Moving into your first home is exciting. But you’ll soon realize that it’s quite different from apartment living. Fortunately, you can follow these tips for transitioning from an apartment to a house to make the process smoother!
Make Moving Simple
Although you may want to throw all your belongings into a box and drive right to your new home, you must plan accordingly. Make moving simple by creating a game plan to help you and your team transport items.
An essential tip to help plan and prepare for moving day is color-coding your boxes. For example, kitchen items can have a pink sticker on the box, and bathroom accessories can have a blue sticker. Now you can easily place boxes in the correct room without digging through their contents!
Gradually Purchase Furniture
A home is more spacious than an apartment, and finding the right furniture is a fun challenge. However, costs can quickly add up! Think of an interior design vision and gradually purchase furniture. Don’t pressure yourself into filling every room quickly. Take your time and build your dream space.
Become Familiar With the Neighborhood
While searching for homes, you probably assessed the neighborhood. But now that you’re a resident, you should explore the area. Become familiar with your neighbors, visit nearby shops, and see what your neighborhood has to offer. Doing so will help you meet new people and learn about your surroundings.
Create a Maintenance Checklist
A major tip for transitioning from an apartment to a house is to create a maintenance checklist. Typically, your landlord would resolve issues inside your apartment, but this is no longer the case. As a homeowner, you’re the “landlord” and must maintain the space. Here are some checklist suggestions:
- Change the HVAC filter.
- Test the smoke detectors.
- Inspect plumbing system.
- Clean the gutters.
- Deep clean the home.
Don’t Forget About Outdoor Tasks
Along with being your own “landlord,” you also take on the role of a landscaper. Purchase a few tools for yard maintenance. For instance, you can buy a lawnmower, rake, gardening tools, and anything you need to take care of the exterior. And don’t forget to add outdoor tasks to your maintenance checklist!