Moving into a new house is an exciting journey filled with promise and potential. It’s like turning a page, starting a new chapter, and the world is bursting with possibilities.
But let’s be honest; the moving process can sometimes feel overwhelming. So, how can we make this transition as smooth as possible?
With a new house checklist, of course!
That way, nothing is forgotten in the move. So, let’s make your move as seamless as it can be!
- A new home checklist is essential for a smooth transition.
- It keeps you organized and free from any last-minute surprises.
- The new home checklist list should include both pre-move and post-move tasks.
- Items on the list should be prioritized based on their level of importance or urgency.
- Have cleaning supplies ready to go and the first stuff you need when living in a new house full of boxes.
- Use colored labels to sort things into categories and get boxes moved into the right rooms- plus, use double labels to prioritize who gets unpacked first!
- A well-planned moving checklist is your ticket to bidding farewell to last-minute chaos and embracing a smooth transition.
New House Checklist
Are you ready to make moving into a new house easy? Then download my free Moving Checklist!
It’s designed to help you keep track of all the essential tasks and ensure a seamless move. I understand that moving can be overwhelming, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!
Get your printable now, and let the adventure begin!
New House Checklist: Before Moving In
Before you move in, do a final walk-through. The final walk-through is your chance to make sure everything’s in good shape before you move in.
During the walk-through, ensure everything is in the same condition as when you agreed to buy or rent the property from the previous owners and that everything is in working order.
Check out the house’s:
- Major appliances
- Water heater
- HVAC system
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Smoke detectors
If you encounter any issues, promptly communicate with the house and tell your real estate agent to get them sorted out.
It helps to take pictures of everything as you walk through for your records. This is especially important if you have a lease agreement or need to schedule home improvements.
Change House Locks
Congratulations on obtaining the key to your new home! It opens up a world of possibilities for you.
But before you start the moving-in process, remember to change the house locks (and take your new key/new home picture!).
Getting new locks is a small investment for the priceless peace of mind it brings.
Set Up Utilities
When preparing for your moving day, it’s also important to transfer utilities. So, reach out to your new utility providers.
Let them know your move-in date and when to transfer services, such as:
Also, notify your old utility companies of your move-out date so you aren’t charged for utilities when you no longer live in your old house.
Turn On The AC/Heat & Water
One of the first things you want to do before move-in day is make sure your new home is comfortable. Go ahead of time to get the utilities on and make your move-in quicker.
The previous owner usually turns off the systems to make sure nothing happens when they move out and before you move in.
Big Deep Clean!
Moving into a clean home is not only refreshing, but it’s also crucial for your health and well-being. Giving your new house a deep cleaning before you move in is important.
But if you’re short on time or want to guarantee a thorough cleaning, consider hiring a professional cleaning service.
Yes, it may involve an additional cost, but think about the peace of mind you’ll have to know your new home is spotless.
Plan The Move- Hiring Movers?
Moving can be quite a task; sometimes, hiring professional movers is best. You can save money by doing it all yourself, but depending on the move, it’s too much, and you need help.
A moving company has the expertise and the right equipment for the job, saving you a lot of time and stress.
Hiring professional movers can vary from $25 to $125 per hour per person.
Prioritize Unpacking- List Most Important Rooms
I have a whole moving checklist to help you pack and more to get your old house wrapped up with less stress- but here, let’s talk about getting all your stuff packed up in smart ways.
When you start packing, it helps to plan ahead to when you’ll be unpacking. When the moving is done, where will you begin?
It’s best to start with the rooms with items you use most, like the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. Typically, they are the last things you pack up and the first things you unpack in your new home.
Pack Overnight Bags For Your First Nights
I’ve learned that when moving, sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. An overnight bag will keep you from scrambling to find necessary items in your new home for the first few days.
This bag should contain items like:
- A change of clothes
- Basic snacks
- Canned goods
Update Your Mailing Address & Card Info
Moving can be busy and overwhelming, so it’s super easy to forget to update your mailing address. However, updating your address with the local post office as soon as possible is important.
You must also update your driver’s license, credit cards, and more with your new address to make sure everything is still usable.
Use The Color Systems On Boxes
I like to color code my moving boxes. This can greatly simplify the packing and unpacking process and make moving into a new home much easier.
This method involves assigning a color to each room and marking the boxes with colored tape or labels corresponding to the room they belong to.
New House Checklist: It’s Move-In Day!
Have A Day-Of Cleaning Caddy
Having a cleaning caddy on moving day is like having a magic wand at your disposal. It lets you quickly tackle any unexpected messes and keeps your cleaning supplies handy.
Your caddy should include essentials like:
- Trash bags
- Microfiber cloths
- Multi-purpose cleaning spray
Get Groceries Delivered
Moving can be exhausting, and the last thing you want to do is rush to the supermarket for groceries! Consider scheduling a grocery delivery to your new home.
