Getting Settled: New Year, New Home

Moving can be stressful, but it’s also a great time to create new patterns for yourself and your family. Whether you’ve been looking to rearrange your home, get rid of clutter, pick up a few new items to make your space feel more welcoming, or simply create the home you’ve always wanted to live in, moving is a great opportunity to do all of those things. Getting settled in a new home is a great feeling and a great way to start the year saying new Year New Home.

With that in mind, make the most of the new year by using these smart tips to improve your home in the coming year:

Tip 1. Cover Your Paperwork Bases

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First things first – knock off the boring stuff. Before you move into your new home, fill out a change of address form, have your mail forwarded, and let your banks, financial institutions, subscriptions, and other such organizations know you’re moving. Be aware that several of these things can take some weeks to kick into action, so it’s smart to start them earlier rather than later. On this same token, have your utilities and services transferred, including your electricity, water, gas, cable, phone, and internet. You can do a great deal of this online, and shouldn’t have to spend hours running from place to place.

Tip 2. Have the Locks Changed

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You want to feel secure in your new home, so it’s smart to secure it as soon as you move in. Have all the outside locks changed on all doors, and be sure to reprogram the garage door opener codes. You may also want to check the home’s safety features and ensure things like carbon monoxide detectors are current, have batteries, and are within their expiration date range. Don’t forget to check the fire extinguishers and ensure all your home’s safety devices are in good working order.

Tip 3. Give Yourself a Home Tour

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You’ve likely already familiarized yourself with your home, but now is a great time to take a more in-depth tour. Where are the home’s outlets? Where’s the main circuit breaker? Where do you turn on and off the water supply or the gas? Where’s the utility closet? This “mini-tour” of your home helps you become more familiar with it on a deep level and get to know its ins and outs.

Tip 4. Map out the Arrangement of the Home
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Now that you’ve gone through the technical aspects of your place, get ready to settle into it permanently. If you haven’t already mapped out the floor plan, take a piece of graph paper and draw each room. Don’t forget to include measurements and drawings to help you figure out where your furniture should go and how everything in the room will work. Draw in your furniture and arrange it accordingly until you find an outline you like. Not only does this cut down on the time you’ll spend rearranging furniture, but it’s also a great way to ensure you wind up with the arrangement you like.

Tip 5. Do a Final De-Clutter
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If you’re like most people, you’ve likely de-cluttered a significant portion of your home before you moved. Now is a great time to do a final de-clutter, though. As you unpack your boxes and start moving things into your home, keep an eye out for items that don’t fit, don’t work, or aren’t easy to store. If you come across them, get rid of them. You can either donate them to a local charity or give them away to friends and family members.

Tip 6. Invest in Things you Love
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If you want to make a house a home, you need to invest in things you love. While lots of people think that this process has to be expensive, it doesn’t. The truth is that investing in things you love can be as simple as picking up a few cool vintage items at a local thrift shop, or as complex as saving up for that beautiful dining table you’ve been eyeing for years. While it can take years to create a house filled with things you love, the process is exciting and worthwhile.

Tip 7. Meet Your Neighbors
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Neighbors are a big piece of your community, and it’s essential to build close relationships with them. With this in mind, make meeting your neighbors a priority. Not only will these people likely become valued friends over the years, but they can be instrumental when it comes to watching your home, creating playdates for your kids, and making your life richer in an all-around sense. If you have the time, make a casserole or a batch of cookies and take them to the nearest neighbor. This is a great way to forge a friendship and start building long-term bonds.

8. Give Yourself Time
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Above all else, remember that getting comfortable in a new home takes time. If you try to move in within a week, you’ll find yourself stressed out and overwhelmed. Instead of willingly signing up for this, go slowly and give yourself plenty of time to make the transition. If you can take a few weeks of to finish the process, do it. If you need additional help, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends or family members. More likely than not, they’ll be happy to lend a hand.

Welcome Home!

Moving into a new home over the holidays is an exciting process! While it can be stressful at times, it doesn’t have to feel impossible. By giving yourself additional time to complete the move, mapping out your floor plan, investing in things you love, ensuring your home is safe and secure, and taking steps to fill the space with items that make you happy, you’ll wind up with a welcoming space you’ll want to spend time in quickly and easily.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact Colonial Van Lines for additional help with the moving process. Our professional team of long-distance movers is here to help you see the process through and ensure you have the assistance, tools, and tips you need to get the job done quickly and easily.

January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Moving Tips|Tags: |0 Comments