22 percent of American adults have relocated this year due to a combination of the ongoing pandemic, social unrest, and economic uncertainty, with most of them moving from large cities to small towns and suburbs. Moving into a new house can be an emotional experience. The idea of living in a new house can be exciting, but it can also make you feel sad having to say goodbye to your previous home, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time and created special memories. Sure, you (and maybe your family and pets) live there, but making a new house feel safe, comfortable, and relaxing takes quite a bit of time and effort. To nurture a sense of home in a new house, these are some of the things you can do.
Hang art and photos
It’s easier for a house to feel like a home when it’s filled with photos of the people you love. Seeing familiar faces smiling at you will instantly warm up your home and bring you much-needed comfort during the transitional period. While at it, hang your art pieces as well. Hanging art in your new house not only gives you a boost of pleasure every time you look at it but also instills your unique personality and interests into the house. Treasured mementos and items that remind you of your childhood home can also create a warming energy and homey feel. When hanging anything, it’s a good idea to use removable hanging hooks instead of a hammer and nails in case you need to move things around later.
Secure your home
One of the key elements of a home is knowing that you, your loved ones, and your belongings are safe when in there. To make your home feel safe, you can start by changing the locks. Even if the previous owner handed over all their keys, you can’t be sure of whether or not they had made copies. By changing the locks, you’ll know that you’re the only one who can access your home. You can boost security further by installing security cameras and a smart doorbell. Another thing that will give you peace of mind is getting insurance coverage for your new home to protect you from massive losses that could result from a break-in, fire, water damage, and other factors. While you’re at it, consider getting a home warranty to ensure that you’re covered, should your major appliances need repair or replacement.
Give it a new paint job
Painting your new home is not just a fun activity for you and your family to engage in during the weekend; it’s also a great way to put your “stamp” on the new home and bring a little of your personality to the space. Customizing your new home in this small way gives you a sense of ownership and creates a brand new memory for you to look back on. Choose colors that complement the overall design of your home and make you feel happy.
A new house should be much more than just a place to sleep, shower, and have meals in. By incorporating things that make you feel warm, comfortable, safe, and happy whenever you are in the space, you can make any house feel like home, sooner rather than later.