Setting up a new home - A step by step guide.

You’ve finally found the perfect home, the house of your dreams and you can’t wait to move in. Even though you are super excited about moving, you are undoubtedly dreading moving all your belongings and setting up the house.

When you have boxes all over the house and everything you’ve ever owned packed in bags, it is difficult to understand where to start from. Worry not, we are here to help you make this experience as pleasant as possible.

You might be eager to set up your house and may want to start unpacking your boxes and bags as soon as possible but there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you start. If you are renting the place, do ensure that that you do one last check for any faults or damages. Check for marks on the walls, broken or damaged windows and doors etc and take pictures to make your landlord aware of the damages. This not only helps sort out these faults but it also stops you from forfeiting your deposits for damages not made by you. Also, while the previous owner or the landlord might have cleaned your house before your moving in date, it is always a good idea to deep clean your house before you unpack, just to ensure everything is spotless and clean. Last but not the least, plan how you want to use the space in your house. You must plan to maximise the floor space and keep the high traffic areas of the house in mind before you start setting up your home. When you’ve got a plan ready, it’s time to start unpacking those boxes!

The unpacking stage

While the thought of moving might be exciting, when it actually come down to it, the number of boxes in the room might just scare and demotivate you. Therefore, it is always a good idea to set up an environment that motivates you to get up and get on with things. You could start with opening up the windows, playing some music and lighting up some scented candles. It requires effort, but it is important for you to go through every bag and box and reorganise as you go along. It is important to keep in mind that you are getting to start from scratch all over again, make the most of this opportunity and organise your stuff exactly how you want it. While unpacking, throw out all the things you know you haven’t used in years and wouldn’t be using anytime soon. It is hard, considering we don’t do away a lot of things because of the sentimental value attached to them but clearing up the clutter before you set up your house will not only help save a lot of space but also help you in the long run.

The best way to unpack and set up your house is to go room by room. It is a good idea to start with your bedroom as you might want to take brakes and rest in between. You can then move to unpacking your toiletries. Once you’ve done this you can start with setting up your kitchen, so you can start cooking as soon as possible. Post that you can move to setting up the rest of the furniture and sorting out the living room.


Figuring out what you need

As you start unpacking your boxes and bags, you will start to realise that there are a lot of things that you require to make your new house the perfect home. Create a list and keep adding any items, be it furniture, electrical appliances, decorative bits and bobs or anything else that you think you need. Start by looking online. You can not only get great deals online, you might also find great seconds on platforms like Facebook. If you haven’t been successful online, once your list is ready, you can always take a trip to the market and pick up anything you need.


Utilities and other costs

It is important to research and compare prices from different wifi, landline and cable TV providers to get yourself the best deal possible. Finding the right provider can help you save a lot of money over time. If your new house has a balcony or a garden, you must also keep an extra budget for doing up these spaces. You might want to invest in some basic gardening tools to keep your garden or the plants in the balcony looking fresh. Also, last but definitely not the least, you must make sure that security in your new house is not compromised on. It is always a good idea to invest in good surveillance cameras, fire and burglar alarms.

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