07 Mar 2017
You’ve just crossed the threshold of your new home and you’re feeling like the lord or lady of the manor. But what can you expect from your first few weeks, aside from the odd nosy neighbour calling around for a look at the new guy or girl.
The first month is a chance to settle into your surroundings, to see what you need and (more importantly) what you want for your new place.
You’ll be surrounded by cardboard boxes
After all the upheaval, nobody wants to start unpacking boxes straight away. You’ll root through them for a can opener or other essentials but lots of your boxes will probably be squeezed under beds or stuffed into cupboards.
When you finally unpack, you’ll probably find at least one box that’s moved with you three times but has never been opened. Unless it’s filled with family heirlooms or magic beans, it should probably go in the shiny new bin that’s just been delivered.
You’ll discover things that you didn’t expect
No matter how much research you do, there’ll always be a few surprises after moving. How were you to know that a bell-ringing society practised twice a week in the church next door?
The key to a happy life is to decide what can be fixed, whether it needs to be done immediately, and what things you may need to accept.
Your survey of a pre-existing property should hopefully ensure that there are no major structural defects with your home. If you’ve built your house, there are options that you can pursue if you’re not entirely happy with the building work.
It might feel a bit strange at first
It’s amazing how accustomed we get to a house so don’t be surprised if you feel a bit disorientated after moving. This is entirely natural.
Anyone who has ever moved house has at some stage spent five minutes looking for a light switch in a darkened hallway or room. It takes a while to get your bearings and a good sense of the place but it doesn’t take long for it to feel like home.
Owning a home isn’t cheap
Buying a home is a great investment but it can be a costly process in the early days. Getting essential items, doing repairs, paying service charges and everything else can leave your bank account reeling within weeks of the move.
Set yourself a budget and start putting some money aside for an emergency fund. Before too long, you’ll have a better grasp of your outgoings and a safety net in place for unexpected expenses.
People constantly ask about the housewarming
Moving house means that a lot of people will ask you about the house warming, usually in a jokey “Amn’t I only hilarious?” way. Meanwhile, you’re still trying to carve a path through the mountain of cardboard boxes in your living room.
Don’t feel pressured to have a shindig before you’re ready. Although if your friends are all party animals, you might want to host the house warming when your valued belongings are safely packed away.
You’ll need new things
Almost as soon as you move in, you’ll find a growing list of things that your new home needs. It can be tempting to kit your new place out with an expensive shopping spree but there’s no panic.
Get essentials but don’t try to refurbish your entire home in one sitting. Get some items that will last the test of time but don’t be afraid to defer a purchase, buy second-hand items, or get a stopgap option when you first move in. You have plenty of time to create your ideal home so there’s no need to rush it.
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