There are a lot of things to do when moving house, particularly if you’re buying a home for the first time. Remembering to have the electricity connected is one of them! The first night in an unfamiliar house without lights may be a memory you want to avoid!

Without a home-buyers to-do list, especially in a private sale, you’re bound to forget something. The following buying a house checklist should help avoid oversights and keep the stress to a minimum, whatever your state and territory.


Super-simple buying a house checklist

Buying your first home: Contract of sale

The following are the top 10 things you need to remember to do when buying a house. This is our essential buying a house checklist.

Have you …

  1. Had a conveyancer or lawyer look over the contract and Form 1 before you sign or during your cooling off period? (We charge a fee for this service but rebate $50 if you proceed with the matter and engage us as your conveyancing lawyers.)
  2. Had appropriate clauses included in the Contract (e.g. subject to finance, building/pest inspection report, subject to sale/settlement of another property, final inspection before settlement)?
  3. Calculated the total fees based on your purchase price (i.e. stamp duty and registration fees, searches, adjustment or rates and taxes, conveyancing fees)?
  4. Paid your deposit to the real estate agent?
  5. Received pre-approval of finance (home loan) from your bank?
  6. Provided your real estate agent and conveyancer with the finance approval letter?
  7. Satisfied all contractual conditions, and have you advised the real estate agent and conveyancer?
  8. Advised your bank and real estate agent of your conveyancer’s details?
  9. Arranged building insurance for your new home?
  10. Obtained a Certificate of Insurance from your insurer and provided it to your conveyancer and bank?

After buying a house checklist: Settlement process & moving house checklist

Congratulations – you’re almost through the cooling off period and in possession of your new home. But before the sale is complete, there are a few more things you need to remember to do. Have a read through our after buying a house checklist:

Have you …

  1. Signed your mortgage documents with the bank?
  2. Signed your transfer documents with your conveyancer or property settlement lawyer (Adelaide)?
  3. Arranged for collection of the keys from the agent after settlement?
  4. Arranged movers?
  5. Given written notice to your landlord (if applicable)?
  6. Made a list of mail you receive for notifying change of address?
  7. Notified your power/gas company of the date you are moving?
  8. Notified your telephone company of the date you are moving?
  9. Notified your television service (Foxtel) for transfer (if applicable)?
  10. Arranged for care of your children/pets for the day you are moving?
  11. Arranged for redirection of your mail with Australia Post?
  12. Notified the following of your change of address:
    • Your bank/s
    • Electoral department
    • Motor vehicle registration department
    • Health insurance
    • Superannuation funds
    • Medical practitioners
    • Accountant
    • Tax office
    • Employer

We hope you found this buying a house checklist (and moving house checklist) helpful. This is an extremely exciting time for you and we want to make sure it goes without a hitch. 

Please be advised that e-Conveyancing is now mandatory in South Australia when buying a property. For further information please contact Anna on 8362 6400 or email Anna Pantelios. Alternatively, arrange a consultation with one of our experienced conveyancing and property lawyers Adelaide residents rely on. Join our mailing list to receive updates and advice on current issues.

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