12 Things to Do Before Moving Into a New House

New Home Checklist: Pre-Moving Essentials

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While moving is an inevitable life experience, not many would describe moving into a new house as a “fun” activity. Moving can take a whole weekend of your time—sometimes even more!—and this doesn’t even include the time it takes to unpack and get settled into your new home. While moving out is the biggest hurdle, the moving in is a challenge in itself, usually forgotten until you get there and realize your furniture doesn’t fit, or that you have less space for your things than you thought you would, or that you’ve forgotten to label the moving boxes and have no idea where anything is! After all the effort of moving out of an old house, the last thing you need is more stress when you get to your new home.

With all the planning, packing, moving, and cleaning, the whole process from start to finish can take a long time. But while moving into a new house can seem like a tiresome task, there is some good news: moving doesn’t have to be awful! Making proper preparations should make moving into a new house less stressful and considerably less time-consuming.

If you’re in the process of moving into a new house, take a look at our checklist below to figure out what tasks you can do to ensure your move is as hassle-free as can be.

Moving Into a New House: 12 Important Tasks to Do Beforehand

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1. Choose a moving date

 

While most people prefer to move on weekends or on a holiday, you can save money on moving truck rentals if you move mid-week and mid-month—aka when the demand is lowest. Holidays are peak seasons, so the rates are typically higher. If you can plan in advance, choose a move date sometime in the months between October and April, when demand will be lowest, and plan your work leaves in advance. Another bonus? The roads are less congested mid-week, making for a faster move for less expense.

 

2. Pick a legitimate moving company

If you’re hiring a moving company, don’t overlook company reviews! Be sure to do your homework and choose a mover that’s licensed and insured, with professional movers on staff. Handling your home items takes care and a certain level of expertise—hiring a less-than-ideal moving company may result in the damage of your furniture and other personal items.

Once you’ve chosen the right company, call immediately to schedule your move date with them and find out their list of non-allowables. Non-allowables typically include aerosol cans, paints, pesticides, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, and more, depending on the moving company. Get this information ready before packing up your home so you have time to set the non-allowable items aside.

 

3. Do some research on your new neighborhood

Be sure to research your new neighborhood before the big move. You’ll save yourself time by exploring the area in person before the big move date, rather than wandering aimlessly around the neighborhood after you’ve moved in. Especially important to note is where the nearest grocery and supply stores are, as you’ll be frequenting them the most while you’re settling into your new home. If you have school-age children, you might want to check out the nearest schools as well.

 

4. Send out a moving announcement

You don’t have to send a moving announcement to the whole neighbourhood, but it would be beneficial to let trusted friends and family members know when your big move date is. Your announcement could also double as an open invitation for the recipients to come over and help with the moving process. It may also be best to tell your employers as well, so that they’ll know not to contact you for anything work-related while you’re moving into a new house.

 

5. Change your billing address

In the midst of the moving-out chaos, it can be all too easy to forget to change your billing and subscription addresses. Unless you want your credit cards declined, it would be prudent to change your address as soon as possible.

This is also important for transferring utilities. Make sure to contact your utility service providers to let them know about the move, and schedule disconnect and connect dates for things such as cable and internet. While updating your billing address before the move date may seem like a dull chore, you’ll be thankful to have the errand done in advance rather than when you’re knee-deep into the moving process.

 

6. Purchase the proper supplies

 

When moving, you’ll need several rolls of packing tape, markers and labels, and the proper type of moving boxes. It’s important that you don’t use damaged boxes when moving! Filling them up with heavy items will make the box break when you pick it up, making whatever you’ve packed inside fall to the floor. Certain items, such as your television, mirrors, and artwork may even require a different kind of box altogether, such as a telescope box. Do some research beforehand to ensure that you have all the right supplies for packing up your former home.

 

7. Organize items to be moved

 Organizing your items into three piles before packing them up. Pile #1 should be the items you’re bringing to the new house, Pile #2 should be things to be sold or donated, and Pile #3 should be the things you intend to put into a storage unit. If Pile #2 is particularly large, try hosting a garage sale before the move. Having less stuff to move will only make your relocation less stressful and less expensive.

 If you aren’t labeling the boxes, you’re making a giant mistake! The boxes will inevitably get mixed up on the way to your new home, and you’ll be left opening every single box to check for where you put your toiletries and pajamas.

