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Surviving The First Night In A New Home.

Your RE/MAX Masterpiece agent has found you your dream home and the deal just closed. The process has been a real nail biter, but you are excited to be starting a new chapter in your life. As you prepare to pack all of your things to move, it is important to have a plan of action to make the transition as stress free as possible. Once you get all of your things moved, you can breathe a sigh of relief, until you realize that everything you need to be comfortable is in boxes spread through your new home. These helpful hints can prepare you to survive your first night in a new home.

Have a Plan

When you begin the packing process, most people are so anxious to move, they are packing boxes as fast as they can. If you have a plan before you begin packing, you will not only have an easier time unpacking, but you can plan ahead to have everything you need to survive your first night. You don’t have to draw up blueprints and a map, simply set aside 7 boxes and label them “First Night.”

Think Basic

You don’t have to hurry to unpack your house if you can think of the basics that you may need to get through the first few days. Take some time to think of basic supplies you may need to get by. If you are going to sleep, you are going to need bedding and a pillow. You are going to want to clean your house before you put stuff away, so you will need cleaning supplies. You will also want to set aside work clothes and pajamas from your wardrobe to get you through. It also helps to have a pen and some paper to write down any new information or make lists.

Emergencies Happen

Emergencies can happen and the world doesn’t slow down for a move. Make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency. You may be handling glass that has been broken in the move, you could be moving around the same time as a storm, and little things may break in the move. Make sure you are prepared for any emergency by packing a first aid kit, trash bags, a flashlight, medications, and a small tool kit.

Think of the Children

Moving can be a hassel without kids, when you add children into the mix, it can make things even more dififcult. Set aside a box for your children to be happy during their first night and make sure their rooms are one of the first set up.  Your children box should consist of pajamas, baby supplies, night lights, a change of clothes, and some board games. A first night in a new location can be scary for kids, you also want to pack any comfort items to help them through.

Don’t Move On An Empty Stomach

It is our instinct to get comfortable as quickly as we can, when in the moving process the one thing we always forget is to eat! Make sure you set aside a box with paper plates, plasticware, and a take out menu to your favorite restaurant. After movign boxes around, you certainly will not want to cook a big meal and have to clean up after, so preparing to order out and throw away will make eating simple.

Important Documents

You want to make sure you have all the documents you could need in ana emergency. This includes important papers like ids, passports, deeds, ect. Also make sure that you have all the new documents from your home sale or purchase.  Keep these documents in a safe place so they don’t get mixed up in the move.

Keep Up With Hygiene

When going through the moving process, it can be pretty sweaty and you are going to want to clean yourself up when you are done. Don’t forget to pack toiletries for the first night so you don’t have to box dive for your toothbrush. Make sure you have toilet paper, shampoo, soap, a shower curtain, towels, make up, and other hygiene items packed in a bag for first night.

Make Your Furry Friends Feel At Home

Not only is moving stressful for children, but it can be stressful for your pets. Animals feel comfortable in their surroundings, so upping them and moving them to a new place with new smells can be a difficult transition. Make sure your pets are comefortable on their first night by having animal food, medications, leash, collar, toys, and food dishes.

Your first night in your new home can be exciting and terrifying all at once. Being prepared with a few first night boxes can help make unpacking go smoothly and keep you and your family comfortable during your first few nights in your dream home.

Shining Some Light on Landscaping Trends

With the summer months approaching at full speed, homeowners are rushing to get the perfect summer touches added to their garden. People are spending top dollar to install the latest ponds, fountains, flowers, and other landscaping accessories to their garden in time for a season of relaxation and social gatherings. Where homeowners are searching high and low for their perfect landscape dream, there is one thing those interested in landscape focus on, the latest lighting trends.

Lighting Trends

A few years ago, people used light to make sitting outdoors after dusk simpler. With the lighting trends of today, people are trying to shine a light on their artistic side. Lighting is no longer used for basic seeing. People are using lighting to bring out their favorite plants or shrubs. The lighting trend is making its big debut because it is a simple and cost effective way to add nice touches to the outdoors.

