay away for a while then we can move your later. Your check list gives the most essentials. Nice work.

  4. Hello there, This is an amazing article that you have got here. There is so much to learn from this post, however, moving into a new home is big work except for those that have the capacity to move into a new well furnished home. The task looks burdensome but with this few things that you have shared here I believe I’m better informed.

    Thanks for sharing this with me.

    1. Gosh there will definitely be plenty more to do when the house is not ready!

      One step at a time and what matters is we’re planning for it beforehand !

  5. Hi Sam – I couldn’t get your “Moving Into a New Home Checklist” to load, so I read the “How to Decorate for Your Home article.  I enjoyed it. I like decorating (for myself).  I do have to work on my clutter.  Since I’m working at home now things do get disheveled.  Being anxious to get work done makes it easy to ignore the accumulating clutter. I agree about the importance of lighting.  My favorite lighting is the recessed lighting in the ceiling. I like the effect.  Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. Hi! Decorating can honestly be therapeutic, glad you enjoy decorating! Makes it less tedious, doesn’t it?

      I totally understand, that’s how life is, clutters DO happen, even to me. (The mess, oh my) But we all have to come to a point where we have to tackle the clutters and then maintain the cleanliness. 

      Thanks for your comment!

  6. Heloo Dear, a big thanks to you for putting up this beautiful piece about moving into a new home checklist..

    It really always joyous to move into a new  home , my Aunty just just moved to her new home which i must say is a nice thing. Check lists are nice, they serve as a reminder on what things will be needed to you when moving into a new home.

    1. Yes it should be a joyous thing but many are just too caught up with the work that comes with it. Yes it is tedious but we can always make it fun! Hope the checklist makes things easier too!

  7. Hello there thanks for this review it was really helpful. Everyone’s dream is to move to not only a new home but their own permanent home. Whichever the case, there are things to look out for when moving to a new home. The environment matters and the size of the home also matters. You might want to avoid moving to home with small capacity because there are limited thing you can do especially if you are moving with a large family

    1. Indeed, moving in the essentials reduces the chances of cluttering. However, we must also take into account of everyone’s essentials as well so it does not feel like a restart. 

      It’s good to get everyone in the family to visit the new home first to measure up the space they have for their rooms and the items they are bringing in. Great point raised! 

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