It’s finally happened. You’ve moved in. And inside all those boxes is the beginning of your new life in your beautiful new home. It’s exciting, but there are so many things to do – where do you start? Luckily for you, we’re here to help. Here are a few things to do when moving into a new home.
Do a Deep Clean
Take advantage of the clean slate and go for a deep clean. Starting fresh moving from room to room and getting those places that are hard to detect when the curtains and furniture are all in place. Here are some ideas of where you should start and what you should be cleaning.
Double-Check your Utilities
You’ve transferred or connected your utilities services to your new home before you moved. But now’s the time to check to make sure everything’s in working order. This includes cable, water, Internet, gas and electricity. Check out this helpful guide to transferring your utilities.
Check out the Local Market
It’s a good idea to check out the local grocery store or market to get a few staples. With a house full of hungry family and friends helping you with your move, you’ll want a fridge full of cold beverages and snacks. Don’t forget the paper plates and napkins while you’re there! Here are some easy moving day suggestions for feeding yourself and your movers.
It’s easier to paint before you unpack everything. It saves you time from moving things around and throwing drop clothes over everything. Start painting soon after you move in. Choosing the perfect colour for each room will make your new house feel like your home. Here are some great tips to help you get your painting started.
Put all the Boxes in the Right Room
You don’t have to unpack everything immediately, but by moving the boxes to their proper rooms will make things a lot easier in the long run. Luckily for you you’ve clearly labeled all the boxes before the big day. Before the movers leave, inspect your belongings to ensure everything made it safely off the truck.
What to Unpack First
Sure, you have a lot of boxes. So where to start? Unpack the three most essential rooms first, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The rest can wait. You’re going to need to have your kitchen up and running as soon as possible, so this room should always come first. The next is to make your bed. You’ll appreciate doing this early after a long day of moving and unpacking!
This is key to settling into your new home. You won’t want to tackle all the windows at once, but do try to cover the essential rooms. When it gets dark you don’t want everyone in the neighbourhood to see you and all your belongings. If you haven’t decided on the right window treatments yet, simply use a sheet or two until you have time to design. Here are some great tips on how to hang curtains properly.
Meet the Neighbours
Get outside and take a breather as the day progresses. If you happen to see one of your new neighbours make a point of saying hello and introducing yourself. Your neighbours will be looking forward to meeting you. Once you’re all settled in, here are some easy ways to get to know your new neighbours.
Congratulations on your new home! Remember, you don’t have to do everything at once, take some time for yourself and savour every moment of this exiting new chapter in your life!