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You’ve just gone through a move in your retirement years. While moving homes is stressful and laborious enough, it can be particularly hard when you’ve left a home where you made decades of memories. But there comes a time when it doesn’t make sense to stay in a large multi-bedroom or multi-level house.
If you’ve just downsized to a smaller house, it’s essential that you make it feel like home. Otherwise, you could spend all your time wishing you could go back to your old house. Liberty Home has some simple tips for settling into your new home (and chapter)!
Add a Security System
First, it’s critical to ensure your new home is secure. Property crime is the last thing you want to experience as you settle into your new home. Fortunately, there are many home security systems on the market that are effective and easy to install and maintain. Here are a few brands to consider:
Take time to research security systems like those above to figure out which one will best meet your needs within your budget.
Handle Repairs and Maintenance
After moving into a new house, it’s always a good idea to evaluate what repairs and maintenance tasks are necessary so that you can tackle them immediately. For example, you will want to fix any loose floorboards, broken steps, drywall holes, leaky faucets, and other minor issues. You will also want to ensure all of your electrical, plumbing, and structural components are functioning as they should.
Furthermore, you will want to come up with a plan for the upkeep of your new property. Remember to change out your HVAC filters regularly, keep the lawn in good shape, see if there is any weather-stripping or insulation that needs to be replaced, etc. Home maintenance and repairs are something worth hiring professional services for if you don’t have the time, energy, or ability to do it yourself.
Incorporate Your Personal Tastes
Chances are, you will be paring down your belongings when moving to a new house in retirement. You will need to carefully consider what to keep and what to get rid of.
Allow yourself time to cherish memories as you sift through sentimental items, but be honest with yourself about what you will and will not use in your new home. You don’t want to unload a bunch of stuff only to have to get rid of it as you are trying to settle into your new house.
If you will be buying new items for your smaller home, you will need to consider each space's square footage and layout. It can help to measure any room or area before ordering a new piece for it, whether it’s an entertainment center, kitchen island, sofa, or dining table.
Furthermore, see how you can inject some of your personal preferences into your interior design. This is the fun part! Consider taking your decor in a new direction to start this next chapter off fresh.
Maybe you’ve always wanted a more cottagey feel in your living environment, or perhaps you’re hoping to simplify with more of a minimalist approach. Whatever you have in mind, take this opportunity to make your new house feel like home. And if you would like a professional touch, don’t hesitate to bring in professional services like Liberty Home!
Keep It Positive
Finally, you will want to think of how to establish a long-term plan that helps you happily settle into the new place. For example, you could create a cleaning schedule where you declutter and deep clean each space on specific days of the week. And you could clean the windows and handle yard work on other days. Having routines you can rely on will help you stay accountable and ensure that your home maintains a positive atmosphere.
If you have recently moved into a new house, or are about to, the tips above can help you to quickly settle in. But keep looking for other ways that you can help your transition go smoothly. You don’t need more stress in your golden years, so any steps you can take to keep the process worry-free is worth taking!
Would you like to read more helpful content or learn about our interior design services? Visit LibertyInteriorDesign.com today! Or, if your interested in professional interior design, you can book a consultation with us here.