Moving to a new home is a fun and exciting life moment. The homeownership rate is over 60% in the U.S. That’s a lot of people moving into their own homes.
Buying your first home is an exciting milestone. You’ve found the house, secured your mortgage, and now it’s moving time.
Moving into a new home is an occasion for celebration.
Are you moving into a new home? Here’s how to celebrate!
Family Photo Time
Before you do anything, get some family photos in front of the new place! You’ll love having some great photos to remember this special moment.
Be sure and take lots of “before” photos while the house is empty. Get everyone in on the action, including the pets! Don’t forget your “after” photos when everything is unpacked.
Moving into a New Home
Moving into a new home is one of the most exciting moments in your life. Take a few precautions so you don’t remember it for the wrong reasons.
Safety is important when moving. If you’ve got kids, don’t let them get underfoot. Accidents can happen when parents get busy. If you can, have someone watch the kids.
Professional movers know how to lift and carry. If you’re doing the job yourself, take care when lifting heavy objects. Use proper techniques and you’ll avoid injury.
Are you using cardboard, paper, or throw rugs for floor protection while moving in? Make sure they’re taped down. Tripping with a heavy object in your hand can cause injury.
Be sure the electricity is turned on before the move so there’s plenty of light. You might need heating or AC too depending on when you’re moving.
Unpack and Organize Your Space
It’s tempting to celebrate as soon as everything’s in the house. But don’t lose your momentum! Get everything unpacked and organized first.
Start by putting all boxes in their proper room. This makes the job look smaller and makes it easier from a mental standpoint.
Set up all the beds and put clean bedding on them. Come evening, exhaustion sets in. Don’t save this step until you’re ready for bed! Get your clothes put away in the closet.
Don’t worry about getting everything in perfect order. But get the room set up enough that you can live with it that way for a few weeks.
Once the bedrooms are set, move to the bathroom. Clean the bathroom thoroughly. Get all your toiletries out and ready for use.
Tackle the kitchen next. It takes most people a few days to get the kitchen in working order. Some people even like to remodel their kitchen before they move in.
Most grocery stores now offer healthy, ready-made food to go. Don’t worry about cooking until the kitchen is ready.
There’s nothing better than plopping down on the sofa after a long day of hard work. Get the living/family room set up next. It’ll make the house feel more like home.
It’ll take a few days or longer to get everything unpacked. It doesn’t have to be done all at once. But make it a priority until it’s done. You’ll feel better and more settled.
Break Out the Champagne
You’ve worked all day. You’re exhausted but happy. You can move around the house without tripping. And you’re hungry!
It’s time for your first big celebration. Break out some blankets and put them down on the floor for an indoor picnic. Pop that special bottle of champagne, wine, or a non-alcoholic beverage.
Call for your favorite take-out dinner. Take your time eating and relax for a while. Moving into a new home doesn’t get done in one day.
Be sure and get photos of your picnic!
Dedicate Your Home
Most people dedicate their new home in some way. There are as many types of home dedications as there are people.
Some people like home blessings. Others say a prayer or burn sage. Some people buy a new broom. Traditional Catholics have a priest bless the house. Bringing bread and salt into the home is a Jewish tradition.
Any kind of small ceremony is nice and sets a positive tone for your life in the new place. Do what works best for your family.
Throw a Housewarming Party
Most people wait a few weeks before throwing a housewarming party. But don’t wait too long because it’s a fantastic way to meet your new neighbors.
There are several approaches to housewarming parties. Whichever way you choose, be sure and let the neighbors know at least a week ahead.
A good way to host a housewarming is a weekend day. Pick a four-hour window and do an open house. Friends and neighbors can drop in at whatever time works best for them within the four hours.
Put plenty of finger foods out on the dining room table. Use make-ahead dishes like meatballs. These are super easy and stay warm in a crockpot. A simple toothpick is all that’s needed for eating them.
Don’t worry if the house isn’t perfect yet. Your friends and new neighbors understand. But make sure your guest bathroom is fully prepped and ready for guests.
Put out plenty of toilet paper, cute soaps, air freshener, and extra hand towels. Put a vase of fresh-cut flowers on the counter.
Put lots of throw pillows around the house for people to sit on.
This is your new home, so expect to give lots of tours around the house. People love seeing their neighbors’ homes.
Keep taking photos so these great life moments are well documented. Later, you can make a gallery wall of family photos taken in the new home.
Don’t forget the kids. Include kid-friendly foods and entertainment. Hire a babysitter or two to keep tabs on all the kids. This will make the day less stressful for you.
Enjoy Your New Home!
Moving into a new home is a huge accomplishment. Don’t expect perfection all at once. Take your time and soon things will be the way you want them.
Take lots of photos of the house and family.
Once unpacked, you’re ready for a celebration. Pop the champagne and plan your housewarming party!
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