While the big move into a new home is a time of excitement and creativity, it also involves a bit of logistics. A host of projects, both big and small, await you before and even after your move in. Have you considered the fun, creative stuff but overlooked some fundamentals? Here’s a list of considerations as you move into your new house.
THE NOT SO SPECTACULAR
Clean the Cabinets and Closets
The deal is done, the close has been pushed through and all you want to do is unpack your possessions. But, hold on; have you given the cabinets and closets a good sweep and/or dust? It will take a couple of minutes, but the task is far more laborious once you pack these spaces full of possessions. Best you give your new home a good wipe down as it will save you time and effort in the long run.
Change the Locks
You’ll never know how many pairs of keys previous owners might still own or have given out over time. Knowing this, replace all of your home’s exterior locks. The previous owners or landlord might have given keys to neighbors, nannies, friends and family. While it’s unlikely someone might pop in for a visit with the previous owners, the best way toward a good night’s sleep is covering all your basis.
Find Your Breaker Box and Shutoff Valves
Last, make sure you know where the circuit breaker and main water valves are located. Indeed, this knowledge is essential for any and all homeowners. Water valves can be either inside or outside your home. Once you locate it, test it by turning off the water and then check your faucets.
Now that we’ve gotten the nitty-gritty out of the way, it’s time you make your house a home. This doesn’t mean breaking the bank on fancy furniture, a home entertainment system and a landscape firm. It means it’s time you inject some of your own personality into the space.
Splurge on a New Mattress
Sure, most people won’t see your bed, but since you’re in a new space, you’ll want quality sleep. Since a new home is a new start, it might be time for an upgrade in your sleep chamber. Consider buying a new mattress that gives you the rest you deserve. It’s time for a fresh start and a fresh sleep.
Paint it Black (or Any Color of Your Choosing)
Finally, look at the colors of your walls. Are you in love with plain old white? What about different colors of paint in virtually every room? That doesn’t scream symmetry. If that’s the case, it may be time for a new coat, but make it a point to do it yourself.
Painting your walls is one of the most cost-effective personal stamps you can put on your home. If you’re daring, pick a wall as an accent and paint it a different color than all the others in the house. This is a playful yet subtle way to break up the room’s vibe. Also, consider a bit of wallpaper along that accent wall to double the daring.
Mind the Details Before Enjoying Your New Place
Get the inglorious work out of the way. Replace any old locks, clean your space up and down, and make sure you know where the guts of your home are in case of emergency. Once that’s done, the work that makes the space truly yours is much easier. A nice new bed and mattress to lay your head on at night is a must, especially before you bust out the paint. Take these steps and you’ll fall in love with your new home that much quicker.