Becoming a new homeowner is a big step: you’ve checked the neighbourhood, gone through the house, set up the utilities, and signed all the papers but there’s still some big upcoming responsibilities that can sometimes be overwhelming. To ease your worries, we’ve put together a list of 6 smart tips for new homeowners that can make this transition easy for you and your family. Follow along and get ready to settle into your new home!
Colour Coordinated Packing
This is one smart tip that may seem obvious but gets forgotten A LOT! Use colourful garage sale stickers, or multi-coloured masking tape to match each moving box with its final destination. This will be a huge help as you’ll easily be able to tell which box is ending up where, even from a distance. Create a legend (eg. Blue = Master Bedroom, Yellow = Kitchen, etc.) that will not only help you, but any movers or friends helping unload. Go one step further and buy a few big, permanent markers to label boxes with their contents. This will prevent the inevitable opening of a dozen wrong boxes before finding the one that actually contains coffee mugs.
Once you have all of your boxes marked, labelled, and taped up it’s time to put them on the moving truck. If you’re loading your items without a moving company, this new homeowner smart tip will save you a lot of headaches! Be sure to load your truck with all the low priority items first – these should be things that you can live a few days without. If you don’t unload everything on the first day, at least you’ll have some necessities to get you through the first night with no worries. Keep important items like like bedding, basic kitchen wares, and towels for the very end. Just remember: Last In, First Out.
Pack “Vacation” Bags
It’s not a bad idea to pack a duffel bag or small suitcase for each member of the family as though you’re going on a weekend road trip. Pack a change of clothes, toiletries, a towel, and set of pjs that will get you through your first night without having to open a single moving box. We also recommend packing a few snacks, disposable dinnerware, phone chargers, and even a couple camp chairs in the car which can make for an easy move-in break!
Before you start unpacking and moving all your stuff into your new space, give it a good thorough clean. This is the absolute best time to really get in every nook and cranny before the space is filled with stuff. When you have an empty house things like flooring, baseboards, cabinets and shelving are much easier to clean. We guarantee that you will not regret taking this time to start with a clean slate. If this task seems too daunting, you may want to consider hiring a professional service to come in after closing the house and before you move in.
Move-in Day Dumping Ground
This another smart tip that can save new homeowners a lot of headache and wasted time during the hectic move-in date. When you come into the house, prioritize the rooms and keep one low-priority area as a ‘dumping ground’. This is an area that doesn’t need to be used immediately like a spare bedroom, or the basement. Use this space to put everything you can’t make a 5-second decision on, and come back to it later when you’re more settled in and rooms have been organized.
Create a Prioritized List
It happens to all new homeowners, the minute you walk in to your new home your mind will be racing with to-dos. Although your excitement is understandable, you need to keep this overwhelming task list at bay while you make your move. We suggest keeping a notebook in a central location so that you can write down every action item you or your family thinks of throughout the day.
After 24 hours cut the list off, and prioritize each item with a 1, 2, or 3. First priority items should be tasks that need to be completed that week (think safety concerns, cleaning, unpacking essentials, etc). Priority two items are tasks to be completed within the next two months; these are related to organization, maintenance and any remaining unpacking. Priority three tasks should be the non-essentials; these are improvements and projects that you’d like to complete within the year such as renovations, landscaping, and large purchases.
Following these 6 smart tips will help make the transition to your new home so much easier by focusing on the important to-dos and ignoring any time-wasting activities. We hope this next move for you and your family is filled with excitement and joy as you take on all the great, new things that come with this new step. Be sure to follow Marina Homes on Facebook to keep up with our blogs!