If you have recently closed on one of the Penticton homes for sale, here are some tips for how to settle into your new home.
Put together a packing plan
It’s a good idea to plan out how you will pack and unpack before you buy moving boxes and start the packing process. Your entire moving process will go more smoothly if you keep your belongings organized from the start.
Label your boxes by room and box your belongings by room. Place all boxes in their proper room as you unload them. This is a system that keeps your new home less cluttered and confusing. It also allows you to decorate each room in a more enjoyable manner.
Keep important documents in one place
Put all important banking and insurance documents in one container. Include your family pictures in the same box. It’s best to take this container with you personally even if you have a moving company helping you.
Once you have everything moved into the new house, make a place for all important documents. This allows you to stay organized as you’re getting settled.
Unpack in an orderly fashion
It’s impossible to unpack everything in one day. Decide which rooms are your priority and start there. The kitchen is an obvious first place to start. Getting your kitchen sorted out sooner than later means saving money on expensive takeout meals. It also allows your family a natural place to congregate together.
If you have children, make their rooms the next priority. Moving is often tougher on children and having their rooms unpacked will help them move through the transition more smoothly. The next room should be your room so that you are settled and getting quality rest during the rest of the unpacking process.
Fill out change of address forms & get utilities switched over
Provide the post office the needed change of address form. Get in touch with your bank and let them know your new address. If you have moved across state lines, then you need to make sure you get your vehicle title and registration information updated for the new state.
Don’t forget about utilities. Contact the needed services and utilities such as water, electricity, cable, gas, Internet and phone companies. Most of these service companies allow you to do these changes online.
Help pets and children adjust
Moving is hard for children and pets. Give your kids any time they need to familiarize themselves with the layout of the home before you get them unpacking. Allow your pets the chance to smell and explore the home and yard before they spend their first night there.
Keep your children involved in the unpacking process. Allow them to organize and set up their rooms so they have a sense of involvement. Allow them to take ownership of unpacking and decorating family spaces so they feel as though they are contributing to their new living spaces.
Keep your pets in a quiet area as you move and get unpacked. Give them familiar objects and toys. Provide them plenty of attention and affection so they feel safe in their new home.
Get a regular routine moving along quickly
Be careful that the move doesn’t get your life bogged down. Remove empty boxes swiftly in order to remove any sense of disorder. Get through the unpacking process quickly and get your rooms decorated so you and your family can start enjoying the new home.
Getting into normal routines and activities sooner than later helps everyone in the family feel settled. The more quickly you all feel like the new home is a normal part of your lives, the more quickly stress will lessen.
Meet the neighbors
Take time to introduce yourself and your family to the neighbors. Explore the community as a family so everyone becomes familiar with where everything is. This helps you start to feel as though you belong in your new space.
Enjoy your new home
Going through the moving process comes with natural anxiety and stress. Take time to relax as you unpack and get your home decorated. Enjoy all the wonderful features that got you excited when you made the decision to buy the home.
You might need to remind yourself of the excitement you felt when you closed on the home as you’re going through the stress of moving in. Give yourself the chance to fall in love with your new home all over again.