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How to set up your new home after a big move

Moving to a new home can be a really stressful experience for the whole family, as unusual surroundings along with unrecognisable faces can make the journey seem scary and confusing.

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Wherever you’ve moved from, whether you’ve come from just around the corner in the UK, been looking at harbourside mansions in Australia, or opted for some Real Estate in Toronto, it’ll be the same for everyone. One of the most important things that you can do to combat this feeling of worry about a new area is to set up your new home after the big move, creating a comfortable, welcoming environment that your family will really want to come back to.

Luckily, learning how to transfer your life from A to B needn’t be as difficult as you might expect, as there are several simple tips and tricks that you can utilise to set the scene inside your new home to allow for ultimate relaxation in no time at all.

So, if you would like to find out more, then simply read on to uncover some of the best steps that you can follow today to set up your new home before you know it! 

Two boys play in the window sills of their new home

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Step 1: Decorating your new home

If you have saved a few pennies by moving into a fixer-upper then you might wish to look at refurbishment options. This is one of the joys of moving to a home that needs work – it is your blank canvas to do with what you please! Whether it’s a complete overhaul with new walls, new radiators and a total remodel, or just a lick of fresh paint. Refurbishments come in many shapes and sizes but if need to speak to expert builders look no further than houseUP. They have many years of experience working with all types of properties and will work closely with you to realise your dream.

The very first step that you take in your property journey involves all things decoration. It’s more than likely that you’ll want to give interior walls a fresh lick of paint, even if you don’t mind the original colour. Painting will not only refresh each room in terms of aesthetics. It will also help to wave goodbye to any dirt and grime that’s made the surface it’s home.

Take some time to repaint each wall that you think needs some attention. Utilise different paints for different rooms i.e. waterproof mixtures for the bathroom and wipe down paint for the kitchen. To add to this, you may also wish to utilise some wallpaper or any other more eye-catching decorative process, so take some time to look around to source the most suitable style for your wants and needs.

Once you’ve been able to set the scene by painting and wallpapering each wall, you can get a much better idea of what your design could look like in the end. You’ll also get a better idea of the space that you have to play with. So it’s a brilliant option to begin your move with your best foot forward. If you’re moving with children, it can be beneficial to let them choose their own paint colour or wallpaper style for their own bedroom. This can make them feel more involved in the renovation process whilst ensuring they do really love their room! 

Step 2: Deep cleaning your new home

Once you’ve managed to complete the design foundations for your new home, the next most important step is deep cleaning. Buying a property that’s already been loved and lived in will likely leave you with a unhygienic home that requires a full detox. You will need to go further than a simple vacuum to get rid of years of built up dirt and bacteria. You might even want to get a professional cleaning company in.

Start off by throwing out any rubbish that’s been left in your property. This will clear a blank canvas from which your new home can begin to flourish. If you’ve chosen not to repaint your walls, you must wipe them down with a sponge and some warm soapy water to remove the layers of dust and grime. Next, take some antibacterial wipes and clean the skirting boards and door frames in each room. Making sure that you capture excess dust rather than letting it fly away.

The rooms that will require the most attention are the bathroom and kitchen. They are generally the muckiest areas inside a home. Cleaning your new kitchen is a little different to cleaning your new bathroom. You must use safe chemicals that leave no harmful residues that could put your family at risk when preparing food. Dissimilarly, you should aim to use strong chemicals inside the bathroom that can break down the deadly bacteria for a super fresh finish. Don’t forget to use a feather duster to clean inside light shades and down the back of radiators. These locations can harbour lots of pesky mess.

How to set up your new home after a big move with a pile of boxes against a brick wall in an empty room

Step 3: Furnishing and accessorising 

Furnishing and accessorising your property will tie the whole space together and make your house really feel like a home. Start by buying or sourcing the key pieces of each room. In your living room you’ll need a sofa, coffee table and tv cabinet. Whilst in your dining room you’ll require a table and chairs. And your bedroom will need a bed, wardrobe and potentially a vanity unit of some kind.

Working with the basics first of all will help you to identify how much space you have to play with. As well as which colours and styles can work best with your new home. There are so many furniture websites and stores that you can explore to find the right furniture for you. You can even explore online auctions and marketplaces that raffle vintage furniture for dirt cheap. Decide upon a certain theme or aesthetic that you wish to follow, such as a homely cottage or a modern minimalist abode.

Adding in a few personal accessories can really help to turn your house into a home. So don’t be afraid to hang up a few family photos or create a custom calendar that can remind you of your nearest and dearest. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your home bare with the aim of ‘settling in’. This can make for a really negative experience overall. Your family simply won’t want to return to a cold, unwelcoming and surgical like house. So add a little sprinkle of personality to help bring your new home to life. 

Learning how to set your home up after a big move has never been so simple. Take the time to make the most of the brilliant tips and tricks that have been carefully detailed above. Start by repainting and wallpapering interior walls. Then follow up with a deep clean to get rid of dirt and grime. Don’t forget to furnish and accessorise!

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