The Timeline For A Successful House Move

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Moving house can be a stressful experience. From finding the perfect property to packing up all your belongings and dealing with all the paperwork involved in the process, a lot needs to be done.

However, if you plan and break down each task into manageable steps, you’ll find that the timeline for a successful house move is not as daunting as it may seem.

This article will provide a timeline for all the essential steps of a successful house move, from choosing and reserving a property, to moving day. With this timeline, you’ll be able to plan and ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.


The research phase is the first and most important step of any successful house move. Let’s go over a few things you’ll be doing in this phase, shall we?

Look for a house to move into

Start by deciding on a location and budget for your new property. You can use online sources or enlist the help of a real estate agent’s help to find the perfect place. Once you have identified a few potential homes, it’s time to begin researching them in depth.

Consider the budget, location, and size of the new house

The budget is important to consider when moving house, as it will determine how much you need to spend on the move. The location also plays an important role, as it will determine how easy or difficult your move will be.

The size of the new house should also be considered, as it will determine how many belongings you can bring with you and how much space you will have to work with. All of these factors should be considered when looking for a new place to move.

Collect quotes from removal companies and compare them

Once you have chosen your house, it’s time to start researching removal companies. First, collect quotes from several different companies and compare them.

Local furniture removalists may be cheaper, but if you’re moving a long distance, it may be worth looking for an interstate removal company. Be sure to read the reviews and check the insurance coverage of any removal companies you consider.


The preparation phase is the second step of a successful house move. This is where you’ll be getting everything organised and ready for moving day. Let’s go over what you must do to ensure your move is as smooth as possible.

Notify relevant people or organisations of your move

It’s important to let people and organisations that you’re associated with know about your moving plans. This includes utility companies, banks, insurance companies, and any other organisations that may need to be notified. This will ensure that all your services are transferred to your new address promptly, and you won’t have to worry about any interruptions or extra charges.

Arrange for childcare if necessary

If you have children, it’s important to arrange for childcare during the moving process. Moving day can be chaotic and stressful, and you won’t be able to give your kids the attention they need while dealing with all the tasks involved in the move. It’s best to plan ahead and ensure someone can look after them while you’re packing and moving.

Start packing items 

The best way to pack items for a house move is to start immediately with the things you won’t need. This includes decorations, holiday items, and out-of-season clothes. Pack these items into boxes first and tape them securely.

When moving, consider hiring a rubbish removalist to dispose of unwanted items such as old furniture, appliances, and electronics. This saves time and effort, as the removalist handles all the heavy lifting and transportation.

Moving Out Day

The third phase of a successful house move is the moving-out day. This is when everything comes together, and you can finally bring your belongings to your new home. It’s essential to be organised and prepared and have all the necessary items for a smooth move. Here are some tips for making your moving-out day go as smoothly as possible.

Hand over keys to new owners/landlord

It is essential to hand over the keys to new owners or landlords on the move-out day as it will be a sign of respect and a way of showing that you have officially moved out of the property. It also allows the new occupants to move in as soon as possible without any unnecessary delays. Furthermore, it is a legal requirement in some areas to hand over the keys for safety and security reasons.

Take meter readings at the old property and notify utility companies

It’s essential to take meter readings at the old property on a moving-out day and notify the relevant utility companies. This will allow them to close your account properly and ensure that you don’t receive any bills for the property after your move. Furthermore, it will help the new owners or tenants to set up their utilities and services as soon as possible.

Have removal vehicles loaded with your belongings

Having removal vehicles loaded with your belongings on the moving-out day is essential to ensure a successful move. This will allow you to quickly and efficiently load your items onto the vehicles and begin your journey to your new home. It is important to have the right size and type of vehicle, as well as enough people to ensure that all items are packed and loaded correctly. Additionally, it is important to ensure the vehicle is properly insured in case of any accidents or damage to your items during the move.

Moving In Day

The fourth phase of a successful house move is the moving in day. This is when you unpack all your belongings and finally settle into your new home. It is essential to plan and ensure you have everything you need to unpack smoothly, such as boxes, packing materials and the right tools.

Receive keys from new owners/landlord

On moving-in day, receiving the keys from the new owners or landlord is important. This will give you access to your new home and allow you to unpack your items and settle in. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the keys are in good condition and that all security features are in place.

Take meter readings at the new property and notify utility companies

It is also important to take meter readings at the new property and notify the relevant utility companies. This will allow you to set up utilities and services in your new home and ensure that you don’t receive any bills for the previous occupant.

Set up beds/sofas etc., in the rooms they’re intended for first

Once you’ve taken meter readings and received the keys, it is important to begin unpacking. Start with setting up beds/sofas etc., in the rooms they’re intended for first. This will allow you to have a place to sleep and relax after a long day of moving and unpacking. Additionally, it will make the unpacking process much easier as you can unpack other items in each room while having somewhere comfortable to sit.

Final Thoughts

Moving can be daunting and stressful, but with the right preparation and planning, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Following the tips outlined above can ensure a smooth and successful house move. From handing over keys to new owners or landlords to taking meter readings at the new property and setting up furniture in the right rooms, these tips will help make your move a success.

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Nicole Sage is the founder of Sleek-chic Interiors and is a highly experienced interiors writer and skilled home renovator who has a passion for all things design. She has been featured as an authority at Pinterest, Ideal Home, Daily Mail and in countless other interviews. For 8 years, Nicole has written, observed key interior trends, renovated and undertaken interior short courses at the renown KLC school where she has gained her grounding interior design principles. With a keen eye for detail and a love of creativity, she shares her expertise on the latest interior trends, practical DIY tutorials, and styling inspiration to help others transform their homes into stunning spaces. With a commitment to delivering informative and engaging content, Nicole inspires and empowers readers to explore their own unique sense of style and create beautiful, personalised interiors. Contact her at for interiors advice, colour questions and any commentary.

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