Buying a house is always an achievement, especially when it’s your first home. It’s also a huge investment in time, effort, and money. You don’t just have to fork out the money for a deposit and get a mortgage, but you also have to pay all of the administrative fees. That’s not even getting into the logistics and the effort it takes to move into the new home.
Unfortunately, your work isn’t done just yet. However, the weeks after moving into your new home can be just as exciting as moving in. While you can’t relax, you can spend this time settling in and putting your stamp on your new home.
The unpacking work should ideally start as you’re moving in. When you pack boxes back at your old home, it’s a good idea to mark the boxes with the contents and, more importantly, the room they should end up in. This means that when you move things into your new home, you can put everything in its rightful place.
True, everything might not end up in its assigned room for one reason or another, but if most things are delivered near to where they should be, then it will save you a lot of time when it comes to unpacking.
First, put your furniture in the right place. If something was disassembled, then this is the time to put it back together. Once the large furniture is where it should be, you can see your home take shape.
Then it’s time for the boxes. Start in the necessary rooms, like the kitchen and bathroom, so that you can use those rooms when you need to. You can then move on to the rest of the house. If you have older children, they can unpack their own rooms. Ideally, this shouldn’t take more than a day or two.
The Big Clean
When you move into a property, it’s expected that things will get dirty. Ideally, it should have been cleaned before you moved your belongings in, but you will likely have to do another spring clean once your furniture is in position. This is because people have been walking in and out of the house to move things in.
Like the unpacking, start the big clean in the rooms that you use the most, then move on from there. Once things are clean and in their place, you can feel comfortable and settled.
Refurbishment and Repairs
In some cases, your new home won’t need any repairs or refurbishment before you can settle in, but you may have to do some work to bring it to your preferred standard. If possible, get big projects and refurbishments sorted before you move in. This will make the work easier and you won’t have to live on a building site.
This is also a good time to tackle exterior work to make the house suit your needs. For example, if you don’t have off-road parking, then getting a driveway installed will keep your car safer and more convenient to get to.
Securing Your New Home
One of the most important aspects of a home is that you feel safe. You should act to secure your home as quickly as possible. First, contact a mobile locksmith to get your locks changed. The previous homeowner should have handed their keys in, but some people don’t. Even if you can trust them, other previous residents could have easily gotten a key. The only way to be sure is to change the locks.
While you’re at it, you should also install or update the security system. A burglar alarm is a good start, but installing cameras can prevent potential intruders or at least provide video evidence in the event of a break-in.
Once you have a roof over your head and all of the essentials have been sorted out, you can finally decorate your home and transform it into something that your family will love. Again, you might have managed to find the perfect home from the get-go, but most people like to add a fresh lick of paint or change the decor to better suit them.
As well as painting, wallpapering, and other jobs, you should add touches of personality to your home with decorative items. Wall art is a great way to do this, as it breaks up blank space and adds a talking point. Soft furnishings like rugs and cushions can also add that finishing touch to your house.