A Handy Guide to Your First Week in Your New Home

Tips and tricks to help ease the stress of moving in to your new condo. By Stephannie Reyes

Before you can put your feet up in your new digs, there are important tasks coupled with lifehacks that might come in handy during your big move.

Whether you’ve recently moved out from a shared family home or from a previously rented apartment, owning your first condo in the Philippines is one of the most exhilarating yet daunting and humbling experiences that you can go through. After making all necessary payments and completing the required paperwork, you finally have the keys to your own place. Now you’re ready to move in.

As you enter your new home, you might think that the grueling part is over. Partly, you’re right, but there are other matters that need to be addressed before you can put your feet up and relax. Here are important tasks coupled with lifehacks that might come in handy during your big move.

Check if your boxes and furniture are complete and distribute them per area.

To ensure that nothing is damaged or lost en route to your new home, it’s best to consult your list and do a quick inventory of your belongings on the first day of your move. And while you’re at it, you can start moving boxes in their rightful areas to save time and energy by not having to dart from one room to another while unpacking.

Create a schedule of chores (and stick to it).

Your first week in your new condo will set the tone of your daily life. Establishing new routines with the help of a task list will give you a sense of structure, especially if you’ll be living alone. By scheduling important tasks that are needed to be accomplished on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, you can ensure that your new home would be constantly well-kept.

Safekeep all important documents.

All receipts, certificates, and necessary papers must be kept in a secure and private place. Aside from hard copies, it would also be best to have digital copies that you can access anytime as the need arises. This is useful not only to address the risk of being lost but also for safekeeping in case of natural disasters.

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Update your mailing address.

Now that you have a new address, make sure to inform your bank and other service providers so they can update your record. This ensures that all important correspondence such as bills, statements of account, and current subscriptions will be forwarded to your new condo. You can access this simple checklist to get you started.

Create an emergency contact list.

When settling in a new place, especially in a new neighborhood, it’s very important to know whom to call for assistance in case any unforeseen occurrence arise. Keep these contacts in your mobile phone and create a printed contact list that you can post at home.

Aside from knowing who to call in case of emergency, you must also know the location of the nearest clinic or hospital, police station, and public transportation terminals in the vicinity.

Familiarize yourself with the electrical and other utility switches.

As a responsible homeowner, you should get to know the ins and outs of your new unit. In case of emergencies and extended travels, you need to turn off your main electrical switch and water supply. It’s best to acquaint yourself with these and put all necessary labels.

Knowing all the emergency exits in the building would be useful in navigating your way to safety in case of any untoward incident. If you’re having difficulties with this, do not hesitate to seek the help of your building’s administration or maintenance unit.

Explore your neighborhood and everything around them.

Settling in a new place is no easy feat. To ease your mind off the tedious tasks at hand during your first week, it is a good idea to take a walk around the area while taking a breather. Check out the amenities, find a new favorite hangout spot, locate the nearest hospital, bank, police station, go-to supermarket, and closest mode of public transportation. It’s also a good idea to create an emergency contact list in case of different emergencies.

Decorate and personalize your space.

Having your own condo unit entitles you with the freedom to arrange and decorate a space however you want. Your condo should serve as your personal haven where you can have a restful night’s sleep after a stressful day.

By personalizing your space with carefully picked pieces and other customized knickknacks, you can make your space very cozy. This can make you feel a sense of ownership.

If you’re not sure where to start or if you still do not have a theme in mind, here are a number of 2018 design trends that can keep you inspired.

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Get the party started!

After accomplishing so much in your first week, it’s time to let loose. Share this significant milestone with family and friends. Your first party in your new home doesn’t have to be big, as long as you and your guests will be comfortable.

You can start by setting a date. Drafting your guest list and deciding on the food and refreshments that will be served. To make this experience memorable, try asking your close friends to join in the fun and organize the event together. To keep your plans in check, read these tricks for hosting your first ever gathering in your new condo.

Moving into a new home is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining but you should not let these get the better of you. By planning ahead and having an eye for details, you can surmount the tasks on your plate with ease. Having a reliable support group that you can depend on also eases the burden of transferring to a new place. Above everything else, you must not forget to relax, have fun, and bask in the excitement that goes with nesting in your own home.

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