New House Checklist Before Moving into Your New Home

Moving into a new house is not just a thrilling but also an overwhelming occasion. So, staying on top of everything might seem a bit tough, especially since you need to take care of a lot of stuff. If you are also worried about whether you’ve got it all right, then you need to check out this new home checklist, which will help you know what to do before, during, and after your move-in day. Right from unpacking your essentials to even selecting your choice of décor and furniture, this checklist is sure to cover everything.

Things to do before moving

As move-in day nears, you might seem a bit nervous about what you need to do. If this is true, then here is a list of things to do before moving that will include utility setups and preparing an inspection report. Considering that you have taken care of all the logistical parts of moving in, such as hiring a moving company, and are done packing your stuff, here are a few other things you need to do.

Clean the New House

Even if the owners who used to live there have already cleaned the place, it is always better to clean the house by yourself once more thoroughly. This includes cleaning walls, floors, and cabinets, along with scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom. You can also consider hiring a professional to clean everything and ensure that everything remains spotless.

Paint and Make Repairs

If you are planning to change the interior of your new home, painting is something you need to add to your new home checklist. Painting the walls and making other changes will be easier if you do it before you start moving your furniture. It is also a great opportunity to check for any problems in the house, create an inspection report, and work on it immediately. This may include fixing holes, cracks, or any other damages present.

Turn On the HVAC System

Before you move in, you need to ensure that the heating and cooling systems have been turned on and are working properly. This will help avoid any unpleasant surprises on the first night of your shift. If you notice any issues with the HVAC system, you need to call a professional to inspect it.

Change the Locks

While there may be existing locks in your new home, it is always safer to install new locks since this ensures that no one else has access to the house. Although installing new locks is a simple job that you can do yourself, you can still call a locksmith for the same.

Update Your Address With Important Contacts

Notify all credit card companies, banks, and other essential contacts whom you need to update about your new address. Ensure you change your address even on insurance policies and subscriptions. To ensure that you continue to receive all your essential bills and mail them to your new house, file a change of address form that you can find at any local post office.  

Transfer Utilities

To get your utility setups done, contact your utility companies to either start, stop, or transfer the services. You must also provide your new address and the move-in or move-out date, apart from other relevant information. You may also be asked to provide proof of identity, such as a driver’s license. To avoid any delays, you can handle this at least two weeks prior to your move-in date.

Install a Home Security System

Consider getting a home security system installed along with additional alarms and locks to keep your house secure. These should also be considered new home essentials. A security system can not only protect your home but also provide you with peace of mind.

Connect internet and TV

Moving into a new home without TV and internet might feel like moving into a desert with no access to the world. This is why you need to schedule your internet and TV connection well before your move-in date. Doing this beforehand will ensure that you are not moving into a dead zone on the moving day.

Check the home appliances

When you move into a new house, it may or may not come with all the appliances needed for stable living. It is hence essential to check whether you have access to a stove, refrigerator, or dishwasher in your new house. If there is no access, then you might want to take measurements of the place and purchase these appliances accordingly.

Furniture Arrangement for new house 

Achieving a beautiful space cannot be achieved by applying good paint to your interiors; you may also want to decide on your furniture arrangement. Furniture arrangement also decides the way your house looks. If you are confused about how to arrange your furniture in the right way, then here’s a guide.

Assessing Room Layouts and Dimensions

Initially, before focusing on your furniture choices, ensure you know what your rooms look like. By this, we mean you need to look at the layouts and dimensions, which will help suggest how your doors, windows, and lights have been placed. Based on the location of these elements, it is possible to map out where your furniture will go.

Create a blueprint of the house

Once you have mapped out your rooms, you might want to get a blueprint of your house. This will help you check where each piece of furniture will go and what it looks like. If you feel like a single piece of furniture does not look good in one location, you can make changes to the blueprint. Once the blueprint is finalized, you can move to the next step. This will also provide you with a better idea of what goes where.

