Make Your New House a Home Before Moving In

Friday, October 7, 2022


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Making your new house a home can often be tricky before moving into it entirely. Especially for the kids. Here are a few ideas to help you settle in and before your transition.
Have it Cleared of Pests

Many homes, even modern ones, can become easily infested with pests. Often these include rats, mice, and termites. But can also include mosquitoes, spiders, and fleas if there are animals present. Moving into a new home, it will probably have been cleaned. But it's unlikely it will have been treated for pests. And with moving as stressful as it is, you don't want the added nightmare of living among insects. So have an exterminator take a look around before you move in.
Consider the Air Quality

Air quality is vastly underrated in our homes. Poor air quality can lead to severe health conditions. Luckily, it only takes a few seconds to change your air filters. This will not only improve airflow, but it will also keep your air system or HVAC from using more energy to pump out lower-quality air. Learning about your heating, cooling, and ventilation system before moving in will help you stay comfortable in your new home and keep your family as healthy as possible.
Make Your New House a Home with Fire Safety

Nothing is more important than making sure that your new home is safe for everyone. Over 40% of fire deaths in the United States occur in homes without smoke alarms. So always check to see if the smoke alarms in your new home are working. You can usually test smoke alarms by pressing the middle button on the device. And if you find one isn't working or you aren't sure, you can simply replace the batteries as easily as you would your TV remote.
Arrange Your Furniture

When you move to a new house, you often get more space. For example, your new house might have space for a family dining room or that home office you've always wanted. Because there is so much space and so many choices, it might be best to take it one room at a time. Put together the new things you ordered ahead of time and move in the items you want to keep. This way, it feels right away like home. Preparing the kids' rooms will also make them happier.
Become a Member of the Neighborhood

It's fine if you don't like to talk to many people. But getting to know the neighborhood before you move can help you a lot. So don't be afraid to go over and introduce yourself to your neighbors. You can also walk or drive around to find good places, such as parks, stores, and restaurants. Another easy way to make your new town feel like home is by taking part in local events like fundraisers and school events. And you can keep up with events by reading the local paper.

It always helps to take steps to make your new house a home before moving in. Some ideas include having it checked by an exterminator, checking safety devices, and being neighborly.

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