This way, you’ll have all the essentials without the added stress of shopping on moving day.
For your first delivery, include basic kitchen and baking staples, paper plates, frozen food essentials, snack staples, and various beverages.
Have Water Bottles- Stay Hydrated!
Moving can be chaotic, and it’s easy to overlook the importance of staying hydrated.
Keep water bottles on hand and nearby to maintain your health and energy throughout the moving process.
Don’t Skip Meals & Order In Dinner
Moving can be draining, and you need to keep your energy up. Keep healthy snacks on hand, and don’t skip meals while moving boxes or starting to unpack.
To save time, consider ordering dinner after a tiring day of moving. You deserve a break!
This also allows you to explore a local restaurant in your new city or neighborhood.
New House Checklist: Getting Set Up At Home
Unpacking can seem daunting, especially when a sea of moving boxes surrounds you. But don’t worry! These little tips will make the process easier.
- When packing up, be smart- use colored labels to have boxes go to the right room; for those essentials to be unpacked first, put 2 labels for priority.
- Load essential boxes in the truck last, so they get out first!
- Start by unpacking your home essentials and bathroom essentials.
- Be sure to organize things as you unpack to keep your new home tidy and manageable.
- Focus on one box, one room at a time, and before you know it, you’ll have turned your new place into a comfortable, well-organized home!
Setting Up Each Room
Setting up each room in your new house involves more than just moving furniture around.
It’s about creating a functional, comfortable living space that reflects your personality and lifestyle.
From arranging the furniture to maximizing natural light, every detail matters. So, take your time and let your style shine through in each room.
Furnish & Decorate
Your new house is just waiting for your personal touch!
Designing and furnishing your home is an opportunity to show off your unique style and create a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed.
From choosing the perfect sofa for your living room to picking out decor pieces that reflect your personality, make each corner of your home speak volumes about you.
Consider A Security System
Keeping your home safe and secure is a top priority! A home security system not only safeguards your home’s security but also brings peace of mind.
When selecting a security system, whether it’s a comprehensive one or just additional locks and alarms, carefully consider the level of security that best suits your specific needs.
Remember, there’s no price tag on your safety!
Look Into New Storage Solutions
As you settle into your new home, you might need more storage solutions to stay organized and clutter-free.
This could involve using closets strategically, turning unused spaces into storage areas, or buying furniture with built-in storage.
I highly recommend checking out Dollar Tree organization supplies– you can manage your stuff at home and save money!
What’s the first thing I should have ready when I move into a new house?
The first thing to have at hand should be an overnight bag. This bag should contain items like:
- A change of clothes
- Snacks and canned goods (easy food to make!)
Now, let’s get practical. You’ll want to hit the ground running as you step into your new space. So make setting up your bed and bathroom a priority.
How do I organize my stuff before I move?
Sorting your belongings before the move can significantly streamline the packing and unpacking process.
You have a good chance to declutter and make the move easier!
Start by dividing your belongings into categories based on the type of items. For example, keep dishes, pots and pans, and utensils together.
Then, use a color-coded labeling system for your boxes, which helps you easily identify where each box goes in your new home.
What should I get for my new home?
You’ll need essentials for each room when setting up your new home. For example:
- Kitchen: plates, bowls, knives, forks, spoons, a chef’s knife, pots and pans, and a blender.
- Living Room: a sofa, accent chairs, a coffee table, and decor items that reflect your style.
- Bathroom: basic toiletries like toilet paper, soaps, toothbrush/toothpaste, floss, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, razors, and fresh towels.
- Bedrooms: Curtains, lightbulbs, new light switches, carpet/floor cleaner
Remember to make a list of the items you need for each room before heading out to shop. This will help you stay organized.
Should I hire movers or just move ourselves?
The decision to hire movers or move yourself is dependent on several factors. These include your budget, the volume of items to be moved, and the distance of the move.
While hiring professional movers might save you time and stress, it could also entail additional costs. So, think about the pros and cons before making a decision.
What might need to be fixed in a new house?
When doing the final walk-through of your new house, you may discover some items that require attention or fixing.
Test the HVAC system, the smoke detectors, and the carbon monoxide detectors, find the circuit breaker and water valve, and establish an emergency response plan.
It’s important to address these issues before moving in. This could be anything from:
- Items left behind
- Missing items
- Unfinished repairs
- Light fixtures
- Exterior doors
- Appliance problems
- Damage to walls or flooring
Whether you’re a first-time mover or experienced, moving into a new home is always a thrilling adventure!
It’s a fresh start, an opportunity to create new memories, and a chance to decorate and organize your space just how you want it.
My moving checklist can help you navigate your move and make your new house feel like home quickly and easily.
Happy moving, and welcome to your new home!