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Moving into a new home can be both fun and stressful at times. With so much work leading up to the process, it’s no wonder that buyers can feel a bit fried the first couple of weeks in their new home. This week, we wanted to share some important things buyers can put on their to-do lists to make sure they don’t overlook these important steps. Let’s dive in:
Choose an Area to Finish
For many buyers, this is the key to staying sane while moving in. When you arrive at your empty home and it starts filling up with boxes, it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed. A great strategy is to pick an area or room that you’ll set up first, start to finish, so that you have at least one space that you can check off your list. It’s also a place you’ll be able to go if you need a break from the moving chaos. This might be an extra bedroom or half of the living room. It doesn't matter where the space is, but designating it when you first arrive can make the rest of the process feel a lot less stressful.
Check Your Windows and Doors
With winter approaching, homeowners should make sure their new home is efficient and safe. First, you’ll want to check all your windows and doors for signs of drafts or damage. If you find an issue, you can determine the best plan of action going forward. Though it seems like an easy to-do, if homeowners skip over it in the beginning, they may not get to it down the line. Along with checking for drafts and damage, many homeowners like to update their locks to ensure they feel totally secure in their new space.
You’re in a new house that might feel a bit unfamiliar for a few days or weeks. While you might have known your old home like the back of your hand, it’s important to get acquainted with some key things in your new home to keep you and your family safe in case of emergency. Homeowners should know where the fire extinguisher and the gas and water shut-off valves are and how to use them. It’s also important to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and give them a final test.
Protect Your Floors
Take advantage of this time where all your furniture will be moved to protect your floors. Any furniture going on hardwood should have protectors on the feet. Remember, as you set up your new home, you’ll likely be making small adjustments to your furniture placement to get it just right. Protective pads make things easier to move and they can save you from having to deal with scratches and damage down the line.
Are you planning to move anytime soon? Do you have a list started for your first few days in your new home? Getting prepared for this time can help you use it more effectively and make it a more enjoyable process. I’d love to hear what you think!