When you move into a new house, it can be overwhelming. Between all the packing, unpacking, sorting through stuff, updating your utilities--the list can go on and on--there are a few things that you need to do the first month you are in your new house. Here are 5 of those things:
1. Lock it up--Changing the locks on your new house is an important step. There are numerous looks and finishes. Getting something that looks nice with the outside and inside of your home is the way to go. Also, updating the security system on your home is a good thing at this point too. Protect your biggest investment right away!
2. Remove Toilet Seats--This is a good idea if only to remove them to make sure it is all cleaned completely. You can decide in the seat is clean enough for you or replace it after removing it.
3. Change the Filter--Even if the old owners say they just did this, it's a good idea to change it right away. It will make sure your furnace/air is running efficiently right off the bat. Also, change out the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Then, write down when you did this so you know when things need to be changed in the future!
4. Paint Your Front Door--This is a way to show your neighbors that you have moved in and already are investing in your new home! It also will make you feel "at home" right away when you come in the front door. We liked the color of our new front door, but, we added a door knocker that meant something to us from our old home. We also added an address plate to our mailbox that matched the old knocker. It was nice to put our stamp on something right away!
5. Choose Your Own Signature Scent--A new home has a different scent than your own home. Either "other people" smell or if it is a new house, maybe just a "new house" smell. Even if these smells aren't bad ones, they aren't the smell of YOUR home. Add your own signature scent. Check out some candles or essential oils that you think smell nice and let that smell permeate your home. Soon, it will feel like it is all yours. Of course if the house you bought has bad odors, having the carpets cleaned before you move in is a good way to a new start fresh in your new home!
This blog is inspired by an article that was contributed to HouseLogic.com by Katie and Jeremy Bower, home and lifestyle bloggers for “Bower Power.”