A larger place can often feel like a huge leap of faith. Moving from an apartment, moving from a smaller house or moving to your very first house can be a stressful experience. People often think about moving to a larger house when more money comes their way, when they want to start a family or simply because they would like a change of scene. Regardless of the reason, you’re going to find yourself with a lot more space than you’re used to. If your lucky you might even have a front or/and back garden! It can be daunting to see all that empty space, and may leave you wondering if the removals company has forgotten something. However, a bigger space is the perfect opportunity to put your own stamp on a place. There are a lot of things you’re going to need and need to do. Here are 10 tips to help you get comfortable in your new home:
It’s important to take your time when unpacking into a house. Get to know your new house before moving day even if that means multiple visits and obtaining the blueprints. Create an inventory of all the boxes and what’s inside them, as well as where each box should end up.
Buying new furniture
You should prioritise by putting essentials first, luxuries can always come later once you have settled. Always check what you have space for and buy any new furniture after you have arrived to save on delivery costs.
Your new lawn and/or garden is a huge asset and quite a responsibility. you will have to tend to it at some point, lest you want a overgrown jungle as a garden. Get yourself a mower and some basic gardening supplies to keep nature in check.
Your new neighbourhood
Everybody needs good neighbours, so you’re going to have to make a bit more of an effort. Apartment living tends to be a lot more private and keep-to-yourself than neighbourhoods. It is rare to find yourself in an unfriendly or unwelcoming neighbourhood so go introduce yourself by hosting a house warming party or simply!
Heat, electricity and water
Your apartment building probably organised your utilities when you moved in, but you’re going to have to sort this one out yourself in your new home. It is best to set-up the main utilities in the house before you arrive – nobody wants to spend their first few days in the cold or dark!. Give yourself several weeks to cover the likely connection delays.
Crockery and cooking utensils
If you were supplied these in your apartment then it’s time to get a few basics for your new kitchen. You apartment may not have come with them, or you may have bought your own anyway, but in any case you’ve got a lot more room now.
Time to get a washing machine
Your apartment may have come with a washing machine, or maybe you used a shared laundry room. Unless you already own one, a washing machine will nearly always be a necessary purchase, but you can forego a dryer if you have a garden for a washing line.
No house comes perfect. If you lived in an apartment you will have had the landlord sort out most problems but now you’re in a house you will probably be donning the tool belt for light renovations and maintenance. Get a basic tool set for anything you might encounter. Your new found tools will be responsible for hanging up your home’s first pictures and paintings.
Bedding and towels
If your apartment came with these it’s definitely time to get some more. An empty cupboard does not mean you need to rush out to the shops; take your time and get the important essentials first.
If you have a nice lawn and plenty of space what better way to settle down than to get a cat or a dog? Owning a pet is a rewarding experience; they make a great addition to your family.
Remember a house is only as good as what’s inside, so see this as an opportunity to shape it as you see fit. Maybe you’re moving to settle down with a family, because of work, or just for a change of scene. Regardless of the reason, you’re going to find yourself with a lot more space than you’re used towhich will naturally made more homely with all your various possessions and furniture.