10 Ideas to Make Moving Into Your New Home Easier

Roxanne Hale

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You did it! It’s moving day, and all unpleasantries are behind you. You made it through competing with multiple offers, a nerve-wracking inspection, negotiating, and finally–you signed the dotted line on closing day. Your bags are packed, the moving truck is ready, and you’re… overwhelmed! What’s next? What now?

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or just dusting off the shelves, here are ten little things to remember if you want to make moving day less hassle, more dazzle:

A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM

First things first, play it safe. One of the most important things you can do for yourself as a homeowner is invest in a quality security system as soon as your agent hands you the keys at the closing table. Placed appropriately at the top of this list, this home addition should be your top priority as well.

Peace of mind is priceless, but if you’re worried about your budget, opt for a doorbell camera to start. A little security goes a long way as a homeowner!

BLINDS OR CURTAINS

What’s worse than moving on a Friday? Forgetting the blinds and waking up at the crack of dawn on Saturday!

Make the moving process infinitely easier by remembering to load up this one easy-to-forget thing: blinds or curtains to cover those empty windows. Your new neighbors are eager to meet you, but would you rather your introduction be over wine at dinner or through your bedroom window mid-wardrobe change? Avoid this bright and shiny mishap easily by capturing all that natural light and saving yourself the embarrassment at neighborhood events for years to come.

A FRESH COAT OF PAINT

A little less boring than remembering to pack blinds on your first trip to your new home? Choosing paint colors! Different shades can totally transform a room, dressing it up or down, creating dramatics, or allowing softness to culminate.

Before you get too comfy un-boxing your entire life, settle on what exactly you want your home to embody; is it all about dark hues making a statement, or do you prefer light and airy spaces? Once you’ve determined each room’s purpose and made it your own, it’s finally time to break out the boxcutter.

SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Next on the list is another tip in the name of health and safety. Just as important as a home security system? A smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Kick-off your homeownership by putting out little fires everything and ensure your home is secure in more ways than one.

After all, we’ve all seen that episode of This Is Us, right? (Spoiler: Still not over it.)

LIGHTBULBS

Even if your new home came equipped with plenty of lightbulbs, when it rains, it usually pours. You’ll be glad you opted for more when they all inevitably start to burn out on the same night… during a thunderstorm. Play it smart, and stock up on energy-efficient bulbs or swap out those cold fluorescent lights for something a little more ambient.

A relatively new invention, smart lighting also aims to increase your home’s convenience and security while also using less energy. Look at you saving the planet and money off your electric bill! It’s like your already a professional homeowner.

BATTERIES

These days, you can’t do much of anything without a set of batteries. Our phones, computers, and even our bodies can’t go on with an empty power bar! This is why it’s a must that you pack a few batteries for the move. Fixtures that stayed with the home will likely need them swiftly, and you never know when you might need a flashlight or other battery-powered light saver. You can never be too prepared, right? Imagine sitting down to watch some embarrassing reality TV after a long day of moving, only to find your remote is dead! Tragic.

Don’t let your plans die! Pack those batteries.

HANGERS

A simple way to make your life easier is to never run out of empty hangers. You’ll be needing them as you transition your wardrobe from box-clad to closet-chic. All that newfound closet space in your home was a huge selling point for you, but it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

Don’t skip on this small detail if you want moving week to be as seamless as possible!

A TOOLKIT

As a homeowner, you’ll learn (or have learned) ingenuity is key. Washing machines break, pipes leak, and sometimes you’re the repairman. Stay prepared by investing in a toolkit fit for a professional. Otherwise, you’re bound to become that neighbor who’s always borrowing a screwdriver when things go awry, and isn’t that reality even worse than a little leaky faucet?

SILVERWARE

All that unpacking is likely to make a homeowner hungry. You open the fridge and grab a frozen dinner, pop it in the microwave, and wait.

Beep, beep, beep!

You sit down, ready to dig in. That’s when you realize… you have no idea where you put the forks. Remembering to pack silverware is a small but vital part of moving smartly. Keep it in the same box as your toolkit, lightbulbs, hangers, batteries, and blinds!

A BRAND NEW WELCOME MAT

One small pleasure in packing up your life and moving it elsewhere is getting to choose a brand new welcome mat. It’s only right that each home gets its own special entrance piece. Don’t skimp on safety, however, and remember: it may just be a welcome mat, but it is your front door’s first chance to make a great impression and show off your personality.

The best part about this addition to the list, you may ask? There are no major repercussions if you forget!

HAPPY MOVING!

Re-locating doesn’t have to be all stress and no fun. Remembering to pack a few necessities will make your life easier during those first few weeks of homeownership. And once all the strain of moving everything you own into a new place is behind you, you’ll be prepared and ready to take on any future unforeseen mishaps. What better way to start this exciting period of your life?

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Roxanne Hale, owner, and broker of Arthouse has spent over 20 years in the real estate business. Here you'll find a collection of stories about buying and selling real estate & home building advice, housing history, and architecture & design tips. Oh, and some fun personal stories every now and then!

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