Symmetrical Living Room Furniture Arrangement

One of the most critical parts of furniture arrangement in your new house is keeping it symmetrical. You want all your furniture to be clear in multiple places. Crowding the furniture in a single place can make it look lopsided and may even be unattractive.

Traffic Flow Considerations

The furniture should be placed so that it is easily accessible. It would help if you thought of how people will be entering the room and how they will flow through each of the rooms. This will help you get an idea of how the furniture needs to be placed. Sometimes, wrong placement and not enough space could also lead to falling while walking. As a thumb rule, ensure there is 75 cm space between any two pieces of furniture at all sides to keep space equal.

Focal Points

Keep an eye out for focal points such as a large window with a view or a fireplace that you want to highlight. These places naturally become the central design elements based on which the furniture arrangement can be planned. For example, a bedroom will consist of a bed as the focal point, and the rest of the furniture will be placed accordingly.

Maximizing Natural Light 

Natural light is your most incredible saviour. Try to locate all the locations that provide you with proper lighting. Since not all the rooms have the same natural light amount, you might want to examine each room individually. Plan your furniture arrangement so that it helps maximize the natural light and does not obstruct it.

Balancing Aesthetics

Eventually, your room should be all about the way it looks. There is no point in arranging your furniture in a certain way if you do not achieve a well-balanced aesthetic. You might also want to add certain accessories to enhance the aesthetics of your room.

New home essentials

Now that you have almost completed your new home checklist, here are a few new home essentials that you can make a note of.

Living Room essentials

  • Area rug
  • Lamps and end tables
  • Lounge furniture
  • Decorative pillows
  • Picture frames and wall art
  • TV mount and television
  • Ottoman or coffee table

 Kitchen Essentials

  • Food storage containers
  • Knives
  • Cutting boards
  • Measuring cups
  • Napkins and paper products
  • Bottle opener and corkscrew
  • Oven mitts
  • Dish towels
  • Mugs and glassware
  • Bowls, plates, and other dinnerware
  • Pots, pans, and necessary cookware
  • Ice cube tray
  • Garbage cans and trash bags

 Bedroom Essentials

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Plungers
  • Toiletries
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Bath and hand towels
  • Trash cans and trash bags
  • Tissues
  • Shower curtains, rods, liners, and rings

 Bathroom Essentials

  • Lamps
  • Rugs
  • Decorative items
  • Pillows
  • Dresser for clothing
  • Mattress and mattress pads
  • Mirror
  • Nightstands
  • Hangers for closets
  • Blankets and comforters
  • Dresser for clothing
  • Bed sheets and an extra set of linens per bed
  • Bedframe and headboard

 Home Office Essentials

  • Phone
  • Whiteboard
  • File cabinet
  • Bookcase and binders
  • Office Supplies
  • Computers, monitors, and keyboard
  • Desk and chair
  • Envelopes and stamps
  • Paper and printer

 Outdoor Essentials

  • Hose
  • Patio Furniture
  • Grill and grilling tools
  • Lawnmower
  • Garden tools
  • Leaf blower


Now that you have your new home checklist ready, it is time to check your maintenance schedule and keep your new home at its best. This checklist will also help you stay on top of everything and ease your transition to a new house.


How to plan for a new house?

You need to check for the following steps to get a plan for a new house
Initially, plan what you can do and what you can’t
Next, choose a land where you want your house to be
Make a budget
Select your team and the materials required
Supervising the work and then moving in once the work is completed.

What not to bring to a new house?

While moving into a new house, you might want to avoid bringing hazardous materials such as gasoline or flammable liquids with you. You should also leave behind any dairy and meat products that may go bad.

How far in advance should I start preparing for my move?

You need to start planning about two months before your move-in date, and your packing should start at least two to three weeks before.

Are there any essential repairs to make before moving in?

You might want to inspect your house for a few necessary repairs. Some of the most common ones that people tend to look at are leaky pipes or electrical problems, among others.

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