10 November 2016

Knee-Deep in Renovation Plans? Household Jobs to Complete Before You Move In

Have you bought a new house? Is it need of some TLC? If you’re moving, the last thing you want is to be living on a building site. If you’re knee-deep in renovation plans, here are some household jobs to complete before you move in.

Structural work--

If there’s any structural work that needs doing, try and make sure this is finished before you move. You don’t want to be eating in a kitchen full of dust or sleeping in a room with half the wall knocked down. If you’ve bought an old house, you may need to carry out some repairs to the foundations or walls. Or you may simply want to change the layout of the house slightly. Perhaps you want to create a larger master suite upstairs or a kitchen-diner downstairs. Before you finalize the purchase, make sure you’re aware of the extent of any damage. You don’t want to fall head over heels for a house, and then find out you need to spend a fortune to make it habitable. If you’re considering structural changes or maintenance work, shop around for quotes. Don’t go with the first building or planning firm just to save time. You may find that other companies offer better rates.

Roofing repairs--

A survey should highlight any issues with the roof. You may be able to spot signs of damage, such as loose or missing tiles from the ground. There may also be patches of damp on the ceiling that indicate potential problems. Once you’ve bought a house, it’s essential to make a list of priority jobs. With winter approaching, the sooner you can resolve roofing issues, the better. Wet weather can cause leaks, and roofers may not be able to work in certain conditions. If you’re looking for local roofers, use the Internet, and ask around for recommendations. Get a few firms out, and compare quotes.


Are you planning a cosmetic makeover? Are you keen to paint or paper the walls? You can do this once you’ve moved in, but it’s much easier to do it before. If you’ve already settled in, you’ll have to move the furniture around and cover everything while you paint. You may also not be able to use certain rooms while the paint is drying. If you can do these jobs in advance, your home will look fabulous when you move in, and you’ll save yourself time and energy. If you are doing the painting yourself, make sure you prepare the walls. Sand each wall, and wipe the surfaces down with a damp cloth. Apply a coat of primer, and wait for it to dry. When you’re ready, start with your first coat. Use a roller for large areas, and a small brush for corners and edges. Use masking tape to protect window frames and provide a barrier between walls and ceilings. You’ll probably need at least two coats. If you’re covering a dark or bright color, you may need more. Let each coat dry before you start the next layer.

Updating electrics--

If you’ve bought a very old house, there may be issues with the electrics that need resolving as a matter of urgency. The house may need rewiring, or you might need to replace existing sockets. If you’ve got an electrician on board, this is also a good time to add any extra power points you need. You may also wish to ask them to test your kitchen appliances for safety.


Nobody wants to move into a new house and spend the first few days shivering under a pile of blankets. If you already have a furnace in place, make sure that it works. Book a maintenance check. If there is a problem, it’s best to repair hvac issues swiftly. If the furnace is old, there’s a good chance that you’ll experience repeat problems when you move in. In this case, it may be better to replace the system. You’ll be paying out initially. But you should save money in the long-run. With temperatures dropping by the day, it’s nice to know that your home will be cozy and warm when you move in.

Laying carpets and floorboards--

If you’re planning a change of flooring, try and do this before your moving date. This is a job that could be done afterwards. But it’s a lot less hassle to do it in an empty house. If you’ve already moved, you’ll have to move all the furniture out of the rooms you’re updating.

Installing a new kitchen or bathroom--

With cosmetic changes, it’s easy to do work as you go. You can easily add interior design touches to your living room or update your bedroom furniture, for example. However, it’s always a good idea to have the rooms you use most sorted beforehand. You’ll want to cook and prepare food, for example. If you’ve got a new kitchen ready and raring to go, this will make life a lot easier. You can add accessories once you’ve moved. But it’s a good idea to get units and appliances fitted. You’ll also need to use the bathroom, so book your fitter well in advance. If you’re in a hurry to move, at least you’ll have the essentials sorted. You can then focus on bedrooms, studies, and the garden after you’ve moved.

Moving home can be stressful at the best of times. If you’re renovating, the last thing you want is to be surrounded by dust and dirt. When you’ve finalized the acquisition, start making plans as soon as possible. If you can get the major jobs done before you move in, this will make such a difference. You can spend your first few days settling in, rather than worrying about broken furnaces and leaking ceilings. Many of us look forward to choosing colors and buying cushions and new bed linen. But try and focus on the priority jobs. Once you’ve ticked these off, you can look through interior magazines and make mood boards to your heart’s content.  

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