The Get Smart Team
Justin Timmons & Sabrina Wickham

Just moved in…how to make it feel like home!!

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11 Ways to Make Your New House Your Home

January 5, 2016

Moving into a new house is a lot of work, but making your new house feel like home should be fun, and as stress-free as possible. We understand that’s easier said than done, but with these move-in tips you’ll be well on your way to making your family feel right at home.

Change the locks. You can never be certain who else has copies of the house key, so this is an important first step. This includes changing the garage door code, as well.

Deep clean. Before having the moving company deliver your belongings, take a day or two to deep clean everything. Hiring a trusted cleaning company to do the job might be your best bet since you will have a lot of other things going on. If you choose to handle this task on your own, at the least, we recommend having the carpets professionally steam cleaned.

Paint the walls. When you are house hunting it’s important to look beyond the previous homeowners’ paint choices and instead take note of the size of the room and its floor plan to realize its true potential. Once the home is yours, choose colors that match your personal style and allow kids to get involved in picking out their bedroom colors. (As a general rule of house hunting, you should always try to ignore all the easily replaceable things like paint, such as door handles, blinds, cabinets and cabinet handles, light fixtures and carpets.)

Mimic your regular routine. When moving into a new house, keep your routine as regular as possible to help everyone manage the transition. This will also help you to transform the new space to fit your unique needs. For example, if you used to have a key rack in the front entrance that everyone, hang the key rack in the same place in the new home.

Unpack kitchen items early on. We understand that some items will take precedence over your kitchen boxes, but we recommend unpacking the kitchen as soon as possible so you can have home cooked meals—versus delivery—for the first week. This will not only help you feel more settled, but will allow you to enjoy family time in the midst of an otherwise chaotic time.

Update your address. You’ll want to complete an official change of address form as soon as possible to prevent the delay of important letters, or risk things getting lost in the mail. Remember to contact your bank and other financial companies directly to let them know you have moved too, while you’re thinking about it.

Prioritize the kid’s rooms. Get their rooms set up first, so they start to feel comfortable in the new home. Also, take the time to give kids a tour of the home, pointing out lights switches, steps, and doors to the outside.

Meet your neighbors. Introduce you and your family to the neighborhood so you feel more comfortable knowing the people around you and vice versa so they get to meet the new family that moved in. It’s easy to let time get away from you, so be purposeful in making the time for this early on.

Explore the area. Find the local grocery store, drug store, hospital, mall, restaurants, parks and other places of entertainment. The sooner you become familiar with the area, the sooner you will feel at home. Also, if your kids are moving to a new school, take them several times before their first day so they can acclimate themselves to the new facility and meet their new teachers.

Safety first. There a couple different safety precautions to take. Familiarize yourself with where the electrical circuit breakers, water cutoff values, AC system, sprinkler system and security system, etc. are located and how to operate them. Plan out your family’s emergency exit plans in case of a fire and ensure everyone knows what to do. Finally, test all the fire alarm batteries and make sure everyone knows where the fire extinguisher is kept.

It’s all in the little details. Unpack and display family photos and keepsakes. Set out fresh flowers and light your favorite candles to fill the new home with familiar smells and little comforts of home.

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 2:07 pm by Justin Timmons & Sabrina Wickham

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