6 Chinese Customs When Moving Into Your New Home

Chinese Rituals Followed When Moving Houses


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


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!


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.

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

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.