Get settled into your new home with these tips
There are countless things to think about getting accomplished when you move into your new house. While some items may be more obvious than others, here is an easy checklist of tips and what needs to get done as you plan.
First, set up the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home and is where everyone can sit and gather and is where your important meals are had. Set up the kitchen as one of the first rooms even if you intend on eating out a lot while getting settled.
Clean before unpacking
There is no better time to clean the home than before you unpack any of your things. If you cannot do a deep clean yourself, hire a professional to assist you.
You might have a good idea of how you want to arrange things from when you first previewed the home, but if you are not sure then you can either set it up like your previous home or check the listing photos and follow how the seller had it. Nothing is set in stone and you can always adjust things after living in it for a bit.
Things can get crazy after you leave the closing. You will have all of your closing documents along with others that you collect as you deal with movers and the like. Keep a folder with everything all together so that nothing gets lost and can be filed away appropriately when you move in.
Change locks and codes
Soon after you move in you should arrange to have the locks changed as you don’t know who may have copies from the previous owners. Change or reset any other codes such as garages or any keypads too.
Utilities and Address
Ideally you will want to transfer your utilities and change your address prior to moving but if not do it immediately. This is also a good time to make sure you schedule any other services you may need such as lawn care, pool care, security system, etc.
Identify important panels, shutoffs and extinguishers
You don’t want to navigate through the dark trying to find the circuit panel or scramble to find the water shut off should there be a plumbing problem. Get familiar with the location of all important controls and panels for the home as soon as you move in.
Test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for proper function. This can be a good time to replace all of the batteries and get yourself on an annual maintenance cycle.
Comfort kids and pets
A move can be exciting for kids but can come with some unsettling moments. Get your children involved in fun activities like selecting paint colors and furniture placement for their own rooms. Get their assistance with unpacking their belongings too so they know where things are. Pets can be more of a challenge as you cannot inform them what is happening. Avoid washing their toys and beds so they retain their scent and place these items in the home prior to letting them in so they have the familiarity.
Walk or bike around
Taking a walk or biking around the neighborhood is a great way to not only check out the nearby parks and businesses but can also help you meet the neighbors. Introduce yourself, family members and even your pets.
Celebrate and relax
Finally, once you have taken care of all of the essentials then take a break to enjoy your new home and relax. Maybe it can be opening a bottle of wine in your new kitchen or enjoying your favorite take out on your back deck. It is now yours!