Save time, money, and sanity by getting the chores and décor out of the way before your first night in a new home. Here are 11 items to check off your list that will make for a cozy, comfy, and clean environment that you can feel good about.
- Measure Each Room
It’s a nightmare situation: You arrive at your new home only to find your old furniture doesn’t fit. You can avoid this stressful scenario by simply grabbing a measuring tape and knowing how much space you have to work with.
- Clean the Floors
Your home’s former occupants no doubt left their mark — literally. However, this is your home now, and you can remove many of the traces of their existence by cleaning your new house from top to bottom. The floors may need special treatment, especially if there were animals in the home previously and you or a member of your family has allergies. The DIY Network offers lots of great advice on how to clean hardwood floors. If the home has carpet, vacuum and shampoo it thoroughly before moving your stuff through the front door.
Now is the perfect time to repaint the interior to match both your personality and your belongings. It’s easily accomplished before you move in your furniture.
- Caulk Everything
Caulking is one of those often-overlooked tasks that can play a huge role in the comfort in your new home. Take the time to walk the perimeter and locate areas that might have air or water leaks. This may include windows and doors and the transition from bathtub or shower to wall. Today’s Homeowner discusses the different types of caulking materials and tools needed for various applications. Also be sure to check the gutters and downspouts while you’re looking for areas to seal.
- Install a Home Security System
Your home’s security (or lack thereof) can mean the difference between a restful night’s sleep and pacing the floor at midnight. Find a reputable home security monitoring company and outfit your home with DIY deterrents, such as a deadbolt and outside lighting.
- Update Fixtures
If your 1970s ranch-style home is stuck in the era of disco, one of the quickest and most effective updates you can do is to swap the hardware on the kitchen cabinets and change the faucets and fixtures to stainless steel.
- Bring the Outside In
Exposure to nature can make you feel at ease. However, since you live indoors, add a few green and leafy potted plants around your home, which will give you a sense of calm while serving as an attractive focal point.
- Let There Be Light
Your home’s lighting will affect your mood. Once you have everything painted, choose window treatments that allow natural light to permeate your living spaces. One place you don’t want lots of sunshine is the bedroom, especially if you suffer with insomnia. Fortunately, as Today explains, room-darkening curtains are not expensive and can block out unwanted light.
- Change the HVAC Filters
Your new home is a major investment, and it’s your responsibility to keep its major systems in working order. A new HVAC system can cost nearly $4,000 to replace, but simply swapping the HVAC filter upon move-in, and then once every one to three months thereafter, will help keep your system in top shape when combined with regular professional inspections.
- Help Fido Acclimate
Moving is stressful on our pets, and the last thing you want is for your pooch to be destructive in your new home because he’s stressed. Before unpacking commences, Rover suggests taking him around the house with a trail of treats to help him sniff out the new digs. This will help him not only get a feel for your new place, but actually excite him about it and ease any anxiety from the move.
- Have an Unpacking Plan
Last on our list but certainly not least on your priorities is to create a plan of attack for how you’ll unpack. Your unpacking checklist should start with personal necessities, such as toiletries and clothing. Once this is done, unpack your kitchen tools, including your cookware. If you have kids, their rooms should be one of the top three areas you work on.
If you start to get overwhelmed, do the most important tasks first. This includes maintenance projects that you won’t be able to get to later, and keeping the kids and pets happy and entertained while you acclimate to your new environment.
Thank you, Natalie for this wonderful article!
Natalie Jones, the author of this blog post has her own blog which you must visit homeownerbliss.info where she has shared many such useful tips and ideas, do’s and don’ts that come straight from her experiences after she bought and moved into her own home. Please do check her out! 🙂