The First Week in a New Home


Moving to a new residence ranks high on the stress meter, right up there with facing a root canal.  There are things you can do, however, to help cope with the stress while ensuring your new home is livable, and attractive.

Not too long ago, most realtors gave new homeowners a welcome-home guide to inform them of local repair people, nearby hardware and grocery stores, and many other goods and services anyone new to the area would be interested in.  There were neighborhood “Welcome Wagons” consisting of people in the neighborhood who came to the new homeowner’s door with prepared food and a cheery welcome to the neighborhood.  However, these things are rare today and homeowners are often left to themselves to make connections to their new neighborhood. 


Important Things to Do   

Some of the most basic tasks can help your transition to a new home as seamless as possible.  First, make a list of the types of lightbulbs that are used throughout the home and be sure to pick up extra to have on hand if needed.  Also, include a list of appropriate batteries for smoke detectors, remotes, and alarm systems.  Next, have copies of keys made for the house and keep them in a safe place where they can be easily accessed should you lock yourself out.  Remember, do keep not your spare keys inside the home; that defeats the purpose of having a spare key.

Another important task that will help your smooth transition into your new home is to locate water shutoff valves, electrical breaker boxes and familiarize yourself on what they are for and how they work to avoid future delays should any of them malfunction.  Next, locate and save all manuals for the kitchen appliances, the HVAC system and any other household items that you will need to know how to use, clean or maintain.

Even if your home is newly built and you are the first resident, making a list of phone numbers and addresses of local service people like plumbers, electricians, satellite and internet providers can save you aggravation when you need to contact someone in an emergency.


Furnishing your New Home

Before moving your furniture inside, pause and take note of the character of the home considering the layout and the flow.  Then, get a good idea of which pieces you want to keep or get rid of. If you have questions on where to begin with decorating, it is always helpful to look in magazines and research the internet to get an idea of your personal taste and style.  A great place to begin setting up is in the bedroom since this is where you'll spend a third of your time and probably the place that you want to make most comfortable.  Once the heavy pieces are in place, they are probably going to stay there, so try to visualize each room carefully for the optimal furniture placement.  It may be helpful to draw a diagram of each room and what piece of furniture goes in it and where it is to be placed.  Remember, just because the plan labels a space a “bedroom,” doesn’t mean it can’t be used as an office, library, den, or for any purpose that suits your lifestyle.  

Once you've decided on a plan and purpose for each room, you are now ready to purchase any new furniture and move it in along with the pieces you already have. If you are working with a budget, it's best not to buy everything at once, but instead pick a few great items that either express your personal style or choose ones that have great versatility that will last throughout the years.  


Customer Care for Your New Landmark 24 Home  

To make your transition to your new Landmark 24 home even smoother, your closing coordinator is there for you to help with the final details of home warranties and to ensure everything associated with the closing process is taken care of.  Enjoy your new space for many years to come.  Moving is never easy, but it’s worth it.

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