(Closed) How long did it take for your new home to feel like "home"?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: When did you feel at home in your new place?
    Within the first month : (35 votes)
    34 %
    1-2 months : (20 votes)
    20 %
    3-4 months : (11 votes)
    11 %
    5-6 months : (7 votes)
    7 %
    7+ months : (7 votes)
    7 %
    Still adjusting, living there 1-2 months : (8 votes)
    8 %
    Still adjusting, living there 3-4 months : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Still adjusting, living there 5-6 months : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Still adjusting, living there 7+ months : (11 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 17
    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Following because I’m moving in to our new house this weekend. Fiance won’t be moving in  until after the wedding (and subsequent honeymoon) though so I bet it’s gonna take a while. 

    Post # 18
    176 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    For me, it felt like home the very day we moved in. I was so tired of idiot landlords not fixing things but collecting your money every month and idiot tenants being disrespectful and loud that it felt absolutely wonderful knowing the place was all ours.

    Post # 19
    2684 posts
    Sugar bee

    It usually takes me about a month to adjust.  It helps to have things unpacked and pictures on walls.  The more I decorate, the more it feels like home to me.  With my current house, it felt like home after we finished our first home improvement project (scraping down the popcorn ceilings).  I realized that this house was ours and we could do anything we wanted to it to make it what we wanted.

    Post # 22
    488 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We have moved in to our new house about two months ago. It’s not quite finished, there are boxes everywhere, most of the pictures are still leaning against walls and we’re living out of Ikea hanging frames so there are piles of clothes…and it still feels like home 🙂 And it did from the very first night we spent in there, with pizza, a film and our lovely cockatiel.

    I think it will just come naturally to you both, and it’s not something you can shimmy along. But it will happen 🙂 

    Post # 23
    3276 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We unpacked everythinggg before we move in the furniture. We have had the house for 1.5 weeks (did some major reno during that time) and now we have pictures up, walls painted, everything out of boxes and it already feels like home and we are just moving in furniture today! I think unpacking would help a lot

    Post # 24
    8470 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Well we’ve been here since June 22nd, and believe it or not, it STILL hasn’t sunk in yet that this my own home! 

    I only have 1 room left to furnish and some window treatments to get up. But I’m still waiting for it to really hit me. (Even paying the 1st mortgage bill didn’t do it!)

    Post # 25
    47 posts
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We have been living in our new house since middle June and it still does not feel like it is home yet. We still have boxes everywhere and nothing arranged like we would like. We are also finishing up a kitchen remodel. I doubt it will feel like home until we get all the boxes unpacked, the kitchen finished, and pictures on the wall. 


    We lived in the place we were renting for 6 years. That still feels like home there. But after a while this new house will feel like a home.

    Post # 26
    1646 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Commenting to follow – SO just closed on his first place this week and I’m wondering the same thing.

    Post # 27
    1812 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    We’re only 8 days in, but it feels like “ours” because we were ready to say “good riddance” to our last apartment! The house still looks like a bomb went off in it: I’m still unpacking as fast as I can, the garage is being used to store some unpacked boxes and some “garage sale” boxes so we can’t put both cars in it yet, I’m still deciding the best walls to put furniture up against, so I haven’t hung up any art/photos yet… still a lot to do! I hope to “finish” by the end of August.

    Post # 28
    488 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Fiance and I were actually talking about this the other day. We’ve been living in our house for about a month, but were working on it with painting, finishing the floors, etc. since June. I noticed when I went back to my parents house this weekend for a visit, all of a sudden I felt more like a guest going into my old room. I never got that feeling before, so I am starting to think that our house is finally starting to feel like home. I look forward to being there with Fiance more than anywhere else 🙂


    However, I would LOVE for all the boxes to go away and for us to start decorating. Decorating will probably take some time though.

    Post # 29
    2493 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We’ve been here close to 2 years, and it still doesn’t feely ‘home-y’ to me. We bought as a power of sale and it was really run down, so we have a bunch of renos to do (last year $ went to the wedding, and with Darling Husband working away from home over the summers, stuff will finally start getting done this fall). All our walls were painted the same colour to save on labour, etc. before we moved in, so I’m definitely looking forward to painting, soon… same with hanging photos, etc.

    Post # 30
    2692 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    It took me over a year but a lot of that had to do with the fact that I was also adjusting to a new place/country without my family.  Once I started putting my own personal touches in the house and decorating with my own style, it felt like home.

    Post # 31
    855 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    It took me about a week to feel like home, but it took my Darling Husband longer probably about a month or two. Im in the hosue constantly so I think thats why I felt at home right away..I unpacked in this first 3 days and spent literally a week straight not leaving the house. My hubby however was never home bc of work so it took him longer. I think you just have to spend time in your new home and make memories there to make it feel like home. Decorating and the like helps too, but it really came down to being emmersed in my home for all hours of the day. GL

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