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Pitfalls of moving from one Home to Another Home

Updated on March 15, 2013

Beware of these pitfalls

You have sold your home and have bought another one, whether you are upgrading to a larger home or downsizing will make no difference as to what has to be done.

Now it is time to pack and get ready for the BIG move to your new home.  You need to know what you have to do legally when shifting out of your old home and into your new home.

Things to Consider before moving


The settlement date has been decided so we need to organize everything else. Apart from packing you have other things to arrange.

The current regulations require buyers to inspect their new homes and check all appliances in the home before finalization of sale.

  • Do the inspection of all your taps, check all electric power points to make sure they work, flush toilets and really look at the home you are buying or you will have to pay for these repairs after you move in.
  • White ant and pest control inspection- You need to organize and pay for this inspection to be done. Some areas are more susceptible to these problems than others.
  • Moving date is normally the morning after day of settlement – out by midday
  • Pre-book the removal truck for an early start sometimes things do go wrong so give yourself a bit of extra time
  • Key exchange can be organized through your current estate agent , you need to know where to leave and pick up keys.
  • When selling your home carpet cleaning is not compulsory – this applies only to rental homes.
  • Everyone should clean and wash out all of their cupboards and generally clean and vacuum your old home before moving out.
  • 2 days before move, confirm date of removal truck.
  • Be packed and ready with a cup of coffee for the removalist.

Keep your kettle and coffee facilities ready on hand before moving and for arrival at new home- you will need it if things do not go as smoothly as hoped

If everyone did these few commonsense things it would result in a smooth changeover from one home to another without any frustration or trauma from either the seller or the buyer.

Conclusion – my personal experience – we trusted these people-In their defence they did have medical problems.

There is nothing worse than cleaning your own home and then when you arrive at your new home to find that you have to start all over again and vacuum and clean and wash all skirting boards etc, before the removalist can even start moving your valued possessions and furniture into your new home.

Kitchen cupboards – these were full of mouse shit.  I could not believe it.  After all the work I had put in cleaning our kitchen cupboards before we left. I had to start cleaning again.

Toilet system leaks – this would not have been seen on inspection

Plumbing drains- these are partially blocked.

Tiles leak water in shower – This is not something that you would see on inspection.

So as a trusting person I have to say that it does not always pay to trust to your feelings.  The Inspection is there for a reason – to protect the prospective buyer – as you are the buyer then take advantage of this ruling.  Believe me- for warned is for armed.


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      Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      tparkin, yes we should all have an inspection done in hindsite. But I have always wanted to trust people and you cant do that these days

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      tparkin68 6 years ago

      Get a PDI inspection. I found a great article at


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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      nell rose, oh he was very lucky, and the previous owners were very generous. There are some really nice people out there so we still need to think positive and hope for a good result. thanks for stopping by.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, my brother recently moved and luckily it was spotless as they had renovated everything just a few weeks before, they even left him some chocolates and flowers! that was really lucky, sorry you had so much trouble, cheers nell

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      cindyvine thanks for commenting I know what you mean we were lucky nothing broken so that was a bonus, thanks

      lillygrillzit, Moving is a good way of reducing your stuff although my husband hates parting with his, but thats life. Thanks

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      beats me, that is so true, we are getting sorted out now. lot of work makes you wonder if it is worth it . but we be right in few weeks time I hope thanks for commenting.

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      BeatsMe 7 years ago

      Moving is hard. Aside from the fact that you'll miss your old home, there are just so many hassles. But sometimes, we just don't have any choice. Useful hub. :)

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, Yes that is why I havent been writing very much lately. And I miss the interaction too. This is our 14th time we have bought or sold a house and have never had any problems before. But I suppose that is life. thanks for stopping by.

      BKCreative, Yes we have never had to do this inspection testing thing in all the times we have sold before. But times are a changing I reckon so we have to do it. I still think we can trust but sometimes like this time I stuffed up. Oh well we are here now and getting on with life. What a job especially when you have to shift a ton of glass. thanks for commenting.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh yes, always the inspection. What a job moving is and you don't want to move to problems. No matter how much downsizing I have done over the years, there is always so much to do - and even when you get there. Whew!

      Thanks for the list with good reminders.

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      Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Eileen! Guess this is why we have not heard from you in a while. Hope things get better for you and you will not have to spend a ton of money 'fixing' things that can't be seen upon inspection. I can't stand the process of moving. I seem to lose so many things for one reason or another. My previous home, 7 years, I was renting and it was foreclosed on. Currently, 3 years, still renting. However, I like it here. And I hope you will enjoy your new place as well. Welcome Back!! Voted/rated.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Moving is a love / hate thing. In these later years, I find I am happy to quit having so much stuff. Each time I go, I am disposing, giving away, and bartering more Stuff. Thank you for writing this Hub

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      I've reached the stage where I'm tired of moving now. Everytime i move, I end up with smashed glass of paintings.