Moving house can be so exciting and can improve your life so much. But there’s no denying that those first few weeks in a new house are strange and sometimes discomforting! In order to squeeze as much comfort from your new home as possible, you should make it a priority to make it really feel like your own as soon as possible. Here are some amazing tips that will help you do just that.
When people hear the term ‘neutralize’, they tend to think of destruction. I’m not advising you to nuke your house in order to make it feel like home – that seems somewhat counterproductive. What I mean is that you should make the home feel and smell completely neutral when you first get there. Sure, you may expect that your landlord or the previous tenants gave the place a good clean, but you can’t be too sure! So get your familiar cleaning products and get to work. Then open some windows and treat the carpets and furniture with baking soda in order to eliminate any lingering scents.
Get things designed for you
Sometimes we love the look of a new place, but there will always be one thing we much prefer about our last place. Perhaps the house you’re getting has bigger bedrooms, a beautiful living room and dining area, and heck, maybe it even has a home cinema. But maybe there’s just one room that’s a little off. Let’s say it’s the kitchen. There are just certain things about it that irritate you slightly. You miss some of the comforts and conveniences of your old kitchen. In such a scenario, you could look into custom made kitchens. Getting areas designed as per your desires will make them feel a lot less ‘second hand’!
Cook home meals as soon and as often as possible!
Don’t be tempted to start ordering pizza on the first night at the new place! Yes, that day is usually a tough and emotional one. But it also keeps you alienated from your new home by denying you the familiarity that comes with cooking in a home. (Unless you always ordered takeout at your last home, too. Not a very healthy habit, though, I must say.) You should never underestimate the power of resisting temptation and cooking meals for the family throughout your first week. It helps you feel at home so much quicker.
Invite friends and family
I’m not saying that you should throw a massive housewarming party (although, as long as you don’t annoy the neighbors, it’s certainly not a bad idea!). But you should definitely put a priority in getting some familiar faces in your new place when you’re feeling a bit more settled in. It shouldn’t be too hard to convince people to visit; after all, people love seeing the new homes of their friends and family! The major point to remember here is that homes should be where great memories are made. When you invite loved ones over, the development of those memories can really begin.