 When organizing the items to be moved, label the boxes according to their corresponding rooms, such as “kitchen,” “bathroom,” “closet,” etc. Also, all fragile items should be labeled as such to avoid damage en route.

 

8. Pack a moving-day survival kit

After moving into a new house, you don’t want to have to sift through hundreds of boxes just to find your clothes and your toothbrush. Instead, pack a moving-day survival kit with a few changes of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, medicine, and whatever items you’ll want to have on-hand when moving into a new house.

 

9. Reserve a storage unit

 Especially important if you’re downsizing, a storage unit will be helpful if you’re not ready to sell or donate any of your items. It’s recommended to reserve a unit well before your move, though make sure the unit you choose is in a well-maintained facility with  good security features.

 

10. Paint the walls or closets of your new place

 Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring professional painters, it’s best to do the painting of your new home several days to a couple of weeks before you move. Why? The empty rooms will be much easier to paint, as there will be no need to move furniture, take down draperies, clear out closets, or take artwork and other decor off the walls. Plus, moving all your items into a freshly-painted room will feel that much more comfortable and rewarding.

 

11. Have the mechanical equipment cleaned and serviced

 As soon as you’re set to move, check the heating and cooling systems in your new home and make sure they’re clean and well-maintained. This is especially important because if the cooling system breaks down at the peak of summer, you’ll not only be quite uncomfortable, but you’ll also have to pay extra to have a technician come over and service the machine. By having the equipment serviced in advance, you’ll guarantee the longevity of the units while saving money by preventing repair costs.

 

12. Clean up your old home

 Don’t be rude to whoever moves into your former home! Before moving into a new house, don’t forget to do one last sweep of your former home. After making sure everything is packed up and extra items are sold or donated, do a deep clean of your old place by vacuuming the floors and wiping down surfaces.

Ready for the big move?

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If you’re finding moving into a new house a bit more difficult than you thought, save yourself the struggle and book with TheLorry! Our network of expert movers will make sure your things are swiftly delivered to your new place. Rest assured, your items will be in good hands. Happy moving!

5 Chinese Customs When Moving Into Your New Home

Chinese Rituals Followed When Moving Houses

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In Chinese culture, there are tons of customs to perform for various occasions. But one of the most important occasions to practice these rituals is when you’ve just moved into a new home.

Moving into a new house is an important occasion, one that signals new beginnings, providing homeowners an opportunity to invite wealth and good luck into their lives.

While most people celebrate a new home with a housewarming party or with a quiet dinner with family in the new neighborhood, Chinese rituals for moving into a new house requires some very unique and specific practices. Superstitious? Yes. Fun? Definitely!

If you’ve just bought a new house, would you really pass up an opportunity to bring in greater prosperity? Check out these 10 Chinese rituals for moving into a new house:

10 Chinese Rituals for Moving Into a New House

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1. Leave the lights on for 3 days straight

3 days prior to the day you move in, every light in the house should be turned on and left on until the day you arrive. This is so that your new place can fill up with “yang” energy, as walking into a new house filled with “yin” energy could spell bad luck.

If you feel like this is a little too obsessive or wasteful, then you can go with the cheaper and more cost-effective alternative of switching on the lights just a day before you arrive, and leaving them on the entire day of your move-in date.

 2. Roll a pineapple around the house

Yes, you read that right. From the moment you open the main front door, you have to literally roll a pineapple around your home. Keep in mind that you should be rolling the fruit with your hands, and not kicking it around with your feet.

Also, to add to the ridiculousness, you’ll need to roll the pineapple around while saying casual celebratory phrases of good fortune and prosperity. Traditionally, these phrases should be in Mandarin and can be searched online, but if you can’t speak Mandarin, you can also just call out phrases in English like, “more money!” or “good health!” as you roll the pineapple on the floor. As far as Chinese rituals for moving into a new house goes, this one is bound to get a few chuckles out of even your most superstitious relative.