A study shows that lighting is the most popular landscaping feature today (See figure 1.1).  The chart shows that 96% of people prefer outdoor lighting to decorate their outdoors compared to other outdoor décor. Outdoor lighting has more benefits then cost and simplicity. Most outdoor lights are made of recyclable material making them recyclable as well, offer easy installation, and are now solar powered to be environmentally friendly (Trends, 2010).


Finding Your Light in Shining Armor

Since there are many different types of outdoor lighting fixtures that could be used in several different locations, one may find it difficult to find the perfect lighting fixture to meet their needs. Each trend specifies to certain sections of the garden. When it comes to lighting up a garden or deck lamps, torches, and garden lamps add an illuminating touch to table talk, dining, or card games.

For general outdoor lighting, outdoor wall lamps can be subtle and make outdoor living feel as comfortable as indoor living. Wall light fixtures can provide more lighting in a doorway to make carrying things in and out of the house easier and can make moving about outside the house safer.

The two outdoor lighting trends discussed above are two simple and basic ways of using outdoor lighting. Efficient for all types of activities and provides a hand in outdoor safety. Some homeowners may prefer to go beyond basic and dabble in a little artistic lighting.

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Joe Rey-Barreau, director of the Lighting and Design Center at the University of Kentucky stated “the challenge with landscape lighting is that most people don’t immediately see all the possibilities” (Landscaping America, 2012). The purpose of artistic outdoor lighting is to highlight the focal points by focusing on architectural features.

Using outdoor lighting could be compared to a woman. When a woman uses light make up to highlight her best features, it makes her look flawless, almost like magic. This same touch could be used outdoors by lighting up a archway, putting a splash of light on the wall of the house, or putting a spotlight on the grilling area. When a pool is present, presenting the idea of swimming in heaven can be an aluminous effect by adding dim spotlights in the pool.

When using artistic lighting, it is important that the lights be subtle. Lights should be hidden in fixtures, plants, or trees. Though lighting is used for safety, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be tasteful. It is proven that houses that are well lit up are less likely to be burglarized, however, this safety feature can be done without having spotlights on every corner of the house or leaving the Christmas lights up year round. Safety can now be done in tastefully (See figure 2.0).

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Figure 2.0 A perfect example of a home secured tastefully with subtle lighting

Knocking out Lights: Solar vs. Electric Powering

There are now trending ways of powering trendy outdoor lighting fixtures. This epic battle has been up for debate since the creation of solar energy. Solar lights are cost efficient and safe, however, electricity powered is more dependable. No matter what ones preference is, there are new lighting modifications for trendier solar or electric powered lights.

Thanks to recent modifications, solar lights are now six to twelve times brighter than traditional solar lights; they are eco friendly, and work during power outages. Solar lights have become very popular with outdoor lighting due to their easy installation, no wiring, and no cost to run (Lowes, n.d).

Though solar powered lights take the top spot of trendy lighting, improvements have been made to electric powered outdoor lighting as well. Electric powered lights now have easy bulb replacement, new digital transformers, and easy-to-handle connectors.

All in all, lighting fixtures is now the most popular source of outdoor fixtures. It is expected to stay in the most popular spot due to its new shine on creativity, safety, and designs. Lighting fixtures are a beautiful touch to any landscaping project that can make sitting outdoors just as comfortable as sitting indoors. Trying these new trends will not only shine light on your creativity, they will light up your life!


Landscape lighting ideas. (2012, March 4). Landscaping America. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.landscape-america.com/landscapes/lighting/outdoor_lighting.html

The Latest Outdoor Lighting. (n.d.). Lowes. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.lowes.com/cd_The+Latest+in+Outdoor+Lighting_1265745146_?AID=10935405&PID=5367341&SID=skim18202X753938X26b6314794118fea7c52b598f07bb943&cm_mmc=AFF_CJ-_-Skimlinks-skim18202X753938X26b6314794118fea7c52b598f07bb943-_-2617611-_-10935405


outdoor lighting ideas | ™ Trends Magazine. (2010, June 9). ™ Trends Magazine | Interior. Cars. Trucks . Boats and Yachts. Jewelry. Travel. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://trendszine.com/interior/2010/06/09/outdoor-lighting-ideas.html