Moving Home - The ultimate new home checklist


If you’ve recently bought a Cape Town home, you have many reasons to be excited. Moving to a new residential property gives you a fresh start with an exciting journey ahead of you.

With the proper planning in place - to help you avoid mishaps along the way, moving home can be a positive experience 

Read our new home checklist to find out how you can prepare for your relocation and make the transition to your new home safely and efficiently.


The weeks and months leading up to your move will be a busy time. With so many things to do in addition to your regular life and work commitments, preparing for a move can be a daunting task. 

One solution to this problem is to plan effectively and create a checklist of things you need to do before your moving day. 

  • If you’re currently renting, you’ll want to make sure that the property is in good condition and that any damages have been reported to the owner. This will help speed up the time between moving out and getting your rental deposit back.

  • If you’re selling your current home, you will need all the legal aspects of the sale in order. This includes accepting the buyer’s offer to purchase, initiating the transfer process, weighing up the benefits of placing your home in a trust and ensuring that your home is fully compliant by obtaining an electrical wiring and beetle certificates ahead of time

  • Research the lay of the land if you are moving cities or even suburbs say from a city slicker in Green Point to suburban bliss in Constantia. You’ll need a new grocery store, hairdresser and perhaps even a new doctor and dentist. Speak to the locals to find out who they use and where they shop.

  • Transfer all your utilities such as lights, water and phone and schedule installation for TV and Internet- no one likes to be moving into a dead zone!

Once you arrive at your new home

The excitement of moving into a new residential property can take over your thoughts for a few days as you settle in - but these essential tasks shouldn’t be put off. 

  • Change the locks. No matter how kind or trustworthy the former owner or tenant may be, it’s always best to be the only one with access to your home. You’ll rest easy knowing that you and your family are safe.

  • Secure your new home. If you already have a security system in place, don’t forget to call the security company to update your information as the new owner.

  • Unpack valuable items. Expensive and fragile items should be removed from boxes as soon as possible to prevent breakages and other damage.

  • Know where everything is. In the event of a burst pipe or electrical problem you need to know where the shot-off valve and DB board are, both inside and outside your home.

Still searching for the perfect Cape Town home for you and your family? Our team can help. Contact Cape Realty today for more information or to view our property portfolio. 

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