Five Tips for Starting Life Off Right in Your New Home
December 27, 2018
into a new home is an exciting time. You’ve got a new place that you
can transform into whatever you want, and a new neighborhood to explore. Perhaps
you’re moving into your first apartment after leaving your parents’ home, or
maybe this is the first house you’re getting with your family. No matter where
you’re going, a new home is exciting, but it’s also a little overwhelming. You
want to start off on the right foot so that the next few months of adjusting
are easier. Here are a few tips on how you can do this.
Do Renovations Early
First, if there are major changes you want to make to the
home, try to get these done early. Once you’re settled into the house, you’ll
find it harder to get larger projects completed. Rather than having to move all
the furniture out of the way, or moving the kids into another bedroom while you
renovate theirs, try to get these things done before you even move in.
renovations you might want to consider are: replacing floor tiles or
carpeting, painting the walls, making any major repairs, or adding any
additions to the house. This may delay your move in date a little, as you’ll
have to wait for the completed work, but it will be well worth it when your
home is how you want it and you don’t have to worry about changing it later.
Make the Move Easier
One of the most stressful parts of getting a new home is
simply moving into it. You need to find a way to pack up all your belongings, transport
them to your new home, then unload them. If you don’t take some precautions,
you will likely find that your moving experience becomes overwhelming, and this
is no way to start off life in your new home.
Luckily, there’s a few easy things you can do to make your
move simpler. For starters, hire good local movers. For
example, someone living in Santa Monica would want to hire someone from Santa
Monica, and not someone a few hours away. A good moving team will handle most
of the work for you and ensure that everything you own arrives safely at your
new location. In addition, since they live nearby, they will know the local
Beyond that, give yourself plenty of time. If you try to
pack everything up and move in just a day, you’re going to have a hard time.
Plan out everything you need to do in advance, then slowly work on things over
Finally, make sure you label everything when you’re packing
up. You’re going to have a lot of boxes, and if they all look the same,
unpacking the truck will be difficult. When you finish packing a box, grab a
marker and write which room it’s going to. This will make life easier for both
you and the movers.
Now that you’ve settled into the house a bit, go out and learn
the neighborhood. Introduce yourself to the neighbors, learn which
streets are around yours, and find out where all the local stores are. Take
some time to simply drive around and see what you find. Your hope is likely
that you’ll live here for a long time, so you might as well start getting to
know it. Try ordering out from different restaurants to see what you like or
taking the dog for a walk down different streets. Part of feeling at home is
feeling comfortable in your new neighborhood as well, so don’t keep yourself
shut up inside.
Throw a Party
A great way to start life off right in your new home is by
throwing a party. For one, parties are fun. You’ll always remember the first
party you had at your new home, and this will bring back fond memories. Parties
are also a great way to meet your neighbors, and to introduce your loved ones
to your new place. On top of all that, you may even get some house-warming
gifts, providing you with some much needed essentials for your new home.
Your move was likely expensive, so you don’t have to go all
out on the party. Keep it to close friends and family, maybe order a few
pizzas, and ask everyone to bring what they want to drink or some snacks. Add
some music or some party games and you’re good to go.
Make it Your Own
Finally, work on making your new home your own. This means
decorating it how you want, arranging the furniture in a way you like, and
doing whatever you want to the yard. This home is yours, and you should always
feel comfortable here. While it’s fine to get some home décor ideas from around
the Internet, make sure you are choosing things that you like, not what you
think you’re supposed to do or what you think others might like. This is your
home – treat it as such.