The buying process is over, and the moving truck has delivered your household goods to your new property. Now it’s time to unpack and turn your new house into a home.
Here are five tips to get you through the labour-intensive process a little easier:
Divide the work
You have friends and family who are willing and able to help – get them involved. As the saying goes, many hands make light work, so give each person a list of jobs that they can do to help. Ideally, it is best to start with the larger jobs first, such as placing the furniture and then working down to the smaller things like unpacked boxes. Try and set up at least one room as quickly as possible so that the helpers have a place to put their feet for a much-deserved break during the process.
Make safety a priority
The first few days in a new home can feel a little strange. Making sure that everyone feels safe in their new environment will help them to feel settled sooner. Check all the doors and windows to ensure that they lock properly. Also, make sure that each family member has a set of keys to the property. If you think it is best to change any of the locks, schedule a locksmith and change the codes to any coded entry points, such as automated garage doors and security systems. Additionally, ensure you know where the circuit breaker is and how it works.
Get the paperwork done
Don’t wait until the last minute, get the paperwork done sooner rather than later. Update all your accounts and utilities with your new details. Fill out a change of address with your bank and employee and ensure that all the relevant service providers and creditors have your new address on record. Remember also to make the time to change the address on your driver’s license. Don’t pressure yourself to do all of this in one go, but the sooner you get them done, the more settled you will feel.
Make it yours
Changing the colour of the walls and putting up your personal items will make the house feel like a home and can make the rest of the unpacking a much more pleasant experience.
Take time to breathe
There is no rush; it does have to all be done at once. Take some time out to have a family dinner, watch a movie or go on a social outing. Or just relax, step outside to meet the neighbours and take time to enjoy your new surroundings.
SOURCE: Re/Max of South Africa