How To Make Your New House Feel Like Home | alecsalameh.com
Moving is a lot of work. You have to find somewhere new to live, pack up all your worldly belongings, move them to the new place, and then unpack. However, relocating is more than just physically tiresome. Data show that psychological struggles associated with moving can linger past the official move-in day. Whether you move across town or across the country, making your new house or apartment feel like home is key to getting settled and comfortable. Use this expert Realtor advice from Alec Salameh to make it happen.
Before Moving Day
You will be able to make your new place feel like home more quickly if you take care of any big issues before moving in. If you need to paint or make any other substantial changes, it is easier to do so when the house is empty.
Make any needed repairs. Your new place isn’t going to feel very homey with cold air blowing through. Also, take care of logistics before moving to your new home. Fill out a change of address form with the Postal Service, and arrange to have the utilities turned on at your new home.
The more you have completed before you move in, the sooner you can get started on making your house feel like home.
The day you move into your new home, make sure you unpack the essentials first. Get the beds ready, and set up the bathroom. Put away the current season’s clothes. Stock the refrigerator and medicine cabinet with basics. If you have children, find their favorite toys and comfort items.
Get your pets settled as soon as possible. Make sure they have food, water, and toys. They may need to be confined to one area during the moving process to keep them safe and comfortable. Try to keep them on their regular feeding schedule, and take time to play with and comfort them. Also, if you have a cat who’s eager to explore that new backyard, an easy-to-install cat door is a must.
Making sure all people and pets in the new home have the basic necessities is the first step in turning the new house into a home.
After Moving Day
Getting everything unpacked and organized will help you settle into a routine and should help you adjust more quickly. You may want to make a few small changes, such as hanging art or photos on the walls. Rugs warm up hard floors, and fun window treatments are great for displaying your personality.
In addition to aesthetic changes, there are other ways to make your house a home. Spend time settling in. Try cooking a few meals in the kitchen rather than going out. Invite friends, family and new neighbors over for a housewarming gathering.
Remember that your house is not an island unto itself. If you have moved to a new area, explore the neighborhood. Check out the shops and parks. If you have a yard, go for a walk through it. See what kinds of plants are growing and what sorts of wildlife are around.
Moving to a new home is often stressful, but it can be fun. Prepare the home for your arrival beforehand and get the essentials straightened out as quickly as possible. Then you can focus on making the home your own.
Alec Salameh is a trusted Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty, one of the world’s largest and most respected real estate companies in the world. Call 239-203-1213.