Before you start making it your own, however, here are some tips on how to proceed.
1- Change the locks
You don’t know who (or how many people) had access to the house before you, so make sure that you change the locks as soon as you move in.
2- Invest in new toilet seats
Perhaps it might sound silly, but I’m sure you can think of a few reasons why this would be a good idea. The bathroom is an intimate part of the home and well worth the investment.
3- Paint & change floors before moving in
Most often the big decision is whether to make small changes to the home before you move in all your belongings. The most common changes that you want to complete before moving in those couches is the flooring and painting.
Painting can be a relatively quick job (done over a weekend, or perhaps a week). It’s also a hassle to paint around all your furniture. So if you have the opportunity to paint before moving in, then it is strongly recommended.
Flooring is another renovation that should be completed before moving in. Since the room needs to be empty to change the floor, it makes sense to hold off on moving everything in until the floors are finished.
4- Declutter your belongings
Take advantage of the move to get rid of clutter or items that you no longer need or want. The more stuff that you throw out before you move, the less stuff that you need to move (and unpack).
5- Hold off on major purchases
Moving into a home is typically an expensive transaction. All of your money has gone towards the down-payment or legal/moving costs. You most likely do not have a lot of money left over.
A good reason not to make any major purchases as soon as you move in is because you will most likely be buying on credit since all your money went toward the home purchase.
Before you buy, consider that, if you wait, sometimes you can re-organize or change your mind in regards to what piece of furniture would fit best in a room.
6- Change your mailing address
Redirect your mail via the post office for at least 6 months and call to have your address changed when the redirected mail begins arriving.
Change your address with government agencies, credit card companies and banks.
Finally, if you haven’t already done so, call the cable, gas, water, phone, and electric companies to get set up.
7- Change your mailing address
– Make sure you have a well-equipped tool box handy and hook up the stereo/TV first so you have some entertainment at your disposal while you unpack.
Once you’re music is cranked up and your jamming to some Bob Marley, assemble the bed so that you at least have somewhere to sleep at the end of the day.
8- Make nice with those around you
Although we live in an increasingly anti=social world, I recommend that you introduce yourself to the new neighbours as soon as you have an opportunity.
If you have any other tips, please feel free to leave your comments.
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