You could be moving into a new home because you’re up-sizing or downsizing, going through a divorce or you’re relocating to a new city. Moving into a new place can fill you up with dread and anxiety because you’re leaving your comfort zone and moving into unfamiliar territory. But once you embrace it, you can see it as a fresh, new start and a blank canvas that you get to paint.
Here are 10 tips for moving into your new house.
Call on friends
You could find yourself feeling overwhelmed and might not know where to start. Get a bunch of your friends to come help you. It’ll make the task more bearable. A few hands are better than one. Unpacking can be very time-consuming and extra help will lighten your workload. Having your friends around to help you will provide you with comfort and a sense of ease through this stressful time.
Before you move your furniture and dishes you should clean your house thoroughly because previous owners aren’t obligated to clean it when they move out. Scrub the walls, vacuum the floors and wipe the exterior and interior of your cabinets. If you feel like it’s going to be too much work, you can hire cleaning professionals that’ll leave your house looking squeaky clean.
Childproof your new home
If you have a toddler, make sure you childproof your home, so your child will be safe. Install safety latches on all your cupboards and drawers to protect your children from anything that could harm them.
When you unpack your boxes, decide on the things that should stay and what should go. Don’t clutter your new home with items you won’t need. Sell, donate or throw away anything you don’t need. If you haven’t worn that red suede jacket or used those snakeskin boots in years, why don’t you consider giving them away to someone who’ll need them? Or you could even sell them.
When your home is still bare, it’s the perfect opportunity to do a few touch ups. You might hate the burgundy carpet in the lounge or the colour of your bathroom sets and may want to change them. If your budget allows, you can renovate your home just before you move in.
Get to know your neighbours
It’s important when you enter a new area to acquaint yourself with the neighbours. It’ll give you a sense of belonging and ease when you feel connected to the people in your neighbourhood. Your neighbours will give you fresh insight about the area. They may have lived there for years and know which areas are safe and what parts are dangerous. For example, there may be a park nearby that’s unsafe. And who knows, you may just need to ask your neighbour for a cup of sugar.
It’s a lot easier to paint an empty room because you don’t have to move furniture around and take down curtains which can be time-consuming. Your new place is a blank canvas and you can decorate it the way you want.You can use bold bright colours that’ll draw a lot of attention or choose soft, calming hues to create a harmonious feel.
If you want to change the way your walls look or there are stains and cracks you can’t seem to get rid off, why not put up wallpaper to cover them. Wallpapers come in all shapes and patterns. You could go dramatic with a bold leopard print or soft with floral patterns and that’ll change the look and feel of a room. If you use wallpaper in a room, make sure you keep the rest of the decor simple so it’s not too busy.
You need to change the locks on all the exterior doors to put your family’s safety first. You don’t know who else has access to keys for your house and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Call a locksmith before you move in and ask him to put in new looks in the doors.
When you’re moving into a new place, you need to make sure that you inform people of your new address. Those you need to inform could range from your family, friends to your credit card company. Otherwise, if you don’t, all your important documents with vital information will still go to your old address. Identity theft is a huge problem and you don’t want your documents to end up in the wrong hands.
Moving into a new home can be taxing emotionally and financially. But if you plan it out ahead of time and rope in help you could get the job done quickly and without a lot of hassle.