The first day in your new house is always exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. So what should you do first?
First things first, thank your cross country movers!
If they have done a good job, take the time to thank them and even tip them for the extra care. If you have some extra snacks and drinks around, treat them to a break.
Check if the appliances and switches are working properly.
You don’t want to end up in a cold house because there’s something wrong with the heating and you didn’t check it when moving in. This is important because if there are appliances or anything else to fix you can include it in your to-do tasks and take care of it as soon as you can.
Get to cleaning.
Though it depend on the condition of the home, a little cleanup is a pretty good place to start. You don’t have to go around scrubbing down the place, but do a little dusting to get rid of any cobwebs that may have been created while it was waiting. Once that’s done, you can start arranging the furniture and unpacking the boxes.
Take care of what you and your family needs.
Get the boiler heated up, get out some snacks, order a pizza, and just do whatever you need to for you. Don’t waste extra energy on cooking, if you don’t have the extra time to do it.
The first thing you should unpack is the basic bedroom gear such as blankets, pillows, and sheets. This way there will be a bed waiting for you and your family when you get tired from all the unpacking. Next, open up the essentials box with basic things that you will need like a clean set of clothes, things for the bathroom, and so on.
Make sure the kids are kept busy.
You can give them some small tasks to do like bring you smaller boxes for unpacking or arrange a playground area in one of the rooms with toys if they are young. If you have teenagers, give them the freedom to do some arrangements in their own room. The moving process can be rather stressful for kids and teenagers, so allow them to have a chance to start fresh too.