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What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

While moving into a new home is a new chapter in your life, it is also a new project you will have to work through. Nobody walks into their brand new home with everything set to their needs, which is why the first year involves a lot of hard work. Look at it as one large assignment, made up of multiple projects– but don’t let it overwhelm you.

Look through our checklist for your first year in a new home so that you can build the perfect living space one step at a time.


This is the best place to start when you move in, considering it will be more difficult to paint your home when it’s already filled with everything you need. Some homes may not need a paint job; perhaps you are already happy with the color that exists. No matter the case, it’s best to consider how you really feel about the colors– are you satisfied with them or just okay with them? 

Also, pay attention to the quality of the paint you are getting for your home. We always suggest asking a professional to make sure you are getting the right paint formula for your home & the purpose of the project.

Seasonal Preparation

Don’t wait until temperatures drop to make sure your home is prepared for cold weather & environmental conditions. The winter weather can have an extreme impact on your home, with issues ranging from ineffective heating systems to frozen pipes. The best way to combat the cold climate is to ensure your home has the proper insulation. We also recommend testing your heating system in advance to stay on top of any potential problems or misfunctions.

On the other hand, you want to test your air conditioning to ensure that it will work properly in high temperatures. Insulation can help with cooling function by keeping the cool air in and the hot air outside. Summertime can also invite unwanted pests, so it’s helpful to get your home inspected and patch up any loose woodwork on the exterior of your home. 

Regular Maintenance

Not maintaining a well-functioning home will end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. The longer you ignore or try to lazily patch up specific issues, the bigger the problem with grow. Some maintenance is necessary for appearance, such as lawn care practices. You should gather up the tools & products you need to keep your lawn looking nice, or you can hire a service.

There are endless ways to maintain your home, but the most important is to check monthly for any possible problems. Make sure your systems are all in good working order, which can include testing lighting, checking your sump pump, fixing broken pipes, and more.

Small & Large Scale Renovations

When we move into a new home, there are probably multiple ideas and intentions to renovate. It’s best to start early on renovations (small or large) to ensure that a few projects don’t turn into a two to three-year process. Replace appliances you intend to get rid of and upgrade worn down systems or older home characteristics. 

Electrical Systems

Your electrical system is one of the most critical factors of a functioning home, and if there are problems you ignore– it can turn into a much bigger problem. This can put your safety at risk, depending on the potential issues. It’s essential to get your electrical system inspected and to make any necessary repairs as soon as possible.

If you are worried about potential safety problems concerning your eclectic, it’s best to block off the area or risks until repairs are made.

Safety Shoes

The first year in a new home isn’t always glamorous. In order to get to the point where you come home, kick off your shoes, and relax– you need to put on safety shoes to finish all of your home projects. You may end up working on repairs and tasks on your own, which can involve certain hazards. 

Protect yourself from any hazards to your safety while fixing up your dream home with a proper pair of safety shoes. Our Indestructible Shoes are an excellent solution for these first-year projects (and beyond). 

The safety features are top-grade and protect against multiple risks/hazards, so you can feel protected while taking on each project. The best part is, these shoes are comfortable and won’t be a bother to wear around the house. Made with a supportive & stylish design, you’ll feel light on your feet all day long, so nothing can stop you from getting the job done. 

In Conclusion

Moving into a new home is an exciting experience, but in order to get the most out of your space, it’s crucial to stay on top of maintenance and repairs. The first year is extremely important and can set the tone for the rest of your time living in the home. Make sure you have set up safe, effective, and maintained systems. It might take some work, but it will pay off big time once the first year is over. If you have comfortable & stylish safety shoes, it will make it easier to move through every project and get closer to your dream home.