If you thought moving into your 900 square-foot apartment was tough, moving into your first home can be a real challenge. It’s hard to make the transition into your first home—knowing what items should be replaced and what needs to be purchased to fill a larger space.
Keep these moving tips (plus a helpful checklist) for first-time home buyers in mind for a smooth transition.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Chances are, as a first-time buyer, you don’t have an overabundance of items to pack up. Unless you’ve been renting for over a decade, it’s best to think minimally when moving into a home for the first time. However, the prospect of packing up (especially if it’s just you) can feel pretty intimidating. Consider hiring professionals if it becomes too overwhelming. There are plenty of reasonable businesses out there, plus you may be able to secure a deal if your possessions fall under a certain space limit.
Map it out.
Whether you consider yourself a planner or not, moving is one thing you can’t do on the fly and hope for the best—you need to plan. You can start by taking a picture of each room in your current space to remember how you have items organized. You won’t be able to replicate every area in your new home (nor would you likely want to) but this can help you keep track of what fits together, and where. It’s also a good idea to look at the floor plan of your new home and map out where the biggest items will go so you know exactly where to put them on move-in day.
Start with the biggest projects.
You can’t fit a square peg into a round whole, and the same goes for the moving process. If you fill every room with all of your smaller items before moving the big stuff, you’ll end up running out of space quickly. Sofas, lounge chairs, large appliances, and the like should be moved first, before the rest of the decorating process begins. You’ll have plenty of time to add the finishing touches—get the most important items down, first.
Give yourself time.
Think you can move in one day? Think again. The thought of spending weeks of your life in limbo between your old space and your new space sounds pretty miserable, but not more miserable than trying to cram weeks-worth of moving into 24 hours. If you have the luxury of moving items little by little, take advantage. If you feel rushed, you’re bound to make mistakes or forget something essential. Taking your time is a much more realistic approach to having a successful transition.
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Like anything else in life, what you see when you look at a home is not always what you get. What might look like a charming Colonial on the outside can be riddled with problems on the inside—leaving you, the buyer, with a big mess.
Luckily, there’s something that can prevent this problem from plaguing you long after the “for sale” sign comes down: a home inspection.
Home inspections are a critical piece of the home buying puzzle because not only can they help you uncover potential problems, but can help you address them in a timely and efficient manner so you can get to settling in your dream home.
Above all else, you should have a standard inspection conducted, which checks the overall structure of the home, including the roof, electric, plumbing, and insulation—among other areas. The inspector should be able to detect any necessary repairs you may want to have the seller address before the purchase.
While you should make sure the home is equipped with a radon detector, it’s also a good idea to have an inspector look for any areas of the home that may have increased levels of this colorless and odorless (but harmful) gas.
If the home you’re looking at purchasing has a water or septic tank, have both evaluated. Problems with water or sewage can lead to extremely costly repairs, which can be easily avoided with a simple inspection.
- Try and be present for your home inspection. This can give insight into the process and the opportunity to ask questions on the spot.
- Be prepared for bad news. It’s important to be realistic and understand that problems, big and small, are likely.
- Do ask questions of the inspector, including what repairs he or she recommend before purchase, and what repairs may be able to wait until later.
For more real estate tips, visit americanlifestylemag.com/home.
Why A Home Inspection is Essential for Home Buyers: https://americanlifestylemag.com/home/real-estate/home-inspection-essential-home-buyers/
Sierra Westrick – REALTOR
2019 Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Cobb Association of Realtors
2019 Georgia Association of Realtors Board of Director
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