What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

Once you’ve signed and closed on your new home, the work continues! There are so many projects you can do in the first few months as well as within the first year. Whether you’re looking at the interior of your home and considering upgrading the walls with a fresh coat of paint or if you’re looking at the exterior and considering new landscaping ideas, being a new homeowner is a labor of love.
Here’s what you can do to maintain your home all year long.
Painting Your Home 
One of the most common home renovation projects you may consider within the first year of moving into your new space is painting your room or multiple rooms. We’ve included some tips and techniques on how to paint different parts of your house and also offer some ideas on which colors might set just the tone you’re looking for.

Indoor Painting Tips and Techniques
How to Paint a Room
10 Ideas for Painting a Girl’s Bedroom
10 Ideas for Painting a Boy’s Bedroom
Living Room Paint Ideas Guaranteed to Transform Your Space

Window Treatments 
When you move into your new home, you’ll want just the right coverage on your windows to illuminate or darken your rooms while at the same, show off your own sense of style. Here are some inspirational ideas on how you can liven up your windows in an artful way.

10 Awesome Ideas for Window Treatments
Trending Living Room Curtain Ideas
9 Best Smart Blinds

No matter what season it is, it’s important for you to make sure that you have proper insulation in your house. Learn about the different insulations types for your attic, how to insulate your house and how to prevent frozen pipes during the cold season.

Prevent Frozen Pipes With Insulation and Warm Air
Pros and Cons of Attic Insulation Types
How to Insulate a House

What your home looks like on the outside is just as important as what it looks like on the inside. Whether you have a small or large yard, we have a variety of landscaping ideas that’ll shape the look and feel of your home.

15 Landscaping Tips for All House Styles
14 Smart Small Yard Landscaping Ideas

Upgrades and Replacements  
What are some DIY jobs you can tackle when an appliance or part of your home system breaks down? Learn some of the basics — from how to fix a doorbell to replacing a lightbulb when it goes out.

When a Thermostat Fails
Repair a Doorbell: Fix a Dead or Broken Doorbell
How to Upgrade and Replace Lightbulbs 

Home maintenance doesn’t have to be a burden if you stay on top of problems when they arise. Whether you’re checking your sump pump, installing new smoke alarms, or caulking windows, there’s always something to do to ensure your home is healthy and up to code. Consider creating a home maintenance checklist for every season.

Year-Round Home Maintenance Checklist
A First-Time Buyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance


Summer Maintenance Checklist
Fall Maintenance Checklist
Winter Maintenance Checklist
Spring Maintenance Checklist

Basic Projects for New Homeowners
If you’re new to the DIY world, we’ve got you covered! Learn how to start a garden, repair a broken pipe, fix an appliance or even use a leaf blower. Tackling these basic projects will build your confidence and equip you to be a more informed and seasoned homeowner.

How to Paint a Room
How to Pressure Wash a House
How to Fertilize Your Lawn
How to Start a Garden
How to Repair a Broken Pipe
How to Fix Household Appliances
How to Use a Leaf Blower

More New Homeowner Tips and Information
Here are some additional tips and information that could help best prepare you to make the right decisions as a new homeowner — from checking your electrical and HVAC systems, compiling a list of contractors for needed repairs and creating an inventory of all your valuable assets you’ll be moving in with.
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New Homeowner Products
There’s no shortage of things you could buy for your new house. It’s a list that could get long and very expensive pretty quickly. The key here is to focus in on what you need. Use this list for guidance and know what to avoid.
The 10 Things New Homeowners Spend the Most Money OnThe Most Essential Products for New Homeowners14 Expenses New Homeowners Waste Money On
New Homeowner Resources 
If you have any questions on products that you’re considering purchasing for your home, these national home improvement chains are tried-and-true resources.
The Home DepotLowe’sAce Hardware

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