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

Happy Checklist Day!

That’s right, October 30th is Checklist Day! At Hoot Homes, we know how stressful moving out for the first time can be. To take the hard work out – we have put together a full-proof checklist for first-time movers.

So let’s get started! First thing’s first…

The Pre-Move Preparations

Naturally, any stress-free moving out checklist starts with packing.

When putting your possessions in boxes, it’s best to pack room-by-room. That way, when it comes to unboxing everything, you don’t have to scramble through every box to set up a single room.

Another way to simplify this process is by writing which room things will be going in on top of the box with a marker.

Also, if you’re planning on hiring a removalist, make sure you read reviews first. It’s all well and good to go for the first option you see, but it could end with a lot of your possessions not making it to their destination in one piece.

So, with that said, let’s get into the nitty-gritty.


The Ultimate Cleaning Kit!

It’s all exciting once you move into your new home. However, when moving into an existing home or a new home, there is an element of dust/dirt that will be there. Before unpacking all your nice things, you’re going to want to do a bit of house keeping!

You’re going to need:

  • Rubber Gloves – So you’re prepared for everyone’s favourite part; the post-move clean.
  • Scrubbing Implements – Sometimes, paper towels just won’t cut it. Depending on whether you’re buying new or renting, you’ll learn very quickly how good it is to have these around.
  • Hand Towels – The perfect saviour for all your spills and sanitising.
  • Garbage Bags – I would have put these as the most vital moving necessity, but I feel that would have said something about my priorities…
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner – Especially if you’re moving in with other people, you would be amazed how quickly things can turn south without it.
  • Bleach and Ammonia – A great way to keep your bathroom spotless and sparkling. Just remember the gloves we talked about earlier.
  • A Mop and Bucket – Welcome to the joys of house maintenance. You and the mop bucket are going to become quite close.
  • A Vacuum – One thing you learn quickly after moving out is that dust is everywhere, and fighting it is a never-ending battle.
  • A Duster – For a more hands-on approach to keeping your home dust-free.
  • The “Must-Have” List

The Unpacking Process

Hopefully, by this stage, your belongings have made it to their new home. If so, then it’s time to start unpacking.

When doing this, make sure that you’re unpacking in order of importance. By doing so, you can ensure that you have everything you need right from the start.

The Kitchen

Whether or not cooking is your thing, having your kitchen prepped and ready from day one should be your top priority. That way, even if the rest of your house is in boxes, you can still enjoy a good meal when necessary.

To start your first kitchen off right, you’ll need:

  • Cleaning kit – We’re taking, wet wipes, spray and wipe, paper towels and your vacuum cleaner. Trust us, you’re going to need it!
  • Your Own Fridge – While some rental properties and furnished homes come with a fridge included, more often than not, you’ll have to bring your own. It’s best to plan out where it will go ahead of time, as the less you have to move your fridge around, the better.
  • The Essentials – By essentials, we mean cutlery, bowls, plates, cups, pots, pans, and any other utensils that you need for comfortable food and drink prep.
  • A Garbage Bin – Many first-time movers go for the “plastic bag on a doorknob” approach. However, you’ll quickly find that this method comes with some less than pleasant effects to the air of your home that can easily be avoided with a sturdy bin.
  • Food and Drinks – A well-prepared kitchen won’t do you much good if you don’t have the ingredients to make anything. Make sure that you make your first trip to the supermarket early on in your moving process.

While there are definitely a variety of other things that can take your new kitchen from functional to fantastic, these are an excellent starting point for your moving in checklist.

The Bathroom

Next stop in the moving out checklist is your bathroom. It’s amazing how easy it is to forget the simplest things, like toilet paper, when you’re focussed on making a successful move.

So, to make sure that your bathroom is prepared from the get-go, you’ll need:

  • Toothpaste and a Toothbrush – Just because you’re moving, that doesn’t mean you can leave your dental care by the wayside.
  • Shampoo and Conditioner – You’re going to need it after a long sweaty day of unpacking!
  • Soap for Both Basin and Bath/Shower – Once again, you’ll thank yourself once the move is over.
  • Towels – Maybe consider splashing out for some new ones, it’s one of the more grown up gifts you can get yourself.
  • Toilet Paper – Cannot stress this enough, you do not want to find yourself without it ever, especially in a new home.
  • Any Necessary Personal Hygiene Products – You know what you need better than we do, so just make sure you’ve got the necessities on-hand.

Nobody is expecting you to have everything you need right from the start. So, it’s good to have a list together of things that you’ll need to buy on your first big shopping trip, including:

  • Light Bulbs
  • A Flashlight
  • Extension Cords
  • An Iron + Ironing Board
  • Candles + Matches
  • Batteries
  • Sewing Kit
  • First-Aid Supplies
  • A Set of Basic Tools (Hammers, Screwdrivers, Pliers, Nails, Screws, Duct Tape)

The Bedroom

Sleeping is almost always going to be the first thing you want to do after moving, so it’s good to have the basics of bedtime set up.

To do this, you’ll need:

  • Your Mattress – With Box Spring and Frame.
  • Bedding – Sheets, Pillowcases, Blankets.
  • Nightstands and Dressers
  • Coathangers
  • A Laundry Basket
  • An Alarm Clock of Some Kind
  • A Lamp – Always a bright idea.
  • Realistically, the only thing you need from the start is your bed. However, if you’re looking to be thorough, all of these things will help to make your bedroom feel more comfortable and complete.

The Living Room

Finally, we come to the least vital, but the most frequented part of your house. Having a living area you’re comfortable in is important for making your house feel like a home. A couch is a must as your first step, but as you go you will slowly collect the below items:

  • A Couch/Sofa
  • Pillows
  • A TV
  • A Stereo System
  • Fans
  • Heating and Cooling
  • A Floor Rug
  • Bookshelves
  • Curtains/Drapery
  • A Coffee Table
  • Lamps/Lighting
  • Storage Shelves
  • Any Preferred Entertainment (Gaming Consoles, Vinyl Player, etc.)
  • Art

A comfortable home is built from both fun and functionality. So, it’s important to have the things you like set up once the necessities are out of the way.


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 nest today!

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