A first timer's guide to moving house

Moving out of home for the first time is exciting, but the paperwork, financials and logistics of making it happen? Not so exciting. In between getting together enough cash to furnish your place to finding enough moving boxes, moving out of home for the first time can be a little tricky to navigate. Follow these tips and you’ll be settled into your pad in no time.

Prove yourself

Nothing beats the feeling of finding the rental of your dreams after spending your weekends lining up at house inspections. But to be able to sign a lease you’ll need multiple forms of identification, so ensure you have a passport, driver’s licence or a keypass identity card on hand to be able to prove your identity and make that place yours.

Save, don’t spend

In the lead up to moving house for the first time, it can be tempting to spend up big on fun things you’ve always dreamed of owning. Before you splash out and buy that vintage pinball machine on eBay, ensure that you’ve got a good financial buffer to see you through the first few months of living out of home. Moving can be expensive, with removalist’s fees, bond payments, and your first taste of electricity and internet bills hitting your wallet where it hurts. Ensure you have extra money up your sleeve to cover any incidentals. The pinball machine (while a worthy addition to any household) can wait.

Prepare a battle plan

Don’t underestimate the amount of preparation needed to move house. Making clear to-do lists and sharing responsibilities between your flatmates makes moving manageable. While it may seem easier to just ignore the preparation stage and fly by the seat of your pants, it’s a bigger job than you might realise…yet. Avoid the stress, get together with your mates and allocate tasks to ensure that no one is left handling everything. While you’re at it, allocate someone with the responsibility of organising your house warming party so you have something to look forward to.

Make a list (and check it twice)

Once you’ve allocated your tasks, prepare a moving house checklist and cross-check each activity off the list once it’s organised. Moving Services is a good resource for first time movers. Your moving house checklist should include:

  • Booking a moving van and/or removalists
  • Gathering a crew to help with packing and unpacking
  • Sourcing moving boxes, packing tape, padding and labels
  • Updating your address on your driver’s licence and with your bank, the ATO, your superannuation organisation and on the electoral roll 
  • Paying the bond and collecting the keys fro