When you move into a new place, it's easy to get caught up in the commotion and forget about the accomplishing the smaller tasks that will help you settle in and make your new house feel like a home. Here are 11 things you should do after you move in to a new place:
1. Make your bed
Making your bed is an easy way to instantly make your new house feel like your new home. Don't wait till midnight after a full day of unpacking—you'll be grateful you took care of this task early on when you're ready to crash. If you have kids, making their beds first can help them feel more comfortable in their new room.
When you're faced with a mountain of boxes and furniture haphazardly placed throughout your house, the last thing on your mind is cleaning your new home. Before you start unpacking, take some time to quickly wipe out kitchen and bathroom cabinets and lay down contact paper, and clean your new bathroom.
3. Get to know your circuit breaker box and main water valves
Take some time to figure out what fuse controls what part of your house, and label your breaker box accordingly. The previous owners may have already done so, but if not, or if it's rubbed off, or you prefer to use your own labelling system, getting to know your new circuit box early on can save you a lot of trouble fumbling around in the dark.
You should also familiarize yourself with how to turn off your main water valve in the event of a plumbing emergency, or if a natural disaster like a hurricane is heading your direction.
4. Change the locks
You never know how many people the old homeowners gave keys to. Changing the locks is a quick and easy way to instantly make your new house your new house, and it'll help you feel safer and more secure in your new digs.
5. Replace the furnace filter
You most likely won't know when the previous owner last replaced the furnace filter. Replacing the filter can help maximize the efficiency of your furnace, as well as prevent any unnecessary problems.
6. Plan a trip to the home improvement store
You will inevitably need to make several trips to a home improvement store to pick up supplies and tools you didn't anticipate needing. Before you go, make a list of the items you know you need, such as new outlet covers, screws, a welcome mat, paint, new locks, and new furnace filters.
7. Check your smoke and CO detectors
Locate all the smoke and CO detectors in your home and test them to make sure they are working properly. Replace any dead batteries.
8. Meet the neighbors
Getting comfortable with your neighbors is a great way to help you feel more at home in your neighborhood. Once you've settled in, stop by your neighbor's house to introduce yourself. It's always nice to get on your neighbor's good side and for them to think highly of you. They can help you navigate your new town, introduce you to other friendly faces on your street, and you never know when you might need a cup or sugar or someone to bring in a package while you are on vacation. Plus, if you both have kids, you can set up a play date and help your kids make some new friends.
9. Locate your nearest coffee shop
Moving means a lot of long nights unpacking, organizing and hooking up electronics, and rearranging furniture, which will require at least one—if not two—cups of good coffee. When you go to meet your new neighbors, arriving with a cup of coffee is also a nice gesture.
10. Find a local dry cleaner
The last thing on your mind is your ironing the clothes you just unpacked. Help yourself out by locating a dry cleaner who can return your work shirts and other apparel to their pre-move, wrinkle-free glory.
11. Order take out
Your pots and pans are still in boxes, you can't find your utensils, and you haven't been to the grocery store, so it is the perfect time to start hunting for your favorite local pizza shop, Chinese restaurant or Mexican takeaway. Life gets even easier with free delivery!
A mountain of boxes just begging to be unpacked is a very tempting distraction when you first move into a new house. Before you dig in and start your unpacking spree, take some time to:
- Make your bed
- Clean any areas that might have been missed
- Get to know your circuit box and water shutoff valve
- Change the locks and furnace filters
- Check your smoke and CO detectors
- Meet the neighbors
- Order takeout
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