Home Ownership is one of the biggest moments in your life, it can also be quite stressful. Making a few informed choices and staying focused can make all the difference.
How To Make Home Ownership Stress Free
The ink is not completely dry on the contract, and you already stand in the hall of your empty and freshly purchase house. A fantastic time of excitement and stress awaits you. Homeowners have a lot to think about and to organize during their first weeks. It is not easy to keep your head cool and to enjoy the beginning of a new life in those conditions. So, here’s a little list of the essentials to prepare and remember to make sure that the stress of home ownership doesn’t take your joy away.
Don’t Improvise, Plan Thoroughly
Whether it is your first home, or you’re an experienced homeowner, there is nothing more overwhelming than an empty house. It takes time before things find their place in a new house, and sometimes the boxes from the move can pile up in the hall for weeks. And before you can even get the boxes delivered to your new house, there is the whole process of packing, cleaning, and traveling. It sounds easy on paper, but there is a lot to prepare. Often, it is easier to organize moving out, than moving in. Therefore it’s always a good idea to measure the rooms before you move so that you don’t end up trying to force pieces of furniture into jam-packed spaces. As dull as it might sound, planning the move-out and move in will avoid you a lot of last-minute stress. There will still be plenty of work to do, but you enjoy it knowing that it’ll fit.
Focus On Getting Your Bedroom Set
As you are embarking on the amazing journey of home ownership the first thing you’ll be doing is finding yourself unpacking boxes, it’s important to be honest with yourself: It will take days before you’ve emptied all the boxes. So for a start, divide them by function and by room, so that everything is easy to find. The first room you should get ready is the bedroom because this is where you can collapse at the end of your first day of moving in. Your bedroom needs to have the indispensable essentials ready for your first night: A bed with the best mattress you can get and a bedside table. There is no happy move-in with old and tired mattresses, so make sure that your first night is rewarded with a quality mattress. The bed is the first piece of furniture that needs to stand in your house because the day-to-day pressure of getting every ready and filling up the house with life is easily forgotten if you can have a good night sleep at the end. Sleeping well will be what makes for good mornings and good days.
The Housewarming Party
For many starting out in home ownership, the mandatory housewarming party is synonymous of stress and anxiety: Will everything be ready? Will your friends like the place? You will find your mind crowded with questions and worries. Take a deep breath. The housewarming party is just one night; you will invite your friends again and the house will change as you get used to it. You need to approach the housewarming party with a peaceful mind: It is a time of joy, let it be a stress reducer! People will want to come and see where you live even if you haven’t had time to repaint the living room walls or to buy coordinated table sets. To keep a cool head, get a few selected friends to help organizing food and drinks. And remember, enjoy yourself, take plenty of pictures: You want to look back at your house photo album with pride!
What obstacles outside of finances have you found in home ownership? Do you have any tips and tricks for reducing the stress that comes with home ownership?