We have been talking about different things that make your new house a home. One thing that really helps a strange, new place feel like home is to entertain in it. It may feel odd to you at first to have others over, but once you do you will see and feel the difference in your new place.
Take a Tour - When others come to see your new house for the first time, you automatically take them on a "tour" of everything. This actually forces you to see the positive things of your new place (even if there are a few lingering boxes) and even reignites your excitement for why you moved in the first place. It also gives you a moment to talk about future things you may do in the space, which keeps you dreaming about your home too. All of these things are good for your own perspective.
Family Gatherings - When we moved into our current home, my daughter's wedding was less than a month away, so I worked hard to get as much settled as I could! I wanted it to feel like we had been in the house much longer than we actually had been. When the big day came, it was wonderful to have extended family over to the home the next day! I felt so proud and happy to share it with everyone. Also, when we could have all just our immediate family here for one of our family dinners, it gave the grand kids time to figure out where to play (and run around) and for everyone to adjust to the different space. When all my kids (and their kids) surrounded me in the house, it suddenly was HOME. It's your family that makes a home.
Friends & Neighbors - Casual times, when you can invite a friend over for a visit to just chat, or even talk with a neighbor in your backyard for a bit, will make the new house more a home. The more you relax with others in the space, the more casual and comfortable you will feel as well.
Overnight Guests - Another way to make the place feel more "homey" is to have family or friends as overnight guests. When you spend time making sure they have all their needs met and make them comfortable, when they leave, you will even feel more settled with just your family in the house as well.
Anytime you can add special moments and memories with others in your house, the more it will become home. So don't wait to invite people over. Even if your renovation isn't quite done, or you still have a few boxes in places, you will be so glad you took the time to share your lovely new home with others!
Until Next Time!
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Mother of Managing Broker