Most people are so consumed with their move that they never stop to think about the opportunities it presents for improving the interiors. The small window of time before you move in all your stuff but after the previous occupiers have moved theirs is critical for making any essential changes to the interior decor of your new home. Many jobs that would be difficult to do with all your furniture in place are made much easier when the rooms are bare and you have a blank canvas. You can have the house made over from top to bottom without having to figure out how to move all your stuff or where to store it. When it comes to home makeovers, there’s no time like just before moving in.
In addition to the convenience, you also want to move in somewhere that feels “new” even if it isn’t. Giving your home a bit of a makeover before you’ve even settled in helps to give you ownership over it. You may feel more settled in once you and the family finally decide to move.
Even if your budget is stretched, there’s often no time like the present to press on with critical jobs that would be difficult once you’ve called your local mover and had all your stuff deposited at the new property. Here’s what to do before moving into your new home.
Tip #1: Sort Out The Garage
The garage will instantly be filled up with all kinds of junk the minute your stuff arrives at your new home. People don’t just put their cars in their garages anymore. They’ve become a repository for bikes, camping gear, tools of all kinds, weights, lawn mowers – practically everything you can imagine. Because of this, it’s a good idea to carefully think about the purpose of the garage before moving in and make preparations. Is your garage going to be used to store your car? If so, make sure that there’s enough clearance either side (especially if you’re moving into an older property) and that you’ll have space for the rest of your belongings. Next, think carefully about what you’ll store in your new garage. Will you need shelving running around the edges? Do you need a workbench for DIY or home repairs? Are you a biking fanatic and will you need space to work on your bicycle?
Often the garage is the most accessible part of the home. You are especially fortunate if it has shelves already installed by the previous owner. Thus, it’s a good idea to ask the removal company to pack all your garage items into boxes last. This way boxes can be unloaded and put on your new garage shelves first. This helps prevent the garage from being stacking up to the ceiling with boxes, providing space to put the car or work on projects.
Tip #2: Check You Have Enough Electrical Outlets
If you’re moving into a new home, you can skip this section: you already have all the electrical outlets you need. However, It’s very likely that the electrical outlets are insufficient for modern family life if you’re moving into an older property. Many families dump all their stuff in their new “period” property. Often using a combination of extension cables and multi-sockets to make the best use of all the existing outlets. However, this can present a fire hazard, especially if the wiring is more than 50 years old. Drawing too much current through one point is extremely dangerous.
The best time to do work on electrical outlets is when the house is empty. Most are paid by the hour. Making it easy for electricians to do their work is the best way to ensure a low price. It’s worth remembering that modern technology today allows for many highly sophisticated options that you might not have in your home at the moment. For instance, in your present home, you probably had to turn on all the light switches by hand. Why not get your electrician to install motion-detection lighting in your new laundry room? This way you’re not fighting to flick the switch while carrying a mountain of clothes? You can also add things like track lights to make it easier to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night without having to turn on any lights or risk waking people up. These are especially useful if you’re planning on living with an elderly relative.
Tip #3: Deck Out Your Closet System
Putting chests of drawers in your new bedroom is certainly one way to sort out your closet system. That being said, nothing beats a bespoke closet setup. Having a built-in closet along one wall is probably the best. Installing a new closet system ahead of the removal date can really add to your sense of satisfaction when all your stuff arrives. Doing this once you’ve moved in is a real hassle
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When it comes to installing new closets, there are two options: one is to get professional installers to come and carry out the work, the other is to do it yourself. Professionals can often install new closet systems in a single day if you’re on a tight schedule. If you go the DIY route, the process will take a little longer. Simply because of the fact that you often have to follow a mountain of instructions. Either way, you end up with a stunning closet system that’ll make the move seem more worthwhile.
Tip #4: Install New Crown Molding
Crown molding looks stunning when done correctly. Once all your stuff has been moved in, it can be difficult to do throughout the entire house . The best approach, therefore, is to make sure that your crown molding is perfect before you move in. As with electrical circuits, crown molding is often installed as standard in new homes, but it may be absent or degraded in older properties. The good news is that it is easy to install. Installing crown molding best done after you’ve finished painting the interior walls. (So that you don’t have to spend ages on a ladder, carefully making sure not to get any paint splatter on the molding itself).
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