Moving into a new home is more than just relocating. It can feel overwhelming and emotional packing your life into boxes and leaving the home you’ve made tons of memories in. But, once you’ve said goodbye to your old home and labeled your boxes, that’s when the fun really begins.
There’s a lot more to settling into a new home than just transporting boxes from point A to point B. Each new chapter in life will have its challenges, but taking the time to prepare can ensure a much smoother transition. Here are 7 tips for settling your family into your new home.
1. Change your address
Sometimes simple things like changing your address can slip through the cracks during the chaos of moving. Make it official by filling out a change of address form through the United States Postal Service. You can change your address online through USPS for a $1 fee. Also, make sure to update your address with the government, here is a complete list of all the agencies you’ll need to update.
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Social Security Administration (SSA) – Change your address online using your my Social Security account if you receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits or are enrolled in Medicare. If you don’t receive Social Security benefits or Medicare, contact the SSA.
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Contact the VA if you are a veteran who receives benefit payments or you wish to update your records.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – Contact USCIS if you are a non-U.S. citizen who is required to register your address.
- State Motor Vehicle Agencies – Contact your state to change your address on your driver’s license or motor vehicle registration.
- State Election Offices – Contact your state election office to change your address on your voter registration record.
2. Transfer services
Make sure services at your old house have been cut off and transferred to your new home. If you’re moving to a similar area within service boundaries, your electricity, water, cable, and internet access should be easily transferable. However, if your new home is in a completely new district, make sure to shop around for the best available services and schedule a time for them to be set up.
3. Make it safe
Safety is usually not the first thing on your mind while settling into a new home, but it should be high up on your to-do list. Your family’s wellbeing depends on the security of your new residence. Ensure your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers are all up to date and working properly. And, if you’re moving into a previously owned home, it’s important to call a locksmith and have all the outside door locks and garage door openers changed.
4. Personalize the space
Once the boring, yet highly important, stuff is complete, you can have some fun! You will feel much more settled in your new home once you personalize it. Paint a wall, hang some photos, or put out some fresh flowers. A few small tweaks can make a house really feel like a home—and not just A home, YOUR home.
5. Meet your neighbors
Go out of your way to introduce you and your family to the people in your community. Being on good terms with neighbors and other prominent community members is always great when you’re new to the area. They can help you with the adjustments, share their favorite places around town, give you advice, and keep an eye on your home when you’re away! Plus, making new friends will definitely help you settle in nicely.
6. Get to know the area
Take a drive or walk around your new neighborhood. Find the local markets, gas stations, banks, hospital, post office, shops, etc. Discover the area around your new abode by exploring—not only will it be a fun adventure for your family, but it will also help you feel more at home.
7. Host a housewarming party
Sharing your new place with all of your family and friends will truly make you feel at home. Host a housewarming party and enjoy being a new homeowner! You can even invite those new neighbors you already introduced yourself to. A housewarming party is a great chance to get to know them, or at least let them know you’d like to.
Settling into a new home is a major adjustment; it doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t panic, though! Following these 7 tips will help make the moving process as smooth and stress-free as possible, and your custom house will feel like home in no time.
Sandy Spring Builders is here to help you every step of the way with the transition into your new home. We don’t just build houses, we build futures! Don’t hesitate to ask for our professional advice when settling in. Contact us here with all your questions and concerns.