“I love moving house.” Said no one ever!

Let’s face it, it can be tiring, time-consuming and expensive. However, while there are some things you can’t avoid when moving – like spending too much money on masking tape – there are a few things you can do to make the transition a little easier.

It’s a good idea to set a daily or even weekly goal for yourself when it comes to these simple but necessary steps. Be realistic, stick to your schedule, and you’ll be settled in before you know i!

Ask family and friends to help unpack

Because the more hands on deck the better. Those first few days of unpacking can be made a whole lot easier if you recruit (or rather, entice with food and drink) a couple of close friends for the first big move. Before you know it, your new home will actually start looking like home sweet home.

Change your locks

Are you moving into a pre-loved home? Who knows what the previous tenant or owners did with their keys? Whether you hire a locksmith or reinstall the locks on your own, it’s a simple task and it will give you peace of mind.

Find the shut-off valves

In the event that there is an emergency leak or you’re doing repairs and you need to shut off your water, it’s necessary to locate your shut-off valves. Many houses and apartment buildings have a number of cut-off points to stop the water at its source. From your own shut-off valve, to your water company’s shut off valve, to the water meter, there many locations to get familiar with both inside and potentially outside your home.

Locate the circuit-breaker

Although uncommon, you may need to replace a fuse or reset a circuit breaker. If there’s a power outage, you don’t want to be searching through the dark to find it. Common locations for circuit breakers are outdoors, in storage closets, or in hallways. Also be sure you know the difference between a circuit-breaker and a fuse box in the event you need to restore power. It’s also a good idea to buy a torch and candles for emergencies.

Set up your home security system

Moving is one of the best times to set up home security. If you already have a system in place or are tied to a contract, be sure to call your provider or update your information online. Smart or DIY home security systems are a great option for homeowners who want more flexibility, so take some time to shop around if you’re selecting your first home security system.

Decide on a lock-out solution

It’s easy to do and potentially expensive: locking yourself out of your home can and does happen! What’s important is that you have a backup plan for when the time comes. Ensure you have a spare key hidden away outside – and we’re not talking about under the doormat – in your car, or possibly given to a trusted friend or neighbour.

Test your smoke detectors

Smoke alarms are compulsory in every home in Australia by law. However, they won’t protect you and your family if they’re not working or properly installed. Light a match or spray a smoke test aerosol in front of sensors every month to ensure they’re working. And watch this helpful video to watch to ensure your smoke alarms are located in the right places.

Create a home maintenance checklist

It’s a good idea to perform seasonal maintenance checks to ensure your new home is in good shape. Some of these maintenance checks you may not have had to do at your previous home. Things like cleaning the gutters, unclogging bathroom drains and mowing lawns might be new to you, so you should gather the contact info from local services for when the time comes.

Start a take-out menu file or drawer

We guarantee that you will be ordering a lot of take-out within the first few weeks of your move-in. Any free time you have will solely consist of unpacking and redecorating, not cooking. Treat yourself and get a taste of local eats take-out style. Save menus and bookmark your favourites in a take-out file for you to reference later on. Or just throw all the menus in a drawer. That works too.

Throw a housewarming party

Last but not least on our new home checklist, the infamous housewarming party! Once you’re done unpacking, save any energy you have left for this shindig. Setting a date for a housewarming party also sets a great unpacking deadline for you to follow. Here are a few ways to celebrate with friend and family.

We hope our new home checklist helps you stay organised and on schedule as you prepare to transition into your new – hopefully, SOMO – home!