The First Home Buyer’s Guide to Moving House

Congratulations! You’re either thinking about buying, or you’ve already bought, your new home. In NSW, changes to the State Government’s stamp duty tax has made it more affordable for first home buyers to break into the property market. From 1 July, 2017 first home buyers will no longer have to pay stamp duty on new or existing homes up to $650,000. There will also be stamp duty discounts on homes up to $800,000.

So, what’s next?

  1. Get connected
    Where you already have amenities connected in your current home that won’t be the case in your new home. Internet providers are often booked weeks in advance so it might take them a while to get around to connecting your new home. Do your research and book well in advance so you don’t have to move into an internet-free home. Make sure your electricity is also connected before you move in.
  2. Get Packing
    The first step to moving into your new home is packing your existing one. It’s a good idea to start packing a few weeks before you plan on moving in so you don’t forget anything. You’ll also be able to take note of the things you don’t already have but need in your new home. To help you manage your packing, we’ve created a useful moving checklist.
  1. Change your details
    Change your address for postal deliveries, bills, banks and the electoral roll.
  2. Should you hire a removal van?
    It won’t take you long to realise you can’t fit a whole house worth of items into your car. Hiring a moving van or truck to transport your things is a popular option, but it’s important to consider that packing a van and furniture removal is something of an art, one that the experts know well. Professional movers are able to pack and load a removal truck without causing damage to your belongings.
  3. Have a plan for kids and pets
    Moving with children and pets carry their own unique challenges. It might be worth considering finding someone to mind them on moving day so you can focus your time and energy on getting things unpacked and where they need to be.
  4. Secure your things
    Security is important so you’ll need to change the locks to your doors and windows and consider other security measures to suit your needs. Home and contents insurance is something you’ll need to consider now that you own your very own home. It’s important to begin your insurance cover the day before you move in, that way you’re protected as soon as you step foot in the door with your very first moving box.
  5. Pack a first night bag
    Although you want everything to be unpacked and ready to go on your first night in your new house, it’s rarely the case. Pack an overnight bag with the things you’ll need to use on your first day and night in your home. Don’t forget the essentials such as phone chargers and a toothbrush.

Moving into a new house isn’t easy and you don’t have to do it alone. Friends and family might be able to chip in where they can, but it’s not always the best solution. Expert removalists such as the team at Grace can get you moved into your new home in no time.