Checklist for When You Move Into Your First House

If you're moving into your first home, whether you're buying or renting, there are some things you'll need to do in addition to the usual moving tasks - things that will make your first house a real home.These guides will provide you with everything you need to know about renting, buying and moving into your first home.

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    Should You Buy or Rent?

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    When moving to another country, another state or even another city, one decision you'll have to make is if you should rent or buy a new home. Often, renting is the better option if you don't know what your new city or town will be like - where the good neighborhoods are, how long you're going to stay or how far your commute will be. Renting gives you a chance to explore before you commit. However, if feasible, home ownership is an opportunity to not only secure a potential...MORE investment, but it also makes you feel a little more settled in your new neighborhood.

  • 02 of 06
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    I've received several emails from readers who are moving out on their own for the first time. This is so exciting; finding your first apartment, or a new house, signing your first rent check or mortgage and getting your very own house keys. While this can be a lot of fun, it's also a very stressful time: moving out on your own takes a lot of resources. So, to help anyone who's making this exciting leap, check out this article on taking the first step. Once you've followed the key...MORE steps in setting up your movie and household finances, you'll be ready to call up your friends to help you pack and load that moving van.

  • 03 of 06
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    If you're planning on moving away from home for the first time and will be renting or buying your first home, then there are some things you need to do before you sign the lease or the mortgage. Find out how to prepare to move into your first home so you're not walking into this new adventure unprepared.

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    Every time we've moved in the past, it was usually myself (alone) looking for our next home. It was always difficult, not having any other input except via Skype and photos, not knowing if my husband would like it or if our couch would fit through the front door. Over the years, I've created what I like to call an Apartment Hunting Toolkit that I now use whenever we're looking for a new home - to buy or rent. I just don't leave home without it!

    So, for all you house hunters out...MORE there, find out how to ensure your search is both effective and efficient with this toolkit.

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  • 05 of 06
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    Buying a new home can be a lot of fun. But it can also be challenging, too, especially if you have a short time within which to purchase or if you're buying in another city or another country where you can't easily arrange a mortgage or viewings of new properties. To help, check out this guide that will take you through the steps so you can feel confident in your purchase.

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    The kitchen is the heart of the home. And when it comes to moving, it is the most difficult room to stock, in particular, if this is your first kitchen. Often it takes months and sometimes longer to figure out what you need, including essential items like utensils and pots. And even when you do stock the essentials, how do you know how much you'll need? Is it better to buy a dish set for four or six? Which pots are needed to prepare daily meals? These questions and more are addressed and...MORE answered in this guide to stocking your very first kitchen.