5 things to do when you move into a new house
Moving into a new home is exciting. You’re not just changing your address, you’re changing the way you live. You’ll find every home you live in makes you feel a different way and this new house will do the same. It’s going to be a great experience. But it’s also going to be extremely stressful.
Even once you’ve signed all the papers and the house is officially yours, you still have to handle moving in. And that’s not always the easiest exercise. So, to help you out, here are five things you should do when you first move into a new home.
Ensure everything is clean
The previous owners or tenants should have had the house thoroughly cleaned before they handed over the keys. But that’s not always the case. Some people simply do a surface clean that looks good but hasn’t rid the house of all the deeply embedded dirt. The first thing you do, before you move in all your boxes, is clean the house thoroughly. This may take a lot of effort, especially if there’s a lot of grime, but ask the whole family to help and you’ll be done in no time. It’s worth it to move into a home you know is spotless.
Rid the house of any bad smells
You’d be surprised what kind of smells can be left in a house. Fom food the previous owners forgot to remove to odours you can’t quite place. Cleaning should help with this. But you may also have to use other methods to force out any leftover smells. Try to identify the source and start there. Once you’ve done that, spray some Airoma aerosol throughout the house to give your new home a pleasant scent.
Before you decide where everything should go, you need to take measurements. You want to make sure your three-seater couch actually fits into the space you’ve allocated for it. You don’t want to carry everything indoors only to find you have to move it into another room. Ideally, new homeowners should do this long before the big move but many people don’t think about it until the last minute.
Plan where everything should go
Take a piece of paper – or a few, depending on the size of the house – and roughly draw where you’re going to put everything. You may know which room each piece of furniture is going into, but do you know which way it will be facing? It’s important you have the whole house mapped out before moving day. You don’t want to have to redirect the movers when you see things aren’t working the way you thought they would.
Unpack one room at a time
Every box should already be marked with which room it’s supposed to go into. Carry the boxes to their places and then choose one room to start with. Of course, you’ll want to unpack the basics, like bedding, at first. But after that go through the house room by room and unpack. That way you won’t end up leaving anything in boxes for months to come. And if you do, you should get rid of the box. Easy decluttering. Like a pro.
Moving house is exciting but can be stressful at the same time. So, take the above tips into account and you’ll find everything will go smoothly.