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Top 5 Things to do when moving into a new home.

February 20, 2017

 #1 Make it yours

The very first thing you should do is claim your space. Take some time to give it a through cleaning.   By spending some time in an empty house, you can learn about it. discover things and view every mark and flaw. One of my favorite brands to use is Mrs Meyers, everything ends up smelling fresh. 

Once you move in it can be a challenge to access spaces after the you've filled them with your stuff. You think you'll get back to that... PRO TIP you won't.

Wash windows, vacuum floors and steam-clean carpets. For me its the perfect time to plug in my essential oil diffuser, bring my favorite scents into the home,  sit and take in the light of the space. 

With no furniture in the house, it's a good time to buff and seal wood floors.

 

#2 Get Tech

Nowadays tech has become essential in our homes. The best time to install or update home technology is right before (or during) the move-in. While you still have easy access to every spot in your home (which makes planning and installation easier), with a bonus of getting to enjoy the benefits from Day 1.

 

#3 Securing It

They say your home is your castle, so taking measures to secure it well is one of the first things to do when moving in:

  • Install burglar alarms and change the locks to keep thieves away from your home.  We've found Livewatch security to be an excellent choice. 

  • Install fire alarms and smoke detectors in every room and supply a fire extinguisher at every level of the house to be able to take proper measures in the event of a house fire.

  • Invest in a quality sump-pump to remove excess water in the event of flooding.

  • Check the condition of the fence, window shutters, chimney, roof, gutters, etc. and fix any problems immediately to make sure that your home is as well protected against the whims of the weather as possible.

  • Purchase a first-aid kit and devise an escape plan out of the house in case of emergencies.

  • Make sure the stairs, balconies, and other places that present a falling hazard are well secured.

  • Childproof the entire home to ensure the safety of your little angels.

Not mitigating the possible risks in your new home as soon as possible will be a huge mistake that may result in severe property damage and personal injuries, so take all reasonable precautions to protect your property and your family at the earliest opportunity.

 

Have the mechanical equipment cleaned and serviced.  Getting the heating and cooling systems cleaned and other routine tasks done is important — as is getting a service contract so if the system stops working in the depths of winter, you'll not have to overpay to get a technician to come to your home. Ask your new neighbors which company they have found to be reputable and attentive for this work. It's a great way to meet the neighbors.

 

#4 Cover it

Install window treatments, whether you have these custom made or you go for some inexpensive and temporary shades, you'll want to get some something on your windows — both for privacy and that finishing touch. There will be time later, as you live in the house and get to know it better, to choose a more personalized option.

 

#5 RESIST the Urge to furnish all at once.

Stop, relax, breath, and plan. good decorating, is about thinking through the rooms. Make a list of what you need to furnish the whole house; then focus first on the two to three most important rooms—generally the main parts of the house such as living room, kitchen, and family room.

 

Plan, if you can, on living in the house for period of time before you buy new furniture or make any major decisions, like paint or tile.  This may not work well if it's a fixer upper, but if the space is livable, its best to see how your family uses the space first.

 

For example, before buying a new, larger dining room table, maybe experiment using the formal dining room as another sitting area. Or before hiring a carpenter to construct the built-ins of your dreams across a wall for the TV, make sure that it’s the best wall for the TV.

 

PRO TIP – Build your Moving Tool Kit

-Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Nails, Hammer, Small first aid kit, Magic eraser, Phone charger, notepad and sticky notes, pen, or pencil, measuring tape, Windex and a microfiber towel are all essentials.

 

Once you've conquered these simple steps, you can move onto bigger things. 

For more information on how to layout your new space Click here. 

 

 

 

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