How To Quickly Break In Your New House So It Feels Like Home
Moving into a new house is a bittersweet life event. With the sentiments of leaving an old place come the possibilities of starting fresh in a new one. It’s also a lot of work, but it’s well worth it when you consider the new memories you will make. While it may take some time to break the habit of calling your old place “home,” there are some things you can do to quickly settle in and make your new house feel like home.
Unpack a box or two per day
While it’s possible to make your place feel homey with your moving boxes still lying around, it definitely helps to have them gone. Rather than stressing yourself out with a marathon purge over the weekend, however, commit to unpacking one or two boxes per day. If you have a large family with lots of stuff, make a quota to unpack five boxes or one room per day. Just choose an amount to meet each day and stick to it. Reward yourself for following through by going out on the town or doing something fun. If you chip at your mountain of boxes a little each day, you’ll be surprised by how quickly it dwindles down.
Tackle essential maintenance tasks
There are several easy maintenance tasks to tackle in your new place that you can do yourself. First of all, change the locks. You won’t feel secure until you know exactly who has a key to your house. Then, you can get to cleaning before all the furniture is in place. Set up a supply zone that has everything you need (cleaners, buckets, rags, brooms, mops, etc.). Make sure to clean all the hard-to-see areas, and replace all the dusty filters in the vents, dryer, fridge, furnace, etc. It’s also worth the investment to have professionals clean and service your mechanical equipment, such as your cooling and heating systems. Once you’ve given the house a good cleaning, you can start painting the walls and ceilings. Painting is a doable project if you have the time, and it’s a great way to personalize the rooms in your home.
There may be some maintenance tasks that are either above your pay grade or just too time consuming. For example, any electrical, plumbing, or structural issues should be done by a professional. It can also be worth the money to hire a general contractor to do extensive work such as renovations or remodels. The average price to renovate or repair a home in Tampa, FL, is $4,000 - $8,809. If you go through the numbers and decide you can budget for replacing the tile, adding an outside patio, or knocking out a kitchen wall, renovations can go a long way in helping the new house feel like home.
Decorating is another great way of breaking in your new home, and a lot of it can be done without burning up your checking account. When decorating your new place, the important thing to remember is this: Don’t do it all at once. Take your time to accumulate and personalize your home; otherwise, you’ll end up impulse buying. If your house is a little bare, enjoy the process of building from a blank slate. Adding different levels of lighting is a quick way to bring ambience into your home. Also, start to establish your home’s signature scent by burning candles, adding plants, making a stove-simmering brew, or any other tactic of creating a superb olfactory experience. Furthermore, set up your favorite entertainment devices during the early stages of the move-in. Not only will it make your nights more comfortable, but it will come in handy when you unpack.
Moving into a new place is the perfect opportunity to start new memories. Though it takes a lot of work, it will prove to be worth it when the new place is well established as your home. To quickly and happily settle in, remember to unpack a little each day, tackle essential maintenance projects early on, and make decorating a gradual process.
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