Guest Post by Lisa Seward
Before calling all your friends and family members to invite them to celebrate the purchase of a new home, you should get ready. We are not talking right now about buying wine or cooking your favourite dishes. There are some things you have to do to make sure you won’t be disappointed in your new home in the future.
The first thing that may come to mind is that you will have to clean everything that is left from repairs. You can do it on your own, but if it scares you or makes you bored to death, you may ask for some help cleaners in East London or any other area. Nevertheless, as the site “Moving” recommends, cleaning is not the first task you need to complete.
What to Do Before You Start Celebrating
Unpacking your suitcases and putting your furniture in the right places has to wait, unfortunately. Get yourself together and make sure you are as attentive as you can be. It is great if you can rely on your developer and builders. But even the best companies can make mistakes. That is why you get all the eyes and ears possible and do the following:
- Slowly go through your apartment. Check if all the repairs have been done correctly. Don’t hesitate to touch, push, pull, turn, and see if everything works.
- You must know what you have paid for. For instance, if a dishwasher was included in the final price, have a good look at it, see if it is in good condition.
- Double-check all the fixtures, switches, outlets, and all other odds and ends.
- If something appears to be wrong, don’t be lazy, and call your realtor at once.
- If you have kids or animals, it is better to arrive without them and see if the house is childproof and safe for pets. If you have already come with children, create a special area which your kids won’t be able to get into and put everything dangerous there. You can sort it out later.
- Before moving in, make a plan for where you are going to place this or that thing. Think about heavy and massive furniture at first. It is obvious that you wouldn’t want to move it around later. You don’t have to make a precise plan, but it will be easier for you if you have several general ideas beforehand.
- Before placing your furniture, see if the utilities (electricity, internet, gas, water) are working properly.
- Know exactly where your fuse box and water valve are. It may seem unnecessary for you on the first day, but looking for these things when you desperately need them is no fun.
When you are sure that no additional repairs are required, clean your house from top to bottom. A thorough and full cleaning takes a considerable amount of time, but when it comes to your comfort and, more importantly, health, there is no place for laziness. If you are not sure that you want or can clean your house properly, ask a cleaning company for help.
Making a House a Home
According to “Tepilo” statistics, the British need about four months to start feeling at home. Only 10% of people who took part in the survey confirmed that they began to think of their new accommodation as home as soon as they got the keys.
No wonder that it takes time to get used to your new place. To speed up your adjustment, you can do a deep cleaning on your own. Indeed, when you have cleaned every inch of the home, you can’t help but start feeling a special connection with it.
You may also unpack all your belongings and think about the best way to arrange them in your bedroom or kitchen. Think about how happy and relaxed you will feel here. Buy some cosy decorations that fit your taste – cushions, candles, posters. You have many opportunities to make this place a reflection of your soul and who you really are.
A Key Thing Not to Forget When You Have Already Moved in
When all the smoke detectors have been checked, and your clothes have been put nicely in your wardrobe, don’t forget to say hi to your new neighbours. Of course, that doesn’t mean going from one door to another with a hot pie in your hands.
Just smile and greet them properly if you meet them. Maybe you would like to enter some club? Ask about whatever you are interested in.
We wish you a long, happy life full of extraordinary events and happy surprises in your new home! Congratulations!