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5 Things to Do to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

House in Sanibel FloridaMoving into a new house can be an exciting experience. Once you’ve made the initial move, it can feel like there’s so much to do that you don’t even know where to start. Here are some tips to help you navigate your move and make it as smooth as possible.

Get to know the area (and the neighbors)

During a stressful time like moving into your new home, it’s important that you take breaks. One thing you could do that takes advantage of the perfect fall weather is going for a stroll around your neighborhood. Get to know the streets, businesses, and neighbors - if you see someone outside, go up and introduce yourself. The Sanibel community is very welcoming and locals are always happy to help you adjust to island life. Once you’ve walked around and introduced yourself to the neighbors, you could also suggest a socially distanced house-warming party. 

Unpack personal items first

A lot of people start unpacking the living areas first, but getting your bedroom, closet, and bathroom set up is what really makes a home feel like yours. Who cares if you have two perfectly fluffed couch pillows if you have to dig through boxes to find your favorite blouse? Having a full and organized closet helps you start the day off on a good foot, leaving the rest of the day to unpack less important items (like those couch pillows). You should also have your bathroom set up with your toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other grooming products you use. This will help you start to get back into your routine and feel more relaxed in your home. 

Get the address change over with

Once you move, there are a lot of documents you need to change and people you should notify. Some of these include your driver’s license, bank, doctor’s office (change your pharmacy too, if necessary), and filling out a change of address form at the post office. Once all of this is done, the move will start to feel official. And getting your first piece of mail at your new house will really make it start to feel like home. 

Decorate - but not officially

Decorations are the first step to making a new home your own. Having some pieces that were present in your old house can be a good way to make your surroundings more familiar. You don’t, however, want to start decorating in the midst of unpacking, only to change your mind about decorations later. It can be useful to take out all your decorations and simply place them on the floor, leaning against the wall, or otherwise placed somewhere that is not permanent. This way you can get used to seeing all your decorations but not have to commit to placing them before the rest of your home is arranged. 

Use the kitchen

It can be tempting to order takeout every night during move-in, but cooking meals in your new kitchen is one of the best ways to settle in. Take a break from the organizing and unpacking and cook a dinner from scratch - the whole family can even help! Carve out some time where everyone is free to sit, talk, and eat a delicious home cooked meal in the dining room. 

If you're interested in buying or selling a home on Sanibel Island, contact Phaidra McDermott or start your home search here.

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