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First Things First: To-Do’s When You Arrive at Your New Home

7/25/2017 10:07 PM Comments Posted By Floralyn Teodoro

Moving into a new home can be exciting yet stressful. It can also sometimes be overwhelming. You’ve got a long list of to-do’s you shouldn’t miss. More than that, you have to adjust and adapt to a new neighborhood.

The first few hours in your new home can pretty much predict the tone of the rest of your stay there. So to avoid potential troubles and problems, here are the essential things you must do upon arriving at your new home:

Checking utilities

Re-inspect your utilities such as gas, water, and electric supply. Telephone and cable services also need to be checked right on. Make sure they are all running smoothly. In case of problems, you can immediately call for professional help. Another important thing that needs to be checked is your new home’s plumbing.

Changing locks

When you arrive at your new home, make sure to change the locks for safety. This way you’ll be assured and secured that only you and your family has access into your home. Installing new locks can usually cost $10-up each. However, if you’re temporarily renting a property, ask your landlord about this issue first.

Deep cleaning

Cleaning a space thoroughly is easier when there aren’t any furniture in place yet. So, before you unpack your stuff, give your new home a deep clean. Assemble all furniture and boxes in their designated rooms first as you clean. Or, if you have a day ahead of moving in, contact professional cleaners to do the cleaning.

Prioritization

Prioritize unpacking first the things you just need or the essentials such as toiletries, kitchen necessities, towels, beddings, a change of clothes, prescription drugs, your kids’ essentials, etc.  Your other stuff can wait until you have enough time and energy to tackle them. Learn to prioritize for lesser stress and hassle.

Saying hellos

If you happen to come across any of your new neighbors on your first twenty fours in your new home, don’t hesitate to say hello. You don’t need to bake them goodies or anything; you just need to make a friendly impression. So, even though you look a bit haggard and dirty from your moving in tasks, introduce yourself.

Staying quiet

Even though you want to finish a lot of things through working an all-nighter, be reminded that your neighbors are enjoying their goodnight’s sleep. As much as you can, be considerate and make sure you don’t make loud noises like vacuuming, drilling, and the like. Make a great first impression and make it last.

May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility,” says Mary Anne Radmacher, a renowned author.

Congratulations on moving into a new place you could call home. Make your first twenty-four hours worthwhile. Consider the above tips for a less-hassle and trouble-free stay in your new home. You aren’t only holding the key to accessing your new home; you are also holding the key to enjoying your stay there.

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