Your first move is one of the most exciting steps to take in your adult life. Wouldn’t it be nice to just put down your bags, relax, and have a glass of wine to celebrate? That’s not in the cards, however, as there is plenty of work to do before you make it your home. Here are some projects to settle in with speed, style, and safety in mind.
Change Your Official Address
Perhaps the most important are the utilities: water, gas, and electricity. Ideally, this should have been done before you moved so that everything is humming when you arrive and you’re not left unpacking in the dark. The experts at Moving.com recommend letting them know two weeks before you unlock the door to your new palace.
Check the Safety Features
Next, take a tour of the house and find the circuit breaker so you’re not left searching all over the home when the power goes out. It’s normally located in the garage, basement, or a storage room. The main water shutoff valve should be located in the basement or on an outside wall. Test it to make sure you can turn the knob with your hands.
Carry Out Basic Maintenance
It’s also useful to take a tour of the house with a close eye on the floors. Does the hardwood look like it needs refinishing? You may not have noticed that during the open house -- or the walls for that matter. Any painting should be done now to avoid any hard-to-remove stains on your furniture when it’s all in place.
Add Your Personal Touch
Rugs are another way to set the tone and differentiate one room from another, and they can even serve as the basis for your color scheme as long as they don’t clash with the walls and the furniture. Don’t forget to add a touch of the natural with some plants, which can be easily moved around, and adopt a new look with a different pot, say the stylists at Vogue.
Transform Your Yard
Now that you’re finished, it’s time for that glass of wine. Be careful not to spill it on that carpet. After all, stains were not a part of your decorating plans!
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