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A Home of Your Own: 4 Tips for Moving Your Family from an Apartment to a House

Generally, when you move from an apartment to a house, you will be gaining more interior space. You’ll also be acquiring outdoor space that will require upkeep. You’ll quickly discover that homeownership has more responsibilities than renting. There are a few things you can do to make the transition go smoothly so that you and your family can immediately begin enjoying your new home.

Purchase Some Basic Tools

Don’t let this first suggestion cause you to panic. Purchasing a basic set of tools will help you be prepared for small repairs around the house. As a homeowner, you won’t have the luxury of calling the apartment manager or maintenance man to repair minor problems. Having a basic set of tools on hand will also assure that you have what you need to hang window treatments, wall décor and other decorative accessories in your new home.

Lawn and Garden Items

Gaining outdoor space means that you can create an outdoor living area, a play area for the kids, an enclosed yard for the kids and pets or create a garden space where you can grow food, flowers or both. Moving from an apartment, you probably don’t have the basic pieces of lawn care products you need. Purchasing these should be high on your list of things to do before or shortly after you move in. A mower, grass trimmer and garden hose are some of the basic items you’ll need.

Moving Day

Whether you pack your belongings yourself or use a professional moving service, labeling boxes will greatly simplify the task of unpacking. When the boxes are unloaded at your house, placing them in the appropriate room will save you some time. It’s best to have professionals like Wheaton World Wide Moving or someone similar move the large pieces of furniture into your new house. They have the equipment and skill to move things in without scratching the walls or floors.

Safety Concerns

Moving from an apartment to a house makes you the one responsible for taking steps to assure the safety of your family. Purchasing and installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are one way to protect your family. Adding outdoor, motion sensor lighting is another way to improve your family’s safety. Your expansive new home may have areas such as stairs or a basement that could pose a hazard for young children. If so, you may need to purchase some safety gates or interior locks to keep children safe.

Becoming a homeowner signals a lifestyle change that includes lots of opportunities for personal growth and for enjoying many happy, memory-making moments as a family. Don’t feel that everything such as furniture, decorative items and landscaping should be done at a hurried pace. Make purchases as your budget allows and proceed with decorating and landscaping projects in a time frame that is comfortable for you and your family.

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