You have dreamed of what your new dream home would look like, how you would add your persona touch and the great feelings you would have once you have moved to the new address. But let’s face it, moving into your dream home can be a daunting task. Between unpacking, cleaning, and trying to find that one item that you can’t remember which box it’s in, it may feel like you’ve lost your mind in a sea of Bubble Wrap.
That’s why I wanted to share with you five simple things that you can do during the first month in your new home. These may feel like small tasks that can wait, but really, they’ll help you sleep better at night and make your new place feel less like a house and more like your home.
This handful of to-dos walks you through each of those tasks and why you should tackle them first and foremost.
1. Change the Locks
Security is the No. 1 concern for most people in a new environment. You can easily switch out your locks and deadbolts to your new home to protect your valuables and your family.
Now’s the time to consider the finish, and the options are endless. When it comes to exterior locks, make sure you choose something that looks timeless and can be cleaned easily.
A new security system is also a good idea. The options for this are endless as well. Systems with online monitoring, smartphone compatibility, thermostat control, and even video monitors for the interior including the baby nursery are super helpful. Even if that room is empty now, it might not be in the future – so go ahead and secure it!
2. Remove Toilet Seats
Some folks may think it’s unnecessary to replace toilet seats, but my point here is to simply remove them. By removing your toilet seats, you can really deep clean under the bolts and hinges where the “yucks” like to hide. Your goal is to make sure your royal throne is YOU-worthy.
You can reinstall your existing seat or opt to shop for a new one. New versions with night-lights, padding, or even child-sized attachments are available. Either way, you’ll know your favorite seat in the house is ready for your entire family.
3. Change the Air Filters
Changing an air filter is a three-minute task, and it should be done right after moving into a new home – even if the previous owners swear the chore was just done. Changing out a filter can help improve the performance of your air conditioning and furnace and help with any allergens in the home.
This inexpensive fix can also save you money! The U.S. Department of Energy says that replacing your dirty air filter with a new one can lower your A/C’s energy consumption by 5 percent to 10 percent.
It’s a good idea to establish a date when you put it in the filter so you can be sure you know when to change again throughout the year.
Also, take the time to test and change out batteries in all your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These are often tested during inspections, but the batteries can die and tampered-with units aren’t uncommon, especially if a house was left vacant. A lot of people incorporate this task with time changes so it is done a few times a year.
4. Update Your Front Door
Painting your front door (or freshening it up with a coat of oil if it’s wood) or replacing the front door with a new, updated design can show your new neighbors that you’ve arrived on the block and are investing in your home.
If you decide to paint, it is so easy! Once you do proper prep work, which includes sanding the surface, make sure you pick an exterior-grade paint and use a high-quality bristle brush to give it multiple thin coats for the best coverage. It’s a great time to show off your personal style, and these days any color goes, but if you are in a neighborhood with an HOA, make sure to get your new color or door approved based on guideline.
Every day you walk in through your newly made-over door, you’ll feel welcomed into your new home and inspired to keep creating a space you love.
5. Choose Your Signature Scent
Every house has a smell. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that “other people smell” that’s definitely not your own particular brand of aroma. Even if the smell isn’t bad, it just isn’t yours, and that makes you feel like an intruder in someone else’s space. Make your dream home even more dreamy by filling it with your signature scent.
Don’t have a signature scent? Check out a candle store or the air-freshener aisle to peruse the options, and then regularly use your favorite in your new home.
In homes that have particularly distressing “stanks,” try getting the carpets cleaned before moving in the furniture. It can eliminate the smell as well as remove allergens, dirt, and stains.
Article inspired by www.houselogic.com