Moving can be an incredibly stressful process, but it’s also a positive experience because you get to enjoy a new home when all is said and done. There are a few steps, in particular, you should take after your belongings have been transferred to your new space and you’re trying to get comfortable.
Firstly, take a moment to appreciate that you’ve made it this far, and stay hopeful that it won’t be long before your new house feels like home to you and your family. Importantly, remember to have fun with this project and get excited about all the possibilities for what you can do with your new space.
Inspect Your Items & Boxes for Damages
If you’ve hired a moving company to help you, then it’s worth your time and energy to inspect your belongings and the boxes for any damages. You never know what may have been broken or damaged while your items were being transferred from one location to the next. If you do find anything that doesn’t look right, take pictures and be sure to report your findings to the moving company and insurance if you have it and then file a claim.
Decorate & Furnish Your Space
Another important aspect you’ll want to address after moving into a new home is to decorate and furnish your space. If you have more rooms to deal with than your previous house, you may want to go out and purchase new furniture. Before you shop, go online to learn more about the reasons why having a furniture protection plan is in your best interest. Take it one day at a time and make sure you’re not simply creating more clutter, but making your home look polished and put together.
Confirm Your Utilities are up & Running
Another task you’ll want to address right away after moving in is to get your utilities up and running. First and foremost, make sure you have electricity, gas and running water in your new home pretty quickly, and you’ll feel a lot better about your situation. You’ll likely want to take a shower after having been through a move and may even want to rest and watch television before tackling all that’s in front of you.
Scope out the Neighborhood & Meet the Neighbors
Take time to scope out the neighborhood and meet your neighbors after having moved into a new home. Go exploring and see what shops and restaurants are nearby that you might want to check out. Also, show your friendly side by going around and introducing yourselves to people in the area. You never know who you might meet, whether it is a new friend or someone you can count on to watch your house when you’re out of town.
Try not to allow yourself to panic too much as you pack up and move houses. While there is a lot to address, you have time to get settled once in your new space. Use these tips to know what you should be taking care of so you can have a good experience overall.
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