First-time homeowners are embarking on a delightful journey that is sure to bring many happy moments. Setting up a new home that belongs to you and doing whatever you want with is a dream come true for many.
Some essential items of note should be prioritized over others. Ensure that you run a full test on your water heaters and plumbing system as well as kitchen appliances. It is best to seek repairs before you move in to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Some sellers will pay for water heater repair or sewer pipe replacement if that will speed up closing on the house.
Once these necessities are out of the way, you can focus on getting the items you need to turn your new house into a welcoming home.
It is hard to judge exactly how clean your new home will be on the day you move in, especially with movers bringing in boxes and tracking in dirt. You should pack your vacuum cleaner in a clearly labeled box or consider packing it into your car.
This will allow you to give the whole home a good vacuum and remove any dirt and allergens that may have slipped in during the moving process. This will give you peace of mind and help identify where you need to apply a more detailed cleaning solution.
You need to pack the cleaning supplies that will allow you to wipe up spills, spray and wipe off unidentified markings, and mop after a thorough vacuum. Knowing your surfaces and floors are clean will have a very positive psychological effect on you.
If the whole family pitches in and cleans together, it will be a very tangible way to claim the house as your new home. It allows everyone to begin with a fresh start and feel excited about putting their mark on their new space.
As a precaution, it would be a good idea to arrange to have a locksmith visit the house as early as possible. If you are employing movers, the process will go much faster, and you could have the locksmith come by that afternoon.
Knowing that you have fresh locks and the only people who will access your home and you and your family will give you a feeling of security. If possible, arrange to have cameras installed as well. Some people prefer to install a smart door lock because they have an in-built camera that can be monitored from any smart device.
There is no guarantee that the previous homeowners will leave their curtains behind. If your home is a new build, you will need to bring curtains. Bring enough curtains for the main living spaces and the bedrooms that will be in immediate use.
This will allow you and your family to retreat at the end of the day and enjoy some privacy. People are always nosy about new neighbors, so having the curtains will allow you to retain your space until you are ready to meet the new neighbors.
Though you must have tested the plumbing, it is unlikely that you know how slippery the bathrooms in the house become due to use. Pack a few non-slip bathmats to ensure that your first shower experiences are uneventful.
This will be especially welcome if you have smaller children bound to be excited and unlikely to be thinking about safety. The non-slip bathmats are a good precaution that is better to have and not need than to need and not have.
This is another item that you will likely not need to use immediately. The plumbing should be in top condition before you move into the house. It is best to have it if it has been a while since the inspection and repairs.
The older the home’s plumbing, the more necessary it is to have the tools required to deal with any unexpected issues that may crop up.
You need enough hangers to put a few in each bedroom until your family is ready to unpack. These hangers will be useful for the clothing in the initial backpacks that you will be living out of the first day or two.
Having these hangers will allow your family to begin their stay with organization. This is a very auspicious start to living in the new house and will hopefully encourage your children to maintain a well-organized room in the future.
Some of these items are intuitive but some may come as a surprise. Few people will immediately think of the need for a bathmat for their new home, but as you can see, it is quite important.
Be sure to remember small items such as flashlights and can openers as well. Flashlights are always handy to have and will come in especially useful if you find that you will need to install the light bulbs. A can opener will allow you to whip up a quick meal without generating too much washing up on your first day.
Meta title:Preparing to Move Into Your First Home
meta desc: Moving into your first home can be a very exciting time. But being a new homeowner also means that you will not be cognizant about what essentials items to prepare for your new home.