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A Guide to Moving Into Your First Home: Part 2

By Shantell Lorraine Nicole Russell   |  April 9, 2015

Make sure that the move to your first home goes well by taking a few steps and knowing what to expect. Moving day
When the big day finally arrives, the first thing you should always do is not allow yourself to become too stressed. Remind yourself that you have properly planned for a smooth move and while it may be a long day, the final result is something you should look forward to.

Real Simple noted that you should first call the moving company you hired to verify their arrival. If the movers are running late or there is any issue at all, do not panic. Simply ask when the movers will be arriving and make a note about the conversation that you had. You can discuss these inconveniences with the moving company and negotiate compensation after the move. 

Also ensure that your boxes are clearly labeled for certain rooms in your new home and that your handwriting is legible. If you have handwriting that is particularly difficult to read, consider printing off labels from your computer or a label maker to avoid confusion. In addition, you should clearly mark any boxes that contain fragile belongings. If you are nervous about certain items, think about setting these items aside and moving them yourself if you are able. 

When the movers arrive and begin loading their truck you should make sure that they take an inventory of your items and that their list matches yours. 

If you are moving during the winter, there may be a few obstacles that present themselves during this season. U.S. News and World Report recommended considering the following details when moving during the cooler times of the year:

  • Keep your winter supplies easily accessible
  • Dress according to the weather and have multiple layers
  • Know what weather to expect
  • Shovel any snow to make sure there are clear paths between the moving truck and home

It is also especially important to make sure that your heat and hot water have been turned on and are running at your new house. 

During the moving process, do not forget to offer your movers snacks and water. This will help provide sustenance and energy to keep them going. In addition, it is a nice way to show that you appreciate their assistance with your move.

HGTV also recommended walking through the house after all items have been moved out. Ensure that you have not forgotten anything. Check closets, cabinets and other spaces before leaving. Also make sure that no damage has been caused during the moving process.

When you are finally ready to head to your new home, provide the movers with your cellphone number in case anything occurs during the move.

Essential items for your new home
When you move into a house, there are a few items you will need to invest in. Buy any necessary items that you do not already have as soon as you move. 

Living in an apartment meant that when issues arose you would call your landlord to remedy the situation. Now that you have a home of your own, any malfunction is your responsibility to fix. Because of this, it is important that you have the following basic tools on hand:

  • Hammer
  • Plunger
  • Flat-head and No. 2 Phillips screwdrivers 
  • Tape measure
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pliers

As you continue living in your new home you may find additional tools are necessary. 

It is important to have cleaning supplies on hand as well. Purchase an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner and sponges. Also invest in a broom, dustpan, vacuum and mop to help keep your new floors clean. These materials are easy to find and important to always have on hand to keep your new house tidy.

Make sure that you stock your home with other essentials. Go through each room in your home and make a list of whatever items are necessary. For example, your bathroom will need towels and hand soap and your kitchen will need pots, pans and other cooking supplies. Remember to account for items that you already have even if you do not have all belongings unpacked yet. 

Making your newly purchased house a home  
Before decorating your first home you should establish a color scheme or style that you would like for your new house. Know whether you like warm or cool colors and modern- or vintage-style furniture. This will help you create a welcoming environment that reflects your personality and what you want out of a home. 

It is also important to establish a budget before purchasing any new furniture or decorative items. Stick to your budget and consider re-upholstering old furniture yourself or creating your own decorative elements to save some money. 

When you move into your first new house it can be a little intimidating. Remember that there are ways to help the process move smoothly and that you should have fun decorating and creating your very first home. 

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