Moving to a new home is a huge step in anyone’s life and can easily overwhelm you. Before you even begin packing you have to figure out what to bring with you and what to get rid of as well as necessities and decorations you need to buy for your new place. Rest assured if you take it one step at a time, you can make this a simpler transition. To make it easier, we’ve outlined the best moving tips below.
How to Decide What to Bring
Before packing, you must sort through your things and decide what you want to keep and what to purge. This will not only save you time in packing and unpacking but make the move itself a bit easier and quicker with fewer boxes to transport. This is especially true for those moving out of state. If downsizing to a smaller home, purging is a must as you will have less space for your things in your new home.
Closets, garages, and other spaces with less traffic and ample storage are a great place to start as they usually contain items that aren’t used or even seen on a daily basis. Make a list of each space you intend to go through and allow yourself enough time to do so without rushing. Take stock of the amount of space and the rooms you will have available in your new home as you decide on what to keep and what to get rid of.
What to Buy for Your New Home
A new custom home may require buying new essentials or simply more of something you already have, such as window treatments or bathroom supplies. If moving to a larger home, you will need more things for extra rooms and space you are not used to having. Below is a list of the top things to consider buying for your new home.
Drapes or Blinds
With a new house comes new windows. Of course, your current curtains and window coverings will suffice to an extent, but if you have extra windows in your home or different size windows, new treatments will likely be needed.
Trash Cans and Bags
Putting a trashcan in every room of your home is extremely helpful for cleaning purposes as paper and waste can accumulate in no time. Look for trash can sets for a consistent look for your whole home. You may even want to consider motion-sensor and handsfree trash options for certain rooms of your home, like the kitchen and bathrooms, to prevent the spread of germs.
A plunger, shower curtain, floor mats, and the like will be needed for every bathroom you have. Additionally, you may want to stock up on toilet paper and new towels as things will undoubtedly get lost or be hard to find during the move, and as you unpack.
Making your new home safe and secure is a top priority when moving. Security systems come with a variety of features so you can choose one that best suits your family’s needs. You will also need to invest in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as a fire extinguisher if your new home does not already have one. Security cameras are also a great option for keeping an eye on your home.
To update your home with the latest modern touches, you will want to consider investing in smart technology such as a smart thermostat for better energy use or a smart doorbell that allows you to see who is at the door or when a package arrives. Many opt to purchase a virtual assistant for their home like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo with Alexa. Aside from smart technology, you may need more basic items like batteries, extension cords, surge protectors, and more.
Extra rooms require furniture to fill it. You may even need different furniture to fit a certain space that your current piece cannot. You might also want certain rooms to pull double duty, such as a guest bedroom/home office combo, and need furniture that fits and works well together for that space.
Last but not least, you will certainly need cleaning supplies for your new home. One of the pros of new construction homes is that they are brand new and clean, but dirt accumulates quickly and you will need a broom, mop, disinfectant spray, and more before you know it. Once again, it is essential to consider the features of your new home. If you are moving into a home with higher ceilings, you will want to get a duster that allows you to reach the top corners. Or you may have a different flooring that requires a wax or finishing product to maintain its beauty.
How to Decorate Your New Living Space
You can go ahead and start thinking of how you will want to decorate your new home before you move. Since you designed this home to your liking, you can likely choose pieces for certain areas rather confidently. Choose consistent colors and select decor pieces that compliment the style of your home whether traditional, modern, or somewhere in between. If you’ve added many architectural design elements to your home, then minimalistic decor could make those features shine. If decorating isn’t your thing, you can also enlist the help of an interior designer or decorator to help you pick out furniture and accessories.
Moving into a Custom Home
We hope our tips have been helpful as you plan your move. If you are considering moving to Charlotte, NC, and are interested in a custom home for your family, contact us to schedule a consultation today.