The sale is going ahead, your residential settlement through C&R Settlements is locked in, so now it’s time to think about the practicalities of moving house.

For anyone who has moved house before, you know how stressful it can be.  It’s considered one of the most stressful events you can go through in your life, so we’ve created a helpful list to ease your stress and allow you to be organised through this transition into your new home.

Declutter your cupboards

This is the perfect time to go through all your possessions and start afresh. You don’t want to pay to move items you no longer need or like, so be brutal. Create three piles: keep, donate and throw out and pack non-essential items as you go. Think about donate to your local charity shop or consider passing on old sheets and bedding to an animal rescue centre.

Book a moving company

Now you’ve cleared out your clutter, you’ll have a better idea of how many belongings you want to take to the new house. This is important, as when you book your moving company, they will probably ask you for an estimate of how many items you’ll be moving.

Change your details with relevant services

Once the contract regarding the purchase of your home has been settled, your conveyancer will send a notice of acquisition to authorities to let them know you are the new owner of the land. It’s important to remember that you have to arrange for the connection or disconnection of utility services to your residences (electricity, gas, telephone/ internet).

Take some time to think about who to notify. If you’re moving to a suburb far away from your current residence, you may also need to register with a new doctor, dentist or school (if necessary). Other’s you may need to contact could include:

  • Your employer
  • Utility companies
  • GP
  • Dentist
  • Phone and internet providers
  • Bank(s)
  • Electoral role
  • Insurance providers (including pets, car and travel insurance)

Packing timeline

Start seriously packing about a fortnight out from moving day. Mark up your boxes clearly so they are easy to identify and it’s easy for the removalists to take them to the right room in the new house.

Leave the fridge and freezer until just a day or so before you move. Remember to check the roof cavity for extra belongings.

Do you have children or pets to consider?

Arrange for someone to watch both the children and your pets if possible. This will leave you free to focus on the task at hand, without worrying about little people or Fido getting in the way.

Keep your valuables safe during the move

Keep important documents, paperwork and jewellery in a safe place so there is no chance they can be misplaced on moving day.

Once the house is empty

Take the opportunity to give you house one last check. Look through all the cupboards, in the roof space, in the garage and any sheds on the property.


Once you have moved out, you may need to return to your previous home to complete a final clean up. Don’t forget to leave all keys for the new owners, including the keys to any sheds, interior doors, security screens and windows – and the letterbox if it has a lock.


Once you have unpacked, it’s time to relax and enjoy your new property.

Not quite there yet?

No matter what stage you are in your purchasing journey, a residential settlement undertaken without proper guidance, knowledge or experience can leave you blindsided by a host of delays, expenses and even potential loss of ownership.

Enjoy a stress-free real estate transaction with the right Perth settlement professionals in your corner. As settlement agents who specialise in residential property, we do the legwork to transfer ownership of property from seller to buyer. Our experienced team has successfully completed over 50,000 settlements to date.

With the legal qualifications and experience of our management team, we can settle even the toughest cases with a minimum of fuss. In fact, we’re the go-to property experts many lawyers trust with their conveyancing work – our settlement quotes are reasonable, and our service is excellent.

Contact us today for a Perth settlement quote and let us help you move into your dream home.