Leaving the Nest - A Moving Out Checklist for First-Time Movers

Leaving the Nest - A Moving Out Checklist for First-Time Movers

Leaving the Nest. Our Top Tips for First Time Movers!

So, the time to move out of your family home and start living life on your own has arrived.
How exciting….and daunting!

With so many moving parts and variables to consider, the moving out process can become quite overwhelming – especially when it is entirely new territory and the first time you are doing it.

To help take some of the stress and hard work out of your move, Hoot Homes have put together a set of helpful and practical checklists to assist our first time-movers – to make moving out for the first time easy and stress-free.



The Pre-Move Preparations

First and foremost, make sure your new home is ready for your arrival, with all the UTILITIES connected and working on the day you move in.

  1. Gas
  2. Electricity
  3. Water
  4. Internet
  5. Pay TV (Foxtel)

The last thing you want on moving day is to be doing it in the dark, or unable to have a long, hot shower when you are all done. By planning ahead and ensuring the above services are connected and ready to go, on or before your move-in date, you will be well set to get comfortable and start turning your house into your home from the get-go. Internet and any Pay TV connetions are really important to get onto early as these are notorious for having wait times and unexpected delays.


Next up, it is time to sort out your INSURANCE

Now that you are living out of home, you need to ensure that all your worldly possessions are protected in case of damage, loss, or theft.

By organising Home and Contents insurance by a reputable insurance company, you will be protecting both your physical bricks and mortar home, as well as your possessions that sit within it.

Note: If you are renting and do not own the home you have moved out to, you only need to invest in Contents Insurance. Home Insurance is the property owner’s responsibility.

It is always good to shop around when it comes to insurance as there are plenty of companies who provide excellent cover and what suits you and your needs best will likely differ to that which suits some of your friends and family.

Change of address

This is an important step that is often overlooked amongst all the other things you need to do and remember when moving.

Getting fined or missing out on important information because critical organisations can’t reach you at your new address would be extremely frustrating. A list of the most common companies that need to know where you live is listed below – be sure to go through your day-to-day dealings and write your own personalised list as well:

  • ATO
  • Superannuation
  • Bank
  • Electoral Office
  • Health Fund
  • Doctor / Dentist
  • Club Memberships
  • Work / University


Moving on to the actual move itself.


    Whether you have people who can help you on your moving day, or you need to hire a company to do the heavy lifting, make sure you have it organised in advance to help ensure things run smoothly and on time. If you are looking to hire a removalist, be sure to check reviews and ask for recommendations as you don’t want a bad experience with late arrivals or broken property.

    With your boxes and bags clearly marked and the essential items for each room ticked of your checklist, unpacking should be that much easier.
    Be sure to unpack in order of importance so that if you run out of time or energy, you have food available, a bath towel and soap at the ready and a place to sleep sorted. The smaller items and nice to haves can wait until tomorrow.

    You did it… Well done!

Now that you have moved into your new home, all your possessions have moved with you and you are unpacked, it’s time to settle in and relax – and maybe to venture out to your new neighbourhood and suss out what is where – your local supermarket, bottle shop, coffee shop, petrol station and parks / recreation.

It’s important to know how far your essential services are for when they become…. Essential.


Be sure to take time to relax, unwind and get to know your new house – turning it into your new home. The next phase of your independent life is just beginning, so take the time to enjoy it!


At Hoot Homes, we provide first-time homebuyers with a range of affordably luxurious home designs. So, if you’re looking to make your next move into your dream home, contact Hoot Homes on 1300 303 100, and find your perfect fit today!

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