Making the decision to move into a new home can be as exciting as it is overwhelming. When moving home, it can be easy to concentrate solely on the home you are leaving. However, when moving home, we have found that spending time completing some tasks in your new home is much easier when it is uninhabited.
Below are a few ideas for tasks to complete before you move in the first box, which will definitely make your life easier in the long run.
Before moving into a property, we like to make sure it is deep cleaned and ready to be lived in. This includes going room to room and vacuuming, then shampooing the carpets. Even though a carpet can look clean, it is definitely best to get a carpet cleaner. You can either do this yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Shampooing the carpets ensures as much dirt and dust as humanly possible is removed from the carpet. Doing this while there is no furniture allows you to clean every inch of the room and let it dry before moving in.
We also dust, clean, and polish every piece of woodwork in the house, from baseboards to mantelpieces. Depending on the size of the house, this can be a relatively quick job. We recommend working systematically from room to room.
We recommend cleaning the inside of any cupboards, both in the kitchen and any inbuilt storage in other rooms. If you are keeping the appliances such as fridges or washing machines, ensure that you clean them fully with water and vinegar. This combination will clean not only residues and dirt but also remove any unwanted odors.
If you are not replacing toilet seats and lightbulbs, we recommend you clean them both thoroughly too.
If you are moving to a new area, we advise you to either hire a company to complete the cleaning tasks for you or you head over a few days early to get the house clean to move in.
We always advise changing the locks of any new home you buy, although you are given the ‘only’ keys, you cannot be certain of this. If you know how to do this yourself, it is a quick trip to the hardware store and an updated lock on all external doors. We also recommend resetting and changing all security codes relevant to your home and any outbuildings.
It is best to ensure all smoke detectors have new batteries in and are in good working order. This should always be done before you move in to ensure your home is safe in the event of a fire. If there are any questions about the working order of the smoke detectors, get them checked immediately.
Ensure you know where the circuit breaker is. There is nothing worse than a power outage and you stumbling around in the dark to find this for the first time. Do the same with your shut-off valves too.
Some renovation projects are much easier without people or furniture too. So, we recommend making the most of the time before you move into your home to get as many renovation projects completed as you can.
This can include projects like remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, as not having those projects being completed with a houseful of people is so much easier. Whether you are completing renovations yourself or hiring a contractor, having them planned out before you move will make them much quicker to complete.
We always make a list before moving home of which projects have to be completed in the early days of being in the house. We then try to ensure that as many of them as possible are complete before the moving date. Not having to live in a house where extensive work is being completed is so much more calming.
Also, try to complete any projects that will be easier without other furniture in the house. Tasks like updating the floors are a much more arduous task when you are having to move out a roomful of furniture to complete it.
Decorating is another task that is so much easier if you do not have furniture in your way. Especially if you are planning to lay new flooring or carpets. Painting or hanging new wallpaper over the old flooring is much less risky than possible damage to new flooring.
Roof repairs are also on our list of must-dos before you move in. While easy to complete when living in the house, if you have to, it is so much more effective to do before you move. We advise you to complete a thorough inspection of your roof to check for leaks and loose tiles and have them fixed before you move in any of your belongings. Water damage to keepsakes and mementos can be devastating so minimizing the risk of this before you move in is essential.
If you are planning any renovations, it should go without saying that you can leave the cleaning of those rooms until after the projects have been completed. However, it is also sometimes best to leave other rooms until you are finished renovating too. This is because larger projects can cause dust and dirt in other rooms. But also, there is always the chance that as you update one room, you may feel like updating others. For this reason, we recommend you leave yourself some time between needing to move into your new home and needing to vacate your old one to get all of the work completed.© Copyright 2023. All Right Reserved.