First Things First: 5 Things to do When Arriving at Your New Home
1. Unpack your essentials box. We’ve tackled the importance of packing an “essentials” box. This box includes everything you will need for your first night at home (toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, drinking glasses, medications, etc.). This box should be easy to find—label it clearly or use a specific colored tape on the outside.
2. Clean. It’s always nice to start fresh in a new home. Plus, your home will be easy to clean before your furniture and boxes arrive. Since you won’t have furniture to move or area rugs covering the place, this is the best time to clean. Also, don’t forget to run an empty load in the dishwasher and laundry, dust the ceiling fans, clean out the refrigerator and wipe out the cupboards. It’s a lot of work, but there’s no better feeling than a clean house!
3. Paint. Like cleaning, painting is easiest to do when there is no furniture to move or cover.
4. Hang window treatments. This is a step that often gets overlooked. Hang up window treatments, such as blinds or curtains, so your neighbors can’t see inside your home. Both you and your neighbors will be grateful for the privacy!
Meet the neighbors. Speaking of neighbors—stop by and say hello! It’s never too early to make friends!