8 Home Improvements To Make Before You Move In
Moving is already an overwhelming task. Between the packing, downsizing and unpacking, renovating your new place is probably the last thing on your mind. However, that is the best time to start home upgrades because your home is empty and furniture free. If you have the extra time on your hands, consider these home improvements before your making the big move.
Flooring can take on a lot of wear and tear, so it’s common to want to refloor your home after you buy it. This may seem like a big project at a very unnecessary time but it could save you some money rather than putting it off down the line. Since your home is empty right now, the flooring company doesn’t have the added responsibility of moving all your furniture and they can also replace baseboards or any other trim work to match it.
2. Interior Painting.
Painting is way easier when the whole house is empty and object free. You avoid the hassle of moving furniture or covering them. If you decide to hire a professional to paint your home, this can lower the cost as it saves them extra labor. You also get to avoid the fresh paint fumes when you get this done before moving in.
3. Popcorn Ceiling/Walls.
These type of ceilings and walls were trendy in the past but can be quite the eye sore these days. Popcorn ceilings can also contain asbestos, which mean it’s even more crucial that they be removed before you and your family move in. It’s best to get a professional in and have these ceilings removed. Doing this before you move in can save money due to the handyman not having to cover furniture and move things around.
4. Closet Shelving.
Nothing is worse than moving in, unpacking and realizing you don’t have space for all your belongings. Install extra shelving or closet fixtures to make the space more efficient and appealing. This will save you time of unpacking your closet just to move everything out again to put in shelving.
5. Change Exterior Locks.
You never know who the previous homeowner gave a key to, so to be extra safe, change the exterior locks and alarm system codes before you move in. This is something that can be done in an hour or less and you can do it yourself!
6. Heating and Cooling Filters.
To be on the safe side, you should check your heating and cooling filter to see if its old or faulty. If unchecked, it could lead to the system working inefficiently or break. Filters are relatively cheap and can be installed by yourself.
Don’t wait until you move in to take the necessary precautionary steps to protect your children or pets from household hazards. Cover outlets, secure cabinets and putting gates near stairs.
8. Check smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.
Before you move in, make sure to put new batteries in these alarms to make sure they are working by move in day.
Moving is a big job that is also riddled with complications and last-minute expenses. Preparation and organization are your best friends when it comes to a smooth move. Get ahead with these pre move in home improvement tasks so you can enjoy your new home without any stress!
PDQ 4U is Essex County’s moving and home maintenance specialists. Our team is licensed and insured to make sure that you and your belongings are always protected. Our satisfaction comes from your successful move! Contact us today for a free quote and moving plan 1-877-737-4812.