Congratulations! You’ve found the house of your dreams and have the means to purchase it. This means that it is time to pack up your things from your old home and take them to the next place you will rest your head. It all seems very exciting and you might find yourself full of energy in the beginning.
However, moving can be a very difficult ordeal. The packing of things, the transporting and the unloading can take its toll on even the strongest individual. Once you arrive at your new place, you may be tempted to just lie down and not do anything for the rest of the day.
Then again, there’s no time to waste. Your new life won’t just stand by and wait for you to feel better.
Here is a list of things you’ll need to think about once you move into your new abode.
Locksmiths and repairs
Some people might think of this as overkill, but it’s better to change all the locks in your house once you move in. The house belonged to someone else before, and you never know who has the keys to it.
Aside from changing the locks on all major doors, remember to check the windows and see if their locks need fixing as well. Above all else, you need to ensure that you’re safe inside your new home.
Basic services you will need
You can’t turn your house into a home on your own. You will need the services of certain people. A plumber is a necessity. And if you live in a rural area, a gardener might be worth a call as well. Make sure to get a repairman to give the house a once-over.
You may need the services of an electrician if there are busted wiring and broken light fixtures in your home. If you move into an older house, you should check to see if there’s mold, mildew or pests in your home. If this is the case, a call to an exterminator is due.
You will also need the help of several service providers to make your home more complete. For starters, you should scout around for cable providers for your TV, and phone service providers for your landline. In some cases, one company may be present to provide cable, phone or Internet service to you.
Welcoming your neighbors
Most people fix up the bedroom first because naturally they want to be comfortable during their first night in their new home. However, it’s also important to get the living room in good working order.
It’s customary for neighbors to welcome newcomers into their neighborhood so make sure that your home is ready to receive guests even on the first day. Boxes scattered around may be unsightly, but truth be told, nobody really has the strength to clean up just after moving.
If you can, at least designate a room in the house where all the boxes will go, and at least have one room ready for receiving guests. You don’t have to pull out anything fancy since chances are your neighbors will have some food and drinks for you.
Turning your house into a home
Once you settle in, you may be tempted to rush the decorating of your home just so you’ll feel more at ease with it. However, this is not a task that can be done alone in a small amount of time.
If your neighbors are willing, they might want to chip in. There’s also nothing wrong with hiring a professional to help you with decorating your room. You need not make a complete overhaul of things, just make sure each room is presentable and looks lived in.
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