It's a good idea to develop a game plan as to what to do once the selling, buying and moving have ended, and you find yourselves in your Wilmette dream home, surrounded by boxes of your stuff waiting to be unpacked!
Hopefully, when you moved in, boxes were put in the appropriate rooms where they will be unpacked and put away. If not, that might be the first thing you'll want to do.
Next, many home buyers want to establish a room where everything is in its place, and they can get away from the mess moving creates. This may be your bedroom, family room or even the patio. If you have kids, getting their bedrooms in order first is often a good place to start. Having their own space where they can establish themselves and their things goes a long way to making them feel more at home.
What's next on your game plan? Once you're unpacked or at least are well on your way, and you're eager for your family and friends to see your new dwelling, it may be time to party. Etiquette says that a housewarming party where people will bring gifts for the new homeowners should be given by a family member or friend, but it's okay to throw your own party too. Just say "no gifts, please" and call it a BBQ or house party.
Moving right along with your plan, after you're somewhat settled in, it's probably time to meet some of your new neighbors. Go outside and mow the lawn, pick up your mail, or work in the flowerbeds, and they may actually come to you. If your dog is friendly, put on a friendly smile and take him for a walk around the neighborhood. Another way to meet local people is to join in on community activities and events. The kids will also want to make new friends, and a good way to do that is for them to sign up for group activities in your new neighborhood.
Now you know what to do AFTER you've moved, but you may still need some help in finding where you want to move to. If Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook and the North Shore are on your list of places you'd like to live, give The Marla Schneider Team a call at 847-657-3790 or contact us online. We're the area real estate experts and can help you find the perfect home and neighborhood for your family.