Sep 16, 2011

How to Make Your New House a Home

Have you just moved into a new place and are now trying to work out what you can do to make it feel like home? New places can often seem really foreign and be difficult to adjust to; sometimes you might even start to doubt whether this new move was even a good idea at all. There’s no need to worry however, because it is easy to turn any place at all into a cozy home in no time.

1. Unpack straight away.
This might seem obvious, but you’ll find while starting the process of unpacking is easy, it can also be very easy to procrastinate on finishing unpacking: suddenly more than a few weeks have gone by and you are still living out of boxes and suitcases. This will only serve to make the move and transition more difficult. It’s not the most exciting of jobs, but invite a few friends over and get the wine flowing and you’ll have everything out in no time.

2. Add ‘homely’ touches as soon as you can.
Hang up your photos, put out your favourite cushions, stock your
Westinghouse fridge up with the food you love. Surf the Internet and look through sites like tumblr, etsy or pinterest for creative ideas on how to make your new home stand out from all others. Once you have both familiar and new touches out and about, the more content and ‘house proud’ you will feel.

3. Get to know your new neighbourhood.
This is one of the most exciting aspects of moving somewhere new: check out where the nearest supermarket and closest ATMs are, and start the search for your new local café and bar. Explore the restaurants and test out the take-out menus. This can be a fun and exciting project to do with your friends over the period of a number of weeks.

4. Invest in home essentials.
Does your new house have a good shower? Do you need a
Bosch Dishwasher? Are you going to need to purchase a heater? Maybe you would prefer a front loader washing machine to the top loader it has come with. Household appliances such as these play a significant part in making your home life easier and happier, so it is best to try and sort these from the outset.

5. Have a housewarming party and get to know your neighbours.
Don’t delay – getting your friends over as soon as possible so that they can give you many compliments on your new home will make you feel great.It will also pay to get to introduce yourself to your closest new neighbours. You don’t have to become best friends, but having established the contact will come in handy if you need someone to feed your pet for the weekend, or you get locked out and need to get in through the backyard. It’ll also make it easier if you ever have to ask them to keep the noise down or want to warn them about a party you are having. A little groundwork laid now will go a long away.
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