Movin’ On Up!

Ideas When You First Move Into Your Dream Home

Nothing is better than finally getting the keys to the new house and getting everything moved in! We have all felt that sense of pride, that sense of accomplishment we all of the hard work and hassle of buying a new house comes to fruition on closing day.

There are so many things running through your head during the process that you sometimes forget to sit back and enjoy what you just did. That being said, with everything that goes on, you need to figure out what actually needs to be done once you get the keys and when you are ready to make your new home a thing of beauty.

Here are a few ideas for things you should definitely do once you move into your new home:

Who’s In the Neighborhood?

• Even though they will probably take the initiative, make sure that you at least meet and find out who your neighbors are. Find out if they have kids. Find out if they have dogs. Are they partiers or do they stay inside all of the time? Are they older? That sort of thing goes a long way. Granted, they will probably come over and welcome you to the neighborhood within the first week, but if not, take it upon yourself to see who they are and what they are all about. Check out the Springfield Neighborhood Registry to see what each service area is.
Figure out the Essentials
• When you move in to the new place, you forget how many everyday items you need around the house to, well, live. Think about it for a second. Whether it is napkins, flashlights, toilet paper, paper towels, bedding, snacks, water – you name it, and you probably need it right away. Make sure to find the closet hardware store and Kroger to stock up on these items. Seems like a no-brainer, but mark my word you will probably end up needing all of this as soon as you start moving in.
Clean It Top to Bottom
• It is always good to clean the house from top to bottom when you first get in, even if it smells fresh. You definitely want to clean certain parts of the house (i.e. baseboards, walls) before the movers get there so you don’t have to move the furniture after everything is in. Then again, once you unload everything and take back the truck rental, you will want to clean the carpets after the movers and your family track throughout the house. Also make sure to clean the bathrooms and kitchen very well, since those are the places that most of the bacteria build up. If you have kids, don’t let them trace around the house before giving it that one last clean.
Check All Belongings
• Once you get all of your belongings into the house, always double-check to make sure that everything is accounted for and that nothing is damage or ruined. Remember and chart how many boxes should have made the trip and then cross off the checklist before you actually start the unpacking process. Also, if you know certain boxes were fragile, open them first to make sure that they made it through the process without any dents or scratches. Once the movers are gone, good luck trying to hold them accountable for any lost or damaged boxes.

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