Even after looking at many San Diego homes for sale and finding the perfect house, your first day in a new home can be daunting, whether you are renting an apartment or have just bought a condo. It can be tough to know where to start, especially if you don’t have much experience with moving. Here are a few tips to help make your first day in your new home unforgettable- in a good way.

  • Put up your bed. This should be the very first thing you do when you arrive, because it will be the very last thing you want to do at 11PM after moving all day long. Assemble the bed frame, pile on the mattresses, and make your bed with clean sheets, lots of pillows and your favorite comforter. Being able to fall into your bed at the end of moving day is the best present you can give yourself!
  • Plug in some tunes. If you have a small CD player, put it up on a cabinet and give yourself some cheerful music to work by. You may even find yourself whistling.
  • Unpack your necessities. Ideally you have put together all of these items into one box, so with one fell swoop you can have access to your toothbrush, soap, prescriptions, pajamas, and anything else you will need the first day.
  • Put boxes in the correct rooms before you start unpacking. Have all the boxes labeled “kitchen” in the right room before you begin to sort through dishes and silverware to make things go a little faster.
  • Before setting up furniture or entertainment centers, be sure to check where the outlets and cable hook-ups are and make your placement decisions based on their location.
  • The quickest way to feel at home is to hang things on the empty wall. Posters, pictures and artwork will make the house feel like yours.
  • Eat out! Or carry out, or order delivery- anything so you don’t have to worry about finding and then washing pots and pans and dishes. Have plenty of liquids on hand to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Give yourself some time. Unpacking takes a while and settling in takes even longer. Be patient with yourself and take plenty of breaks.

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