Make a Prioritized List
The minute you walk in to your new home, your mind will be racing with to-dos. Keep this overwhelming task list at bay by keeping a notebook in a central location and write down every action item you or your family thinks of throughout the day. After 24 hours cut the list off, and prioritize each item with a 1, 2, or 3. First priority should be items completed that week - such as safety concerns, cleaning, unpacking essentials, etc. Priority two should be tasks completed within the next two months - related to organization, maintenance and remaining unpacking. Priority three tasks should be non-essentials, but improvements and projects you’d like to complete within the year - renovations, landscaping, and large purchases. Read this first-time homebuyer's guide to home maintenance to get started.