 

3. Carry something auspicious inside

While you’re rolling the pineapple to attract wealth, family members should help you out and attract even more wealth by carrying something auspicious inside the house. By “auspicious” this usually means—yes, you guessed it—more fruits. The usual items to bring are fresh fruits that symbolize different blessings, such as:

  • Oranges = symbolizes prosperity

  • Pomegranates = symbolizes opportunities

  • Peaches = symbolizes good health

  • Apples = symbolizes safety

If for some reason you’re sick of fruits, you can also carry in feng shui coins, or even a handbag with lots of money inside. The emphasis of this ritual is that no one’s hands should be empty as they enter the room. And yes, playing a game on your phone counts as having your hands empty.

Preferably, the breadwinner of the family should carry a big plate filled with fresh fruits in both hands, but if the breadwinner of the family is busy rolling a pineapple around the floor, the task can be delegated to the next most authoritative person. The person rolling the pineapple and the person carrying the fresh fruits should be the first and second people to enter the house, respectively.

Once inside, all the fruits/items should then be placed on a table, usually the dining table.

4. Open all the doors and windows

After placing the fruits inside, open all the doors and windows of your home.

Chinese rituals for moving into a new house revolve a lot around “yang” energy, and one of the customs that follow after ushering auspicious items into the house is to open all the doors and windows of your new space.

Aside from welcoming in fresh air and sunlight inside, this practice allows “qi” or positive yang energy to renew itself and flow throughout the house.

5. Turn on the stove and all the water taps

Proclaim the functionality of your new home by turning on all the water taps, the gas pipes, and electrical appliances! Leave them on for just 3 minutes lest you burn the whole house down. Doing this ensures that the various sectors of your home are “activated” and have energy flowing through them.

This ritual also allows the house to “introduce” itself to the environment, welcoming even more auspicious chi to come in.

(It’s also a great way to check if everything in your new place is working well.)

6. Cook a meal and eat it with family

Arguably the best custom out of the bunch, the concluding Chinese ritual for moving into a new house is to bond with your family over a delicious home-cooked meal.

The meal should be cooked in your new place, and served with Chinese tea. This practice symbolizes the sharing of wealth among family members, and is a nice way to celebrate your new place with your friends and family.

Welcome to Your New Home!

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Moving into a new house usually sounds stressful, but with interesting customs like these, moving in can actually be incredibly fun—especially when with friends and family.

But if you want to skip the stress of moving in and jump straight into the fun stuff, then don’t hesitate to book with TheLorry! Our network of expert movers will make sure your things are swiftly delivered to your new place, letting you save your moving-in energy for attracting all that auspicious yang energy. Happy moving!

Moving Mistakes Every Singaporean Makes When Relocating

Think moving is easy? Think again! Relocating to a new place can be a stressful and strenuous process. It takes plenty of time and effort to pack your entire life from one house to another, and just the mere art of shoving everything into boxes can take up to several weeks or months.

But if you’re not careful, you could end up spending way more time and money than necessary. So pay attention to these common mistakes that Singaporeans typically make, and vow never to repeat them. 

1. You Didn’t Really Declutter

Maybe you collected a wide variety of souvenirs and decorative items that you thought would look great at home…  but when was the last time they added real value to your house? You probably even forgot you had them! 

We know it’s hard to toss everything out, but you need to start decluttering. 

Think of the move as a rejuvenation process for your soul. New house equals brand new chapter. And if you’re going to start over, don’t clutter your new home with too many knick knacks that only collect dust. You can’t make room for more things if you’ve filled up every inch of space with the same old stuff. So do yourself a favour and start the purging process now. Dedicate an entire weekend to tossing things out. Once you start, it gets a lot easier. For more tips on decluttering, read this.

2. You Trust People A Little Too Easily

Don’t make the mistake of hiring the cheapest movers on the block because you never know if they’re actually professional about their job. Always make sure you have an inventory list and check thoroughly when boxes leave your old house to go to your new one. We’d recommend hiring a trusted moving company, because you can sit back and trust that your items are in the right hands. Nothing gets broken or stolen midway. So if you’re looking for professional movers, we’ve got the right guys for you on Kaodim Direct.

3. You Try To Skimp on Moving Supplies

Shopping for new furniture can be costly, so we understand the desire to tighten the budget on moving supplies. But getting old boxes is a bad idea. Why? Because those boxes can be weak, dirty and possibly contain last week’s meat delivery in them. You don’t want your precious furniture stashed in there, right? So purchase new boxes and loads of packing tape and bubble wrap to secure your items. Once you’re done with the move, you can recycle the boxes.

