A guide to moving into a new home

Relocating to a new address may sound overwhelming at first as it involves major changes. But the transition can be less daunting when done carefully and efficiently. A residential developer offers the following tips:

A guide to moving into a new home
Plan your move and pack the essentials separately to prevent reopening boxes. Tap the help of family and friends, too! 
Make house hunting a family affair

When children are involved in the process of buying a new home, they may be less resistant to moving because expectations are already set beforehand. 

Consult the whole family for their individual preferences. Acknowledge their feelings. It is normal for the family members to feel apprehension about the idea of changing homes. After all, they will be literally plucked out of their comfort zones. 

Point out the features that each member will enjoy such as the clubhouse pool, recreational hub, open parks and roads that are safe for running or riding bicycles. Others would love the privacy of a gated township or the opportunity to indulge in gardening at their own yard. 

Plan ahead

After getting your names on the title, the next task is planning for the move. Devote a journal to jot down important details such as expenses, supplies needed, items to keep and dispose, and a timeline of activities to ensure that compliance to set targets are within schedule.

Visit the neighborhood before the big day

Drop by the neighborhood from time to time before moving, and get to know your future community. Ask your developer if there are social events where you can join and get acquainted with future neighbors or where your children can meet other kids in the block. 

Trava in Sta. Rosa, for instance, offers plenty of opportunities to socialize at the community club house. Because it is located in a city within a park, it is dotted with pocket parks and surrounded by lush greeneries and open spaces where one can commune with nature and get the chance to bump into other residents. 

One can also check out nearby places of interests such as churches, leisure establishments, dining destinations, hospitals, and shopping centers to better appreciate your new town. Trava is less than 30 minutes away from premier schools and universities. The nearest hospital is The Medical City but Asian Hospital can be reached in about 30 minutes. 

Stick to routines

People thrive on familiarity. It keeps them grounded despite the seemingly overwhelming changes that are going on. To help lessen the impact of the move, maintain the family’s customary habits and activities before moving and when settling in your new home.

Pack essentials separately and bring them with you

The last thing you need is reopening already packed boxes to look for valuable items such as cell phone chargers, medicines, daily clothes, or toiletries. Store items that the family would immediately need in a carry-all luggage and load them last in the family car. 

Take a few days off from work

The truth is, no matter how long you prepare for this, moving is an exhausting affair. Commission the help of relatives and close friends in packing and unpacking. Serve some food and mocktails and make it a party. Apply for a few days off or schedule your vacation leave around your moving day. 

Enjoy your new home

It’s time to put your personal stamp to your new place. Buy new furniture and appliances together as a family. Ask kids how they want to decorate their new bedrooms. Let them select the décor and furniture for their own spaces.

A guide to moving into a new home
A residential developer recommends consulting all members of the household before buying and moving into a new home.  
Get a new pet or start a garden in your new spacious lawn. Take a walk around your neighborhood and enjoy the scenery.

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