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Eight Tips for Getting Settled in a New House

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Becoming a homeowner is a very exciting accomplishment, but getting settled into a new house can be difficult. Since the home you recently purchased likely fits into your lifestyle and has some of your desired amenities, the next step is to make it your own. These tips can help when turning a house into a home.


Becoming a homeowner is a very exciting accomplishment, but getting settled into a new house can be difficult. Since the home you recently purchased likely fits into your lifestyle and has some of your desired amenities, the next step is to make it your own. These tips can help when turning a house into a home.

1. Change your address - New homeowners should be sure to officially change their address through the United States Postal Service while also redirecting magazines and other subscriptions to their new home. While you may not want bills to come, having them sent to the correct address is necessary to keep up with monthly payments.

2. Transfer services - Speaking of bills, make sure you have service turned off at your former house and connected at the new house. If moving to a similar area or within service boundaries, you may just need to have your electricity, water, cable and internet transferred. You should set these dates well in advance, as it may be difficult to schedule them at the last minute.

3. Have a list of tasks - When packing and moving, keeping a list of things to do upon arriving at the new house may be difficult, but you could forget some important tasks without one. Be as detailed as possible and stay organized for an easier unloading. Keep this list handy to avoid packing it away in moving boxes.

4. Arrange the furniture - Movers will likely offer to place your furniture where needed, and moving heavy pieces may be difficult to do on your own. The most prepared homeowners will have already taken measurements and compared them to the new home's floor plan, so movers can place them in the right spot.

5. Make sure it's safe - While you may already be aware of a home's safety features, it's important to make sure the locks have been replaced, as previous homeowners or friends and family members may have additional keys. You should also replace gate, garage and security system codes with your own for optimal safety. Don't forget to replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

6. Make small improvements if needed - If buying a newly constructed property, you won't likely need to make any improvements or repairs. Even in a new home, you may want to repaint bedrooms or common living areas to make them your own, and doing so can make moving a fun process for children who may be less than excited about relocating. To be more eco friendly, you may want to invest in swapping standard light bulbs throughout your home with greener options.

7. Introduce yourself to the neighbors - Some neighbors may be very welcoming and approach you first, but you should make it a point to introduce yourself when getting settled into your new house. This can make run-ins less awkward, and being on good terms with neighbors is great if you're new to the area and in need of advice or direction.

8. Unpack and relax - Moving day can be stressful, so you may benefit from resting a full day before you begin to unpack. After unloading boxes and getting items situated, you should celebrate homeownership by going out to dinner or breaking in the kitchen with a family meal. Hosting a housewarming party can also be a fun activity, but make sure everyone is settled in and comfortable first.

For consumers interested in new homes for sale in Florida, it's important they know how to move through the process. GL Homes can help consumers know what the latest trends are for homes in Florida so they know exactly what they want in their new home.