4. You Failed To Pack A Family Survival Kit

It usually takes a week or more to get the entire house looking clean, tidy and organised. So make sure you pack a family survival kit to ensure that the transition into the new house is easy for everyone. Bring essential things like flashlights, phone chargers, a tool box, medication and things of that sort for the comfort of your whole family.

5. You Assume You Can Do Everything Yourself

If moving really was that simple, there wouldn’t be a need for professional movers. But these professionals are there for a reason. You see, there are too many things to consider when you’re initiating the entire moving process alone. Stress skyrockets, tempers flare, things get lost or broken and the whole transition into the new house is met with sourness.

Originally published as Moving Mistakes Every Singaporean Makes When Relocating by Tashya Viknesh Author at kaodim.sg.

Unpacking after moving house: A survival guide

Moving house is among the top five most stressful situations that life holds. So how can we make the idea of relocating a journey to look forward to, not dread?

Why is moving house considered a life event so terrible that it makes this list?

Anyone who’s packed up and moved to an entirely new home knows that, more often than not, things don’t always run smoothly.

Moving house can be a stressful feat, particularly if you’re feeling disorganised. Picture: Getty

Whether your furniture is damaged in the process, boxes of precious trinkets end up lost, or you suffer an injury while packing (lift with your knees, not your back!), there’s a whole host of things that can go wrong in a move.

We can’t promise that a read of this guide will mean you’ll never encounter a stressful blip in the moving process again, but making things as easy as possible for yourself during every stage can absolutely help.

Here, Jo Carmichael, professional organiser and founder of All Sorted Out, shares her top tips for unpacking post move.

How to start packing up your home

Before embarking on any move, Jo recommends first taking some steps to ensure you’re in good stead to begin the packing process.

After all, a little bit of admin pre-pack will ensure a smooth unpack on the other side.

Here are Jo’s top three tips for packing up your home:

1. Take pictures of set-ups

“Before packing, I like to take photos of how shelves or desks were set up so it can be quickly recreated in the next home.”

2. Declutter before packing

“Every household accumulates so much unnecessary stuff these days. Before packing anything into a box, go through cupboards first and decide what to keep, donate or toss.”

3. Pack room by room and label all boxes

“Write the general category for each room and what’s contained on the tape of the box. This will help you choose where to start when it comes time to unpack.”

Expert tip: Number your boxes and create a list in your phone of all items contained within each numbered box.

A Sharpie will be your best friend throughout a move. Picture: Getty

Put together a moving survival kit

Jo recommends constructing a moving kit of essentials to assist you during the days after a move.

“If you’re selling and settling on the current home – make sure to keep legal, banking, real estate, insurance documents and house keys handy.” 

From there, Jo says it’s a matter of packing practical items that you may need.

“Toilet paper, paper towel, garbage bags, device chargers, snack foods, medications, tea and coffee, a bottle opener, a change of clothes, and a bag of apples are all items you should keep close by,” she says.

If you’ve got kids, keep some form of entertainment close by. Picture: Getty

Jo always likes to include a few extra touches for comfort, too, to make the move a little bit less stressful.

“A candle can help to make the place smell like home, and a charged iPad or the kids’ favourite soft toys will help them feel settled.

“Lastly, a packet of wet wipes for cleaning up spills or wiping over messy shelves before unpacking is always handy, too.”

Expert tip: Keep your survival kit in a recognisable basket or carry bag so it’s not mixed with the packing boxes. Jo recommends keeping it on the kitchen bench.  

Keep the car and house keys in a distinctive place as people often misplace these little necessities in times of stress. Picture: Getty

How to start unpacking after the move

It can be a daunting thought: Deciding where to begin the unpacking process. But Jo says a good place to begin is the kitchen.

“If you brought food from your fridge or freezer with you in an esky, get this unpacked and chilling first up.

“Then it’s a matter of moving from room to room based on your needs in the home.”

Expert tip: “If you have a family member feeling a bit out of sorts because they don’t like moving house, try to unpack their room first. If they’re feeling settled, things will flow easier.”

Originally published as Unpacking after moving house: A survival guide by Katie Skelly. Author at realestate.com.au.