A new house checklist for the seasoned homeowner


Moving into a new home is an exciting venture. Whether you’re heading into a brand new place or getting your hands dirty with a knock-down rebuild, a new home is a chance to build your perfect living space from the ground up. It’s also an opportunity to get creative with your style. Especially for those of us who have done it a few times before. We’ve put together our new house checklist to help make sure you don’t miss a beat.

It’s tailored for folks who have navigated these waters before but are keen on nailing a smooth sail this time around. It covers all the essentials of organising your move and turning your new home into your own personal sanctuary.

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New house essentials to prioritise first

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While the idea of setting up your new space is exciting, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to the practical side of actually moving. Here’s a checklist for moving into a new house, including what you should prioritise when organising your move.

Choose your moving maestros

Selecting top-notch removalists is your first step towards a smart move. Choosing professional and reliable movers with experience in your area will give you the peace of mind that your cherished possessions are well looked after. They’ll do the heavy lifting at both ends of the move. You can even book removalists who do the packing and unpacking for you (win!) Tap into your network of friends, family and neighbours for recommendations on trusted movers. (And not to blow our own horn, but Happly is the best source for vetted removalists that are local to you.)

Box it like a boss

Your next mission is securing sturdy packing boxes and robust tape. These will be your trusty tools to ensure everything from your kitchen gadgets to your keepsakes arrives intact. While you can go pick up these from your local Bunnings or Officeworks, Happly offers free next day delivery to your door. So, unless you want to struggle squeezing boxes into your car, Happly’s box shop is the smart choice. If you’ve been holding onto packaging boxes in the lead-up to your house move, you’re already ahead in the eco-friendly game.

Tie up loose ends

Settling all outstanding bills is a crucial pre-move task. It’s the clean slate approach, which means no leftover bills, no late fees, just peace of mind. And coordinating your utilities’ connection (and disconnection) well in advance avoids last-minute scrambles. Water, internet, electricity and gas – each of these companies requires a heads-up. Sometimes involving access to your current home to ensure a smooth transition.

Notify the world

Avoid lost mail by updating your address across all of your essential services. From the post office to voter registration, government platforms and your workplace. Keeping everyone posted (sorry, couldn’t resist) on your move ensures you remain connected. Other important ones to remember are your phone and internet provider, insurance, bank and any subscriptions. And, of course, make sure your driver’s licence, vehicle registration and schools are informed. Lastly, give your friends and family a heads-up – they’ll want to know where to send their housewarming wishes.

Make your home uniquely yours with these new house necessities

Now we’ve got the essentials covered, it’s time to start choosing your new house necessities to make your new digs feel like home sweet home.

Here’s a guide to selecting those special items to make your house distinctly yours.

  • Furniture that speaks to you: Prioritise pieces that combine functionality with personal flair – think statement-making dining chairs and couches that double as conversation starters and also cater to the number of people in your household. Also, consider how often you entertain and if you need to allow additional seating for regular visitors.
  • Add warmth and atmosphere: The right lighting can seriously transform your space. Consider layering different types of lighting, from ambient lighting like floor lamps that illuminate the room to task lighting like a desk lamp for reading or cooking and accent lighting to highlight artwork or architectural features. Smart LED bulbs that adjust colour temperature throughout the day can enhance the mood and energy of your home.
  • Entertainment ready: Get your kitchen and dining areas equipped for entertaining (housewarming party, anyone?) An extendable dining table, stylish yet comfortable seating and a bar cart or wine fridge for easy access to drinks will make hosting a breeze. Don’t forget quality speakers for music to set the tone for your shindigs.
  • Outdoor considerations: If your home includes a garden or deck, make it an extension of your living space. Durable, weather-resistant furniture, ambient lighting like solar-powered lanterns and a fire pit for cooler evenings can create a lush, welcoming outdoor retreat. Got a green thumb? Consider a vertical garden or potted plants for a touch of greenery.
  • Window coverings for privacy and style: Curtains and blinds do more than provide privacy – they’re an opportunity to introduce texture and colour to your spaces. Thermal blackout curtains can improve insulation, while light, airy drapes add a soft touch to your interiors. Motorised blinds offer convenience and a sleek, modern look.
  • Essentials toolkit: Every homeowner needs a basic toolkit for DIY tasks and quick fixes. Rustle one up with a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, a measuring tape and a drill. For the tech-savvy, smart home gadgets like wireless security cameras can be handy (and secure) additions.
  • Art for personal expression: Fill your walls with art that resonates with you, whether it’s prints from your favourite artists, framed photographs of your travels or pieces picked up from local artisans.
  • Bring nature indoors: Plants don’t just keep your space Pinterest-worthy – they can purify the air, too. From low-maintenance succulents to lush indoor trees, greenery undeniably adds to your living environment. Consider herbs for the kitchen windowsill for fresh flavours at your fingertips.

Making moving day simple and worry-free

From selecting the right removalists to ensuring your home office is primed for productivity, diving into curating your new house space with these home essentials is an exciting part of the moving journey. Master all the moving pieces of moving home with our moving house checklist and Happly, and easily book high-quality service providers all in one platform.

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