It’s a toss-up for many people as to what part of the moving process they hate the most—getting packed or actually moving. A reputable moving company can relieve you of the packing. But for our money, it’s the unpacking that comes afterward. It’s actually a good idea to look at this, not as a chore, but as a chance to make your new home truly your own.
Here are ways to get settled into your new home so you can feel cozier and happier:
- Prioritize Your Unpacking — One of the best things you can do early on is prioritize all the boxes and rooms so that you start with essentials. We generally suggest a room-by-room approach at first, with the bedrooms being the starting point. (No one can unpack a house full of boxes without a good night’s rest!)
Then, move into the kitchen so you can start cooking as soon as possible and not have to worry about eating takeout pizza for a solid week. Next, move into the other rooms like bathrooms, den, and dining room. Save the least used areas like guest rooms and the garage for last.
- Clean — Now that you have a prioritized plan for what you are going to unpack (and in what order), there’s one thing you need to do first: clean everything! Once you start unloading boxes, it will be harder to get to those nooks and crannies in the corners. Instead, give everything including the walls and baseboards a thorough scrub-down before you start the actual unpacking process.
- Safety First — There are several tasks you need to complete to make sure your new home is safe and secure. First, change all the locks on the house. You have no idea how many people the previous owners may have given a key to. Change the locks to be safe.
By the same token, reprogram your garage door entry and other keypads in case the previous owner’s codes were compromised. Start fresh by changing the batteries and testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
If you don’t already have a fire extinguisher for the kitchen, now is the time to buy one. Start your life at the new home with peace of mind.
- Take Care of the Utilities — Before you move in, you are going to want to transfer all the utilities from your old home to your new one. Nothing could be worse during a move than to get to the new house and not have power or running water. While you are getting set up, don’t forget to also get the internet service turned on so you don’t have to stay offline.
- Personalize — One way to make the new house truly yours is to find a way to personalize it. Hang your personal pictures and decorations as soon as possible. If you are an outdoors type person, then consider planting a flower at the entry to your new home as a way of making it your own.
- Party — Finally, make this truly your own house by having a party with your friends. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a “housewarming party.” Just a cookout in the backyard or a potluck dinner can help you create your first memories with friends and family in your new home.
Besides Moving, Getting Settled Is the Most Important Aspect of Home Moves
Moving into your new home is a significant step in your life. The memories that you create early on will stay with you for years to come. If you are stressed out and not able to get unpacked quickly and orderly, then you could wind up with boxes stacked high for days or weeks. But by following these steps, you’ll be settled into your new home as soon as possible.
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