The Ultimate NZ Moving House Checklist [Part 12]

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Last Updated January 2, 2021

After Moving Day 

It’s time for you to make your new place feel like home. Once done, it’ll no longer feel like you’re camping. 

The good news is that unpacking is much faster than packing. 

86. Continue Unpacking

Use your inventory list to prioritise your unpacking, and tidy away cardboard boxes for recycling as you get the job done.


Unpack photos and personal items — displaying them around the house will start to make your new house feel a bit more like your old home.

87. Set Up Your Wifi Network

You’ll chew through your mobile data plan if you delay setting up your wifi network much longer. It may not be your favourite task but it needs to be done. Hire an IT specialist if you need help.

88. Say Hello to Your Neighbours

They may be waiting for you to settle in before they introduce themselves. So if you’ve not yet met, drop by to say hello. They’ll probably have answers to any questions you have about your new neighbourhood.

89. Change the Locks

Reduce your risk of burglary — have a locksmith replace the locks and provide you with new keys (and spares) for your home.

90. PaperWork

If you’re changing dentists and doctors, arrange to get copies of your medical records from your previous family doctor and dentist. And register with your new local GP and dental practice as soon as you are able.


If you’ve got pets and have moved to a completely new area, you’ll need to find a new vet. Your previous vet may have a recommendation, but so too might your neighbours.


You’ll need to get new name tags with updated address details for their collars. Pets that are microchipped and registered are more likely to be found — so make sure that their microchip records are updated.


The New Zealand Companion Animal Register allows you to update the contact details for your pet online, by email, or by calling 0800 LOSTPET 8.30am–5pm weekdays.


And now that you’ve moved, you should update your driver’s licence and vehicle ownership details. The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) allows you to do this online.

91. Plan a Housewarming Party!

Congratulations — you made it!


Organise a housewarming party and invite your friends. Don’t forget anyone who helped you with the move, new neighbours, and (if you’ve changed jobs or offices) your new workmates.


Did I Miss Anything?

So there you have it, a step-by-step guide for making your next house move as painless as possible. And a reminder to click here for a printable PDF of this guide.

Now I’d like to hear what YOU have to say:

Which of these tips did you find most helpful?

Or maybe I didn't mention a tip you'd like to share?

Either way, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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About the Author

Jeremy Templer has moved numerous times. To date, 25 times in seven cities & five countries.


As a result, he's learned many lessons about how to make moving as painless as possible. He shares his tips here.

Jeremy Templer


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