Prepare for maintenance
At your apartment, the landlord would take care of the maintenance of the building. When you move to a new home make sure to buy shovels to remove snow, extra furnace filters, yard and gardening tools, and other items to help take care of them home.
Watch your energy and water usage
If your apartment charged you a flat rate for your utilities before, start paying attention to what lights you have on and how long you shower to reduce your bills.
You have a brand new empty home, so fill it with furniture! Plan ahead before you make any big furniture purchases to make sure you will still qualify to buy the home you have your heart set on.
Things are going to break. Accept it and just be prepared. Make sure to have the basics like a screwdriver, hammer, and tape measure.
Pay attention to what appliances will be included with your new house. Apartments have all the appliances you need, but a new home may not! You’ll have to purchase these appliances yourself.
Decorate your new home! Start by painting the walls or adding wallpaper. Hang up your favorite pictures, posters, and anything else you like. You can even make your own DIY decorations.
When you finally get settled in your new home, throw a housewarming party! This is a huge milestone and you deserve to celebrate!