Joseph Federico - Donahue Real Estate Company | Dedham, MA Real Estate, Canton, MA Real Estate


Moving to a new home quite literally uproots your entire life. From moving day on, you’ll be learning to navigate your new home and rebuilding your daily routines.

The first week in your new home is both the most excited and the most chaotic. Boxes are likely still scattered around the house, you’re constantly forgetting where the light switches are, and trying to figure out how to arrange your furniture.

With all of these changes going on it can be easy to get overwhelmed in your new home. That’s why we’ve put together this list of things you should do in your first week at your new house to get settled in and prepared for your new life.

On Moving Day

Day one of your move can only run so smoothly. As a result, it’s important to try and relax throughout the day. Remind yourself that you don’t need to unpack and arrange everything today. It’s also a good idea to keep a checklist of everything you need to accomplish on moving day, whether that’s paying movers, handing over keys, or turning on utilities.

Since the majority of your belongings will likely be in disarray for the next few days, you should make sure you have a box of your daily essentials clearly labeled that you can unpack first. We’re talking about toothbrushes, toiletries, and anything else you’ll absolutely need to get your day started.

The First Week in Your New Home

Once you’ve made it past the first day the hardest part is over. It will soon be easier to get a good night’s sleep in your new bedroom, and your morning routine will run more smoothly.

To be best prepared for the first week in your new home, we’ve prepared a checklist of important items to tackle so that you’re fully settled in as soon as possible.

  • Familiarize yourself with the home. Safety should always be your first priority, even at home. Take the time to find out where your circuit breaker is, your water main valve, light switches, fire extinguishers, and so on. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, or just change the batteries so you know the exact date they were changed.
    It’s also a good idea to develop a fire escape route. Since you and your family aren’t as familiar with the layout of your new home as your old one, it’s important to understand where the best exits are in case of an emergency. Pick a landmark outside that you’ll meet at in case of a fire.

  • Change your locks. A top priority for your first week should be changing out your locks. Not everyone is careful with their keys and discriminate in who they give them to. Whether you choose to hire a locksmith or buy and replace the locks yourself, it’s better to get this task accomplished sooner rather than later.

  • Deep clean. You won’t soon have another opportunity to clean a house that isn’t filled with meticulously arranged furniture. The first week in your new home is a good time to clean the carpets, scrub the corners of each room, and do a thorough cleaning of your refrigerator and cabinets. It’s tempting to start putting items where they’ll go as soon as you arrive, but cleaning first will save you time later. The same principle applies for painting your walls.


Moving into a new house is a great way to start a new chapter of your life. When you buy and move into a new home, you’re opening up to new possibilities. Those new possibilities will certainly come in the form of the new people that you will meet and get to know in your new neighborhood.

Take the pain out of moving into a new house

Your entire environment will change, especially if you move into a new house that’s located in a different part of town or a completely different city or state. Move by the seat of your pants or haphazardly and you could feel overwhelmed in no time flat. The below five steps could save you time, headache, stress and regret.Those savings alone could enliven your spirit and renew your commitment to living the best life possible, especially as you open up to not only moving into a new home, but to also accepting new, personal and professional growth opportunities.

  1. Pack similar items together – It can take hours to unpack a one bedroom house, let alone a three or five bedroom house. To get those hours back, pack clothes, shoes, hats and other fashion accessories together. Pack dishes together. Put all furniture accessories, like decorative pillows, in the same box.
  2. Label items – Put clear labels on boxes and large items. This takes the guess work out of packing and unpacking.
  3. Schedule utilities in advance – Contact utility companies and have your electricity, water, gas and other utilities turned on before you move in. You’re going to need running water and electricity on day one.
  4. Build a team – Reach out to friends and relatives and build a team of movers. Choose people who have moved an entire house at least once, preferably twice. The more experienced people are at moving, the more shortcuts they generally know about.
  5. Contact information – Write down relevant contact information. For instance, have the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of babysitters, pet sitters, utility companies, cable companies and packers and unpackers that you might use. Put the contact information in the same location. Your cell phone is a great place to store this information.

Take it easy on yourself when you move into your new home

If you’ve been struggling to take the required steps to finally pursue a passion, hobby or business endeavor, moving into a new house could be the inspiration that helps you to launch forward. A move leaves your brain with no option but to except that something major has changed. Instead of putting on the brakes and refusing to accept the change, take the right steps to make your house move go as smoothly as possible.

The steps mentioned in this article may shorten the time that you spend packing,unpacking and getting acclimated to your new house and your new neighborhood. You could use that saved time to strike up conversations with your new neighbors and explore the social, education, spiritual, community and entertainment offerings near your new home. You could also use the time to fill out and submit paperwork to launch your new business or to deepen relationships with your family and friends.




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