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:
- “Do I really need this?”
- “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.
1. HOW MANY BOXES DO I HAVE?
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!
2. ARE THE MOVERS RELIABLE?
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!
3. ARE THE UTILITIES RUNNING?
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!
4. HAVE I SET UP A NEW LOCK?
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.
5. IS MY HOME CHILDPROOF?
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.
6. ESSENTIALS FIRST
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.
7. ARE THE MAJOR APPLIANCES UP?
The major appliances that you use almost everyday:
- Washing Machine
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!
8. WHICH BOX(ES) TODAY?
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!
9. ARE YOU RECYCLING THE PACKING MATERIALS?
It’s not very difficult to get them in the recycling bin! Flatten the boxes and pile them neatly.
10. WHO IS CLEANING?
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.
11. HAVE I CHANGED MY ADDRESS?
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:
- Credit card companies
- Communities you are involved in
12. WHO ARE MY NEIGHBOURS?
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?”
13. ARE MY PETS ALRIGHT?
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 IS FUN!
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.