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3 Tips for Settling in a New Home

A new home is a new adventure — one that comes with a lot of excitement and often a good bit of stress, too.

Once you have the keys in your hands and your furniture in place, you may think the hard part is over, but in many ways it has just begun. Now you’re given the challenging task of turning a house into a home.

Some parts of settling into a new home come naturally, while others require thought and planning. Here are three tips to help make settling into your home quick and painless.

Decorate by decluttering:

You may think there is no need to declutter a new home, but you might want to think again. It’s easy to build up clutter over the years, so consider keeping some decor in storage and only displaying a few of your favorite items that really speak to you. Giving yourself some breathing room can help you decide what you truly need and what you can consider parting with. This can be a fairly inexpensive option too if you do your research and find the right price more a unit in your area — for example, in Colorado Springs, consumers spent on average about $97.34 on self-storage. With fewer objects collecting dust, you can spend more time enjoying your new home and less time cleaning it.

Put on your tool belt:

At first, that squeaky floorboard or chipped window won’t bother you too much, but over time you’ll wish you’d fixed them early on. Some home maintenance tasks — like cleaning gutters, installing light fixtures or putting new hardware on cabinets — are great DIY adventures for a homeowner with intermediate or even beginner skills. Some projects, however, are better left to the pros. To make sure you don’t take on too much too soon, make a list of projects and then assess your time and skill level to see if you can tackle it or if it is better to call a professional.

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For instance, if your new yard is bare, but you don’t have much of a green thumb, consider hiring a landscaper to help you decide on plants, shrubs, trees, flower beds and walkways. Let the landscaper know how many hours a week you realistically plan on spending in your yard and they will help you build a ow-maintenance yard to match those needs.

Revamp your furniture:

A new home is a fresh start for you and your entire family. Have the cats been clawing up one side of the couch? Are the legs on your dining room table a little wobbly? Now is the time to consider upgrading your furniture. For one, it saves you time; you won’t have to move old or outdated couches, chairs and beds that you will eventually get rid of anyway. Also, most furniture stores offer free delivery, so you can get help bringing your new items into your home and into their proper places.

Not sure you’ll love sleeping on a new bed? It’s natural to be nervous about change, but you don’t have to be. Purchase from a company that offers a free trial so you can return the item after a few months if it’s not as comfortable as you hoped. For example, you could upgrade to a smart mattress for $699 with free shipping, and if it’s not the bed of your dreams, you can return it without any cost.

A big part of enjoying your new home can’t be found inside the walls — get out and explore! Getting to know your new neighborhood and/or city is essential for feeling at ease in your new place. You can start by researching places you already know you’ll enjoy— parks, restaurants, museums, breweries, dog parks, children’s museums, shopping centers. Be sure you take the time to plan fun ways to turn your new house into a home and a new neighborhood into your neighborhood.