Settle into Your New Home After a Household Move
Whether this is your first move or your tenth, one thing’s for sure: moving has the potential to upend your life with an exciting blend of new possibilities, fresh starts, and a dose of upheaval.
The old saying goes, “It’s all about the journey, not the destination.” But usually, you just want to feel at home in your destination after a move. These tips can help you settle into your new home quickly after a residential move.
This settling-in tip starts long before moving day, with planning during the packing process. It’s all about organizing; move from room to room as you pack, noting each box’s contents on the outside and where each box should go in the new house.
The more precise and better organized you are during this moving stage, the smoother of a time you’ll have after moving day.
Then, unpacking will be much easier when all your items are in your new home. You’ll see exactly where everything goes, reducing mess and stress.
Start With a Clean Slate
Before you unpack your belongings, start with a fresh slate. Moving into a sparkling clean home will smooth the transition.
Of course, it’s much easier to clean before all your items arrive. If you can, hire a cleaning team to do the work before moving day.
If this isn’t possible, set aside a box of cleaning supplies so you can give everything a once-over before you start unpacking.
Set a Familiar Tone
Once in your new home, take a few steps to make everything feel more familiar. This may be as simple as lighting a candle that fills your home with a favorite scent or turning on your favorite playlist as you unpack.
And while, as a general rule, it’s best to unpack essentials first, there may be a few everyday items that make you feel at home. So it’s OK to grab those throw pillows, a comfy afghan, or a few favorite art pieces and get them in place sooner rather than later.
Take Steps to Feel Safe
One of the first things to do in a new home is changing the locks. Even if you know and trust the previous residents, don’t take the chance that a spare key is floating around. Instead, schedule a locksmith for your security and change all the locks.
You’ll want to ensure all the utilities are working correctly, just in case any problems arise. Finally, collect essential emergency information, such as:
- Contact information for local fire and police
- Location of nearest hospitals or medical centers
- Emergency contacts for water and power utilities
- Local pharmacies
Get to Know the New Neighborhood
Exploring your new community is the best way to feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Meet your neighbors, check out community events, and start getting involved right away.
Start by taking lots of walks around the neighborhood. Getting to know public transportation and local roads helps, too. As you make new friends and figure out where everything is, you’ll start to feel at home faster.
Moving can leave you feeling disoriented. However, these simple steps can help ease the process, making you feel at home sooner.
We can help with your residential move. First, contact us for a free quote. Then, we can do the heavy lifting while you plan to settle in.