Pre-Move Checklist: 10 Things To Do Before Moving Into Your New Home

If only real life could be just like the movies and our belongings could magically appear in our new homes with a snap of our fingers. Unfortunately, for the majority, moving is typically a hectic and exhausting process. Thankfully, with proper planning and the breaking down of this process into smaller tasks, moving can become less of a chore. You'll now be able to fully rejoice in the excitement and joy of beginning a new chapter in your life. 

To help make moving a less stressful process for you, we've compiled a pre-move checklist for you, comprising of 10 important things to do before you move into your new home!

Pre-move checklist: 

  1. Decide on your moving company 
  2. Mark the date
  3. Start sorting out your belongings
  4. Purchase your packing supplies
  5. Put a pause on your groceries for now
  6. Purchase your furniture
  7. Arrange a little staycation for your pets and children
  8. Update your address
  9. Get your internet sorted
  10. Give your home a thorough clean 


1. Decide on your moving company 

Moving company staff moving wooden frame into moving truck

Moving is a huge process and one that can be incredibly stressful, due to the seemingly never-ending list of things that you'll have to take care of. In Singapore, it's extremely common to hire a professional mover, to help you out with this process. Hiring a professional mover is also a great way to reduce some of the stress associated with moving as you'll have the help of experts to take some weight off your fingers. 

Do some research online or via talks with your family and friends, to narrow down a couple of moving companies that you could potentially hire. After getting their quotes and consultations with them, narrow down your options and make your final choice. 

For tips on how to choose a moving company in Singapore, head to this article: 5 things to look out for when choosing a moving company in Singapore

2. Mark the date 

Calendar placed on table

Now that you've figured out which moving company you're going to be working with, it's now time to decide on your moving date. Figure out the best date that works for you, and make sure it works for your moving company as well. Do note that most moving companies will request for a downpayment to hold your chosen date and time. 

For those who are moving in or out of a private apartment or condominium, you'll probably have to give your building's management prior notice (note: required notice periods differ between different management companies so it's best to do your research beforehand) and attain a permit from them, after you've submitted your completed form. Most condos also usually don't allow residents to move in or out on the weekends, though others may allow moving on Saturdays until 1pm (note: do check with your management as every building has different rules and regulations). Some condos may also require a refundable security deposit, in case any damage is caused to the lifts and common shared areas. Lastly, it would also be good to find out if there's a need to apply for parking access for your moving company's vehicle(s), as you don't want to be stuck in a situation where your movers are denied entry by your security guards. 

3. Start sorting out your belongings 

Lady sorting out her belongings on the floor

Start going around your house and going through your belongings. Sort out the items that you're going to keep, and start clearing those that don't make the cut for your new home  yes, even those "what-ifs" that you've not touched in the last 3 years.

Categorise these unwanted items and decide which items can be given to your friends and family, which items you want to donate and lastly, which items you're going to discard. 

4. Purchase your packing supplies 

Packing supplies like bubble wrap and carton boxes

Now that you've sorted out your belongings, it's a good time to start purchasing your packing supplies so that you can kickstart the packing process. While some (albeit few) moving companies provide free moving boxes, most don't. This means that you'll probably have to purchase your own moving boxes. You'll definitely also need some tape, bubble wrap, fragile stickers and box cutters. It might also be a good idea to get a marker or some labels, so that you can label your moving boxes and be aware of what's inside each box! 

Kickstart the packing process process by packing the items that you're not going to need in the near future (e.g holiday decorations, photo albums, books). Categorise your items by the rooms they're meant for, so that you'll have an easier time when unpacking your boxes and trying to get settled in. 

Before you start throwing everything into your boxes, it's also good to double check that you've not accidentally packed your essential supplies and necessities (e.g phone charger, laptop, clothes, toothbrush). While you could certainly start packing your clothes at this point, you would want to make sure that you have sufficient sets of clothes to last until you've settled into your new home. 

5. Put a pause on your groceries for now 

Groceries in fridge

When moving into a new home, it's always nice to start fresh and on a clean slate. Try using up the existing food  fresh ones in particular  in your fridge and pantry. You might also want to refrain on buying groceries for the time being  essentials excluded. 

You probably won't have to worry too much about your dry food (e.g instant noodles, flour, sugar, pasta) as these tend to have a longer shelf life, so they'll probably last for a couple more months. However, that being said, it would also be a great idea to look through the expiry dates of your dry goods as well as your condiments, to get rid of anything that has already expired or try to finish up anything that's expiring soon. 

Most importantly, this step will also help to reduce the amount of items that you'll have to bring over to your new home, so you have one less thing to worry about on the actual day! 

6. Purchase your furniture 

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You can't live in an empty house without any furniture. Start shopping for your furniture early, so that they can arrive in time for your big move.

At HipVan, we're able to hold your order for up to 3 months from the date your items arrive in our warehouse. For furniture orders, you'll be able to choose any delivery date within 3 months from the date your order will be ready for delivery. If you need to hold your order for more than 3 months, feel free to write in to wecare@hipvan.com and we'll see what we can do for you!

7. Arrange a little staycation for your pets and kids

Lady sitting on sofa with 2 children

For those with pets and younger children, it might be a good idea for you to arrange a little staycation for them. Moving can be an extremely stressful and tiring process for your pets and children. You'd probably also appreciate not having them around during the move either, so you can direct your full attention and energy towards the moving process.

Speak to your friends and family to see if they can help to take care of your pets and kids for a couple of days, before the big move and on the actual move-in day itself!

8. Update your address 

Letter with address placed on table

Before your official move, it would be a great idea to update your registered postal address for all of your relevant services, subscriptions and memberships. This would be a good step to take a couple of weeks before you hand over the keys of your old home, so that you won't have to make a trip back to collect your mail. 

A week or two before you officially move into your new home, you might want to either drop by your neighbourhood police post or go online onto SingPass to update the residential address listed on the back of your identity card (IC). While you just need to ensure that your residential address has been updated within 28 days of moving, it's always good to get these little administrative things out of the way ASAP, so you can have one more task checked off your checklist. 

9. Get your internet sorted  

iPhone with wifi

Wi-Fi is a true necessity in our current digital age. It's basically impossible to function in our modern society without them. It'd be good to get it sorted out a couple of days before your official move, so that it's ready to go on your first official day in your new home. 

10. Give your home a thorough clean

Lady cleaning toilet

This applies to both your new and old homes. It'd be a good idea to give your new home a thorough and deep clean before moving in, so that you can start unpacking immediately and have your furniture placed on clean surfaces. This way, cleaning up after the movers have left will be a much quicker process, and one that's easier since you won't have to move your furniture around while trying to deep clean your home.

Don't forget about your old home though! It won't reflect well on you if you're handing over a filthy home. Schedule a day to give your old home a thorough clean (or hire a professional cleaning company), before you hand over the keys to the new owners or tenants. 

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