After months and months of searching, you have finally found your new home. And, after weeks and weeks of downsizing and packing, your household belongings are now ready to be transferred to your new address. Congratulations! You are almost finished! However, before you start to unpack, you must make sure that your new home is ready for you. Sometimes all you have to do are finishing touches, but sometimes big renovations are in order. For the latter, you must postpone your move-in date. And, why? Because living in a home that is being renovated is not safe! Thus, wait. Renovate only what’s absolutely necessary, and you will avoid a lot of potential problems and accidents. To help you out, here are some home renovations you should definitely complete before moving in.
1. Fix and Insulate the Roof
Whatever you do, do not move into a house that has an unfinished or simply damaged roof. Trust us, that house is not in good shape! If your roof leaks, all your walls, and thus rooms underneath, will get damaged too. Moreover, strong winds can blow off some parts of the damaged roof and somebody can easily get hurt. So, remember – always check the condition of the roof before you buy the house. And, why is that? Because fixing and insulating the roof is a huge project that requires a lot of time, money, and energy. However, if you have already fallen in love with a house whose roof needs some ‘love’, postpone moving in until everything is fixed. If you have never done this before, call a contractor. They will know the best time to install a new roof, and the best time to fix the existing one.
Do not try to fix your roof by yourself! Call somebody who has the proper skills and experience! Alt.tag: A person fixing the roof.
2. Replace Electrical And Plumbing Systems
Another major home renovation that you should definitely do before moving in is replacing or fixing all electrical and plumbing systems. Of course, if necessary. Again, just like with the roof, living in a home that has bad electrical and plumbing systems is dangerous, and probably impossible. Just imagine – you have finally settled in, all your furniture is in its place and all the boxes are unpacked, but then, all of a sudden, you are forced to pack up everything and start tearing down the walls. But, it is something that has to be done! As previously mentioned, living in a house that leaks or short-circuits can be risky. Thus, before you move in, call a contractor and let him/her check the condition of your electrical and plumbing systems. Then, when you finish, feel free to call moving professionals such as bluebellmovingandstorage.com to help you relocate.
3. Repaint Everything
Unless your home is a complete mess, and the walls inside look like a nightmare, repainting can be postponed. But, if you are like most of us, you probably do not want to move into your new home that still reflects its previous owners. Simply thinking about that ghost of the past makes us feel uncomfortable. But, do not worry, that is perfectly normal. And, there is nothing wrong with wanting your new home to be just yours. However, this is another one of those projects that requires time and postpones moving in. You can not bring in all the furniture inside and move it back and forth until every room is repainted. It will be too complicated, and even dangerous if you have children and pets. So, paint first, and look for help settling into your new home later on.
Repaint the entire house before you start moving in. Alt.tag: A painter.
4. Spruce up the Bathroom
Believe it or not, but for most people, the bathroom is the sanctuary. Bathrooms are private, peaceful and quiet. They are places we often go when we need to think and relax, especially if we live with a lot of people. And, most importantly, bathrooms are the first places we go to when we start our days and the last places we go to before we hit the bed. So, it is necessary that this ‘sanctuary’ is not only functional but that it also looks good. Thus, spruce it up! It does not have to be anything ‘bank-breaking’, some simple projects will do the trick too! There are many bathroom remodeling ideas on a budget online. For instance, you can replace the tiles, the cabinets, the shower, etc. Make it your own. Add finishing touches too. These things will not only make you feel better, but they will also increase the value of your home. Thus, do not hesitate to postpone moving in until you finish it.
Bathrooms are as important as any other room in the house. Do not hesitate to renovate them. Alt.tag: A Bathroom.
5. Update All the Appliances and Devices
Last, but definitely not the least – you should update all the appliances and devices. This project, though, requires a lot of planning and knowledge. For instance, just for your kitchen, you will need dozens of appliances (everything from a toaster to a refrigerator), and all those appliances and devices require adequate space and enough electrical outlets. Thus, it would be a good idea to update everything before you move in, unless you want to constantly move all the furniture around and disassemble your kitchen every time you need another outlet. So, make a plan! Decide what appliances and devices need replacing, and do it beforehand. This decision will not only save you a lot of time and energy, but also increase the value of your home.