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First Home What I Wish I Knew
First Home. What I Wish I Knew.
Moving into a new home can be very exciting. However once everything has been moved into the new home the overwhelming to do list starts to kick in. Recently I personally have made the move from renter to buyer. I have rented 3 apartments and a small home through out my life and knew a few years ago I really wanted to own. I am big on knowing my numbers and trying to stick with a budget. It made me sick to think I was giving some stranger over $10,000 a year for a place to sleep. It was time to grow up and put my money into my own place. We chose to move into a newly built house that was inventory or in other words already built. Being the Realtor for the transaction I was able to work out a very good deal and was truly excited to move in. Here is where the to do list started to form and here is what I learned.
Hangers and closet items can be really obnoxious to move. Go to the dollar store and buy some cheap trash bags. Gather some hanging clothes that are hanging and use the trash bag to cover them. Best if you have the trash bag open and work from the bottom. Once the clothes are wiggled in leave the hangers hung. Tie the bag around the neck of the hangers. When done all that is out of the bag is the curved hanger, the bag should cover the clothes. This allows you to hang the bags at the next location and slip the bag off. So much easier than packing the clothes and the hangers separate.
Magic erasers will take most marks off walls and make cleaning up a breeze.
Before getting into the new house pack a small box with toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, and some other comfort items you might need right away.
When packing up a large vessel pack backwards. If you need it first, pack it last. That way when you get to the new location everything you need is available right at the front.
If you have a garage, move all of your stuff into it first. When you start off with all of the stuff in one place it keeps the chaos in one place. It really felt nice walking in after a long day and everything still looked nice. Even though I knew I would be fighting the items in the garage later. It helps when you have to keep working while the move is happening.
There were some things we had to buy that apartment dwellers to not typically need. There were paint supplies like brushes, ground cover, rollers, trays, and the paint itself. The blinds were a little more difficult. I was able to find blinds that were totally standard for $5 a piece. However they did not carry the size needed for both bathrooms so the people at Lowes or Home Depot will custom cut them for you. Note to first time blind buyers, take a ½ inch off the with width of the window. This allows for the brackets and blinds to slide right in after install. If you do need them cut the worker should ask about the ½ inch. Installing the blinds was really easy. I think the store wanted $150 for install but I just did it myself (Will explain in another blog). I think the most important thing to buy would be the ladder. Measure the celling height of the rooms in the house to decide how tall the ladder should be. Never stand on the top of the ladder, the second to last step is safe. Make sure it can support the weight and just something I picked up, if it has a small shelf make sure it folds. The one we bought the shelf stays straight meaning you have to have the ladder sideways against the wall. Buying the ceiling fans can be tricky, double check to see if they come with lights or not. Just because the picture shows a light in the bottom corner it might say light kit optional. If it is optional, it is not included.
I found it easier to install and work on these projects before we moved in and in a particular order. Blinds come first so that people cannot see inside while you are moving. We are in a really nice neighborhood but I still do not like the idea of having our things on display with no one home. Celling Fans were next because they provide a nice breeze and helps the paint dry. Then the paint went up, with no furniture or pets to avoid. Then the curtains went up, easier to paint if you do not have to pull down curtain brackets. Of course all the things that had to be done were pretty low maintenance. There were no big things to do like flooring or tile.
Deirdre is a Broker and co-owner, with her husband Steve, of EXIT Realty Champions in Davenport - the closest office to Disney World Orlando! With 12 years of experience over a broad range of real est....
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