Spring signals the start of a busy home-buying season, especially in Vermont. Now that piles of snow and 4 p.m. sunsets aren't obscuring homes and yards, more sellers are putting up the "For sale" signs — and house hunters who have been waiting all winter for the right home to come on the market are jumping at the chance to buy.
So spring is also the season of housewarming gifts. According to the Burlington-based Emily Post Institute, a national authority on etiquette, these gifts "are usually small tokens, not major items: This is, after all, not a wedding." The institute suggests giving "something lasting for the house": guest towels, a houseplant, a cheeseboard, a picture frame, etc. We like a good houseplant as much as the next person, but we couldn't help thinking that moving day itself — always a struggle — calls for more practical gifts, and ones that may be far more appreciated.
Think about it: When you're moving, you're up at the crack of dawn to rent the U-Haul, pack it up, pick up the keys, and begin the days-long task of cleaning and unpacking. You're lifting couches, washing floors and — shoot! You didn't even think to bring toilet paper. And at the end of the day, when you're ready for dinner, you have to dig through all your boxes to find the spaghetti tongs.
Nest put together an easy, low-cost housewarming kit to help new homeowners survive — and thrive — on moving day. Whether you're gifting it to friends or family or taking note for your own upcoming move, everything here is designed to be immediately helpful while still useful in the long run. Now, get a move on!
This housewarming kit is endlessly adaptable. The Emily Post Institute suggests giving new-to-town neighbors "area maps, the town paper, restaurant menus ... anything that will make it easier" to feel welcome and at home. We love that idea. Here are some others:
The original print version of this article was headlined "Make Your Move"