10 Essential Items for Moving House

Moving house, especially into your first house or first unfurnished house, is a fantastic experience. You are finally striking out on your own, and have a place that is completely your own – but with that move comes a whole lot of expenses that you never thought you’d encounter and items that you never thought you’d need. Here is a basic list of what you will need to help make this experience easier.

1.    Yellow Pages

This is essential even before you move into your new place. Looking up movers, seeing what secondhand shops are near your place and looking into hiring services for Utes and moving trucks are all essential for moving house.

Ensure that you don’t go straight for the biggest glossiest advertisement; ask people for quotes before agreeing to anything. A few extra phone calls could end up saving you a lot of money.

Also use this chance to look up plumbers and electricians in your area; it’s always handy to have a list of those numbers handy on the fridge in case of emergency.

2.    Flat head and Phillips Head Screwdriver

These are especially important items if you decide on Ikea, a store frequented by those moving in to a new place. Even if you decide to look at second hand stores rather then Ikea, you will find that even simple items like fans often require screwdrivers to assemble them.

3.    Cleaning products

However well you’ve inspected a place beforehand, or what the landlord and real estate agent tell you, the place will never be as clean as you expect it to be. Cleaning the place when you move in also makes it seem more your own – now the mess you make will be all yours, and not left over from the old tenants.

There are cleaning products which you will need that you take for granted – dishwashing liquid or dishwasher tablets, shower cleaners and floor cleaners. Fabric cleaners are one that often falls off the list, but will become extremely important if you have friends sleeping over on your couch.

4.    Cooking implements (pots, pans and trays)

Cooking on a student budget is always a balancing act, but the more items you have the more options you give yourself and the cheaper your grocery shopping will become. Shop around before purchasing; grocery stores may seem like an obvious option but they are often much more expensive. The big chain stores like Target, Kmart and Big W often have the same items but noticeably cheaper and often in larger starter packs.

Try to beg, borrow or steal these items from your family members. Ask your parents to check with their friends to see if anyone has any trays or pots around for you.

5.    Tape measure

This will come in handy when you are purchasing the big items, like your fridge, desk, bed and microwave. Some houses or apartments can have very small spaces for these items, and you usually don’t get a chance to return once you have bought them.

Write down all the measurements of the place and keep them around for reference. Also measure all the doors in and out of the place, because if it can’t fit through the door, you’re really stuck.

6.    Cutlery (spoons, knives, forks)

This seems obvious, but it can quickly slip off the list and then you find yourself drinking cereal out of a mug.  Shop around and try to buy in bulk, picking up a few stray items at the grocery store can seem like enough, but it never will be. Starter packs are often available, and can contain items like steak and butter knives, which are usually sold separately at double the cost.

7.    The Condition Report (yes it is provided for you by the agent, but make sure you take this very seriously)

The condition report that you originally fill in will become your only guarantee of getting your bond back in full. Note down everything; every single mark. The small red line on the door might not mean much to you, and might seem tedious to write down, but it could cost you at the end. Check every corner, and every item in that house. Where are the scratches, how deep are they, what colour are they? Go through everything in complete and full detail – it’s time consuming yes, but the money you save will be worth the time.

8.    Fan

There are very few rental properties that have air conditioning installed and there’s nothing worse then trying to sleep when you’re hot and sweaty. You will probably need a few – one for the bedroom and another for communal areas like the lounge room or kitchen.

9.    Light Bulbs

There will be several of these missing when you first move into the house, at least in most places. If you happen to be lucky and have them all in place then it still doesn’t hurt to have spares prepared. Check the light fittings carefully before buying and check out the watts that you want before buying.

10.    Towels

Not just your towels for showering, but tea towels, hand towels and bath mats are essential. These are not just for your own comfort, but they play an important role in making the house feel more like your own. Try and make sure they look similar – it looks more impressive when the landlord comes to inspect the place, and brings the house together.

If you get these items organized, along with the larger items like a fridge, bed and microwave, you’ll find that the household will come together quickly and easily. The most important step in setting up your house will be forward planning, start hunting for these items ahead of time – look at sales and drop hints around Christmas and your birthday.  Parents are usually happy to provide, especially when you seem so organized!

The most important thing to remember is that no matter how stressful, or financially demanding moving can be, it’s still an amazing feeling to look around your fully furnished house and know that it is all yours.

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