Though “home is where the heart is,” making a new house feel like home can still be a big task. After all, it can be difficult to leave all that you’ve known and grown accustomed to in order to move to a new place. To help make the transition easier for you and your family, it’s important to do all you can to begin to transform your new house into the home of your dreams. Fortunately, with the right steps, making a house a home can be fairly simple.

It’s the Little Things

So many environments in which you live are fairly consistent from house to house. Ceilings, walls, floors, doors, though colored and styled differently, are still ultimately the same, no matter where you live. On the other hand, the small touches, those that are truly unique to you and your family, can make any house truly feel like your home. That’s why it’s important to spread those small touches around your new home as soon as possible. It may be a picture on a highly visible wall or a special memento on a unique shelf, as long as it lets your family know they are “home.” The sooner you and your family recognize this new space as a safe, familiar place to relax and belong, the sooner the transition from house to home becomes a reality.

Get Ready in Advance

Another great way to encourage an easy transition to a new home is to ensure your new home is truly ready for your arrival. With so many complicated systems in a given house, there are plenty of potential problems that could occur, any one of which could put a damper on your move-in experience. Have a professional stop by and take a look at your home systems to ensure they’re in good working order and ready to aid in the comfort of your family. For example, finding a professional that offers plumbing services to check your home sooner rather than later can help prevent water damage, leaks, and system malfunctions. This doesn’t guarantee nothing will eventually happen but it will give you a starting point and some peace of mind. Even if you do find an issue, it’s better to know about it now rather than when you’re busy trying to get settled in.

Filled with Love

Perhaps the best way to truly make a house feel like a home is to fill it with people whom you love and care about. Though having a housewarming party soon after you move in can add a little extra work when you’re already busy, seeing familiar faces in an unfamiliar place can go a long way toward helping everyone get settled in. It can be a great time to introduce everyone to your new home, plus, depending on how you frame the party, you may even be able to receive some assistance from the attendees as you seek to unpack.

In order to settle-in quickly, it’s important to try and focus on the entire process. Try to get a few consecutive days off of work so you can have time to truly arrange your belongings exactly as you wish. Having you around will be a welcome familiar face for the rest of your family, aiding in their transition, and will encourage family bonding as everyone is in an unfamiliar situation. Be patient with one another, and before you know it, you’ll be completely adjusted and enjoying your home even more than you thought possible.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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