Tips to Transition Into Your First House

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Classic-HouseNewlyweds and first-time homebuyers are faced with the large task of settling into their first house. While the purchase and transition are thrilling, there are a many steps that fill the moving checklist for neophyte homeowners in particular.

Between needing to purchase new furniture and combining households, newlyweds must manage a sometimes-awkward-feeling scenario of tossing out their new spouse’s belongings and deciding when they must let go of some of their own items. This can pose unique challenges, but also open the door to creating a new and exciting life as one family under one roof.

If you are a newlywed moving into your very first house, here are a few important steps to follow to make your transition easier.

  • Be open to throwing things away – Have a discussion prior to unpacking in your new house about how you both will determine what stays and what gets donated or tossed. Because each of you will likely have items that you prefer the other person get rid of, it is important to be open and honest about your expectations with what stays and what goes. The more open you are to throwing some stuff away, the faster you will feel more at home in your new area.
  • Hire some help – Local movers are great assets that should not be overlooked. To avoid fighting and accidentally breaking items as they are loaded and unloaded into your new house, it is a good idea to go with some assistance. Moving companies can lend a helping hand so that you can start getting settled faster and avoid the stress of having to do everything on your own.
  • Decorate in your mind first – Before you start pounding nails into the wall, visualize your space. Consider possible new paint colors before assembling any furniture and not being able to move it, and decide how you want your home to look. This should be a joint decision and should be discussed prior to unpacking. Take the opportunity to add paint colors and make your house more welcoming with your unique style before you start unloading all of your belongings.
  • Be willing to ask for help – If you need advice or help from friends, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it. Anyone who has been through the joys and challenges of joining lives and houses understands the difficulties you face, and most people would be more than willing to help make your transition easier.

After your wedding, make the transition into a new house a happy one by being open, honest and flexible. In the end, the house will feel like your home and your new life together will start off in a positive way.

This is a guest post.  Laura enjoys writing about many things. One of her favorites happens to be family. If you’d like to learn more about moving companies, please visit

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