What process should I follow when moving home?

Moving home is a whirlwind of excitement, nervousness and quite often, stress. There are so many things to consider when moving home, and if this is your first home move or your 10th, there are always intricate pieces to remember and sort. It is important to mention that organisation is key and moving to a new house will be as stressful as you make it (within reason). In this article we are going to list a 5-stage process of moving home to look at as a rough guide. If you are looking for a more in-depth checklist, we have one of those too! Please note that these are the five key areas in our opinion to consider, and we wish you the best of luck with your move.


  • Get a solicitor that you trust: From the moment you decide that you are looking for a new home, it is important to go with a firm that you trust will do a good job. If you can get a personal recommendation, even better. If not, shop around and see what is out there. You want to make sure you have a brilliant solicitor who is going to make the process timely and smooth for you as a client. Get the scope of what the fees are going to look like too, as moving to a new house is expensive, and if your solicitor is charging you a premium you want to ensure you are getting the best service.


  • Have the house you want surveyed: It may look great aesthetically, but you want to ensure that the property does not have any problems. Also, check for flood risk and natural disaster risk before you look to purchase a property. Again, shop around for a surveyor that you can trust and has a breadth of experience.


  • Create a three-month plan: We have a downloadable checklist that you can access that gives you a three-month plan for moving home, all the way to the day you are in the property. Following a plan like this means that you will have plenty of time just in case things do not go to plan the first time.


  • De-clutter for less stress: As stated in the three-month plan, de-cluttering is the best thing about moving home! Use this as an opportunity to be a minimalist with your belongings and either sell or donate the items that you do not want.


  • Enjoy your home!: Once you are settled in your home, enjoy it. Sometimes moving and the time it takes can take it out of you, so make sure that you celebrate the fact that you are in a beautiful new property.

If you are looking for a more in-depth process, please note that you can download our three-month checklist that details everything you need to do, month by month before moving to a new house. There is also a ‘move day’ and ‘day after’ tick sheet enabling you to have all bases covered when settled in your new property.

Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.