Moving to a new home can be both exciting and stressful.

HERE'S SOME TIPS TO HELP COVER THE BASES:

CONNECTING UTILITIES:

  • Make sure that you have disconnected or taken your name off all accounts (gas, electricity, water, the lease) at your previous address. If you don’t do this you can still be charged for it. 
  • Ring each utility company (gas, water, electricity etc) and ask them about how to get connected and how much it will cost. Shop around to get the best price.
  • Make sure you give the utility company your healthcare card, so you can benefit from the winter concession.
  • Ask about Easy-Way payments, this allows you to make a fortnightly contribution to your utility account rather than paying a big bill every three months. 
  • Avoid getting a home phone, pre-paid phones are cheaper and you have complete control over how much money you spend.

To set up a house you need the basics, somewhere to put your food, something to cook your food in, somewhere to sleep, somewhere to store your clothes, stuff to keep you warm, dry you off and entertain you. 
Think of what you need to set up each room of your house

  • Kitchen: Fridge, plates, cups, cutlery, pots and pans, utensils to cook with and eat with, containers to store food, tea-towels to dry dishes. Most houses will have an oven, so you won’t need a toaster, kettle or microwave right away. 
  • Lounge Room: Couch or chair to sit on, TV and TV unit, coffee table. 
  • Bathroom: Towels, face washer and soap. 
  • Laundry: Washing machine (not a necessity as coin laundries still operate), washing detergent, cleaning tools such as brooms, vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket.
  • Bedroom: Bed and/or mattress, draws and/or wardrobe, bedside table, sheets, doona and doona cover, blankets, pillows.