Surviving the First Night in Your New Home
Posted on 6/19/2017 by Stanley Martin Homes
When you dream about spending nights in your new home, you may be thinking of cozy evenings by the fire, stories at the dinner table or beloved guests coming by for a visit. The first night however, is usually not so ideal. Once the arduous task of moving has been completed, you'll be looking for anything to signal its end. Follow our tips to make sure the first night in your dream home is far from a nightmare.

Remember the Essentials

packing list

During the final moments of packing you'll want to shove everything on a truck and worry about efficiency later, but don't fall into that trap! Take some time to make a list of things you'll want when the hustle has died down and you can exhale in your new home. Include items like paper towels, bathroom tissue, hand soap and phone chargers on your list. Set aside loofahs, bath towels and body wash for a hot shower after a long day of moving. Don't forget to prepare a backpack with important things like medications, laptops and a change of clothes for the next day.


Once everything is in its place and you have a moment to yourself, you will come to realize one monumental truth: You are starving. The very last thing you will want to do is begin unpacking the kitchen and making your way to the nearest grocery store is undoubtedly out of the question. So it's time to head to a restaurant, but not just any restaurant. Your family is tired and any small children will be a bit cranky toward the end of it all. If you're staying in a familiar area, head to your favorite eatery - the old standby that never disappoints. If you've moved quite a distance from your usual favorite, scope out locally owned options a few days in advance and make plans to enjoy dinner there. A delicious meal is definitely the best way to get to know a new neighborhood.

Create Comfort

Think back to the last time you spent the night in an unfamiliar place. How did you sleep? Chances are, you weren't rested enough to spend the next 48 or more hours unpacking and turning a house into a home. Avoid the grogginess and prepare before you load the moving truck. Set aside your favorite blanket and pillow, and the kids' favorite stuffed animals. Most important of all? Don't forget the bed! Make sure your mattress makes it off the truck or bring along the comfiest air mattress you own. Set yourself up to catch some quality Z's before attempting the following day's tasks.

Stay Entertained

kids in a fort

Take advantage of the Wi-Fi available in your old home before braving a new, unconnected world. Download a few of your favorite shows and movies before the move. Load up on podcasts and keep a speaker within arm's reach. Chances are, your cable and internet are being installed within the next few days, but why risk it? And remember, if you prepare the kids' media the same way, the first night will be easier on everyone.

Snap A Memory

taking a selfie

You did it! You moved into your new home and this is the only first night in you get. Gather the family and pose for a proud selfie in the doorway.

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