How to prepare for moving into a new build

When moving into a new build, you have the opportunity to create a home that is completely tailored to your preferences. However, you’ll want to be properly prepared in advance.

How to prepare to move house

As well as providing moving day tips , we’ve outlined the key ways you can prepare for moving house. So, read on and take note!

Plan ahead

Before you start packing, it's important to create a plan for your move. This should include a timeline of when you need to complete certain tasks, such as:

  • Notifying utility companies about your move.
  • Arranging for a home removal company to collect your things. 
  • Gradually packing up your belongings.

By creating a clear plan, you can avoid any last-minute panic, and ensure a smooth moving-in process.

Familiarise yourself with the floor plan

One (of the many) advantages of buying a new build home is that you’ll have access to your floorplan early on. Whereas, this isn’t always the case if you buy a traditional home.

This is really helpful for when you’re ordering furniture, or moving furniture and trying to see if your current L-shaped sofa (for example) will fit into your new living room.

Visit your new build before moving in

Also, try and visit your show home before you move in to get a sense of the layout and the space you have to work with. This will help you visually figure out where to place furniture and other items.

Notify people about your new address

Since you’ll be moving soon, and you have all the security that comes with a new build, you can prepare for moving house as everyone wants to – by sending your loved ones and neighbours your new address. You can also start redirecting mail to your new address closer to the time, to avoid mail arriving once you’ve moved out.

Invest in quality storage solutions

Moving into a new build is a great opportunity to declutter and get rid of any items you no longer need or want, and probably already features on your moving checklist. However, it's important to make sure you have good storage solutions (and plenty of them), for the items you do keep.

So, consider investing in quality storage solutions, such as built-in wardrobes or shelving units. This helps you make the most of the room in your home, without over-cluttering it, to begin with! In some Strata homes, built-in wardrobes are included in the master bedroom, offering a great storage space that is hidden away and blends seamlessly with the room.

Check the measurements

Before you start buying furniture or other items for your new home, you’ll need to check the measurements for each and every room. You can find the room dimensions on your floorplans. This helps you avoid buying items that are too large or too small for the space, and can also help you plan where you’ll be placing them.

Set a budget

When you prepare to move house, you’ll need to consider all the costs involved After all, moving into a new home – or any home - can be an expensive process. So, you should set a clear budget to aim for, and stick to it!

Create a quick budget based on:

  • Removals
  • Utilities
  • Furniture
  • Décor

And make sure you have enough money set aside to cover them all. This will make the process of moving in much easier in the long run. 

Get to know your neighbours beforehand

Moving into your new build home is also a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and build a sense of community. So, when you prepare for moving house:

  • Introduce yourself to your neighbours.
  • Sign up for any upcoming events or gatherings. 
  • Join the community Facebook group or other online communication channel
  • Use #MyStrataStory to find your neighbours on Instagram and chat to the wider Strata homeowner community.

Enjoy Strata community experiences

Also, when you buy a home from Strata, you have access to our personalised community experiences. This includes varied activities, with the aim for you to interact with people in the same position as you, as new build homeowners.

Enjoy everything from crafts making to dog walking, all you’ll need to do is find community events that interest you and sign up. This means you’re able to bond with the people living next door, or nearby – and even those living at different Strata developments located elsewhere!

Ask what the best internet provider is in your area

Ask your friends, family, and neighbours about the internet service providers they currently use (and would avoid) in your area. This gives you a first-hand account of the reliability and speed of the services they provide, and stops you from wasting money on a provider that isn’t as receptible for where you live.

And there you have it, our top preparation tips. By following these key steps, you can ensure a stress-free transition into your new build home. For more helpful articles like this one, read our other insights on our blog. You’ll be ready to move in no time.