How to feel at home in your new house

There is much stress and excitement that comes with buying a new home. From the legal aspects to the furniture shopping – all of this brings an array of emotions. When you finally move into your new home, you want to make it feel like it is yours as soon as possible. We have some simple tips to make sure this gets done.

Clean up

This applies whether it is a newly built home or a house/flat that had people previously living in it. After moving furniture around and unpacking most or all of your belongings, the house is likely to be dusty. Scents have an impact on the way that we feel, so it would not be a bad idea to use the cleaning products that you used in your previous home. Clean and familiar scents will help you feel more at home.

Bump up the security

A lack of safety is one of the best ways to make anyone uncomfortable in any space. A new area with different people can leave you feeling uneasy while you settle in. Lessen this discomfort by ensuring that you have changed all locks, your alarm system is active, know your immediate neighbours and that your insurance policy is updated. One can never be too safe, especially in an unfamiliar area.

Spend time in your new home

We are living in the 21st century and life just seems to be getting busier by the day and being at home is becoming challenging by the hour. Be that as it may, spending time at home is vital when your aim is to be as comfortable in your new home as possible. Do this by cooking familiar meals in the kitchen, having a braai in your yard and spending time with your family watching all your favourite tv shows. Inviting a guest or two can also help you feel like less of a visitor in your own home.

Decorate a few rooms

Give your house your taste and it will welcome you home. This does not have to break your budget – accessorise a few rooms and you will feel the difference. Adding things as simple as modern photo frames can change the way that you feel in your home. A little bit of paint changes the whole mood of a room. Think about what look and feel you would like for your home and go for it!

Finalise the paperwork

Make sure that the relevant people are aware of the change in your address. This includes your insurer, employer, bank, your service providers, etc. You would have informed most of these parties about your move prior to moving, however there might be some who are not aware. Finalise these nitty gritties to have a peaceful move.

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