Buying a new home is always an exciting experience. That is especially the case if you have children. However, you’ll want to make sure your new property is up to standard before moving in. We all know how difficult it can be to sort problems and redecorate with all your stuff around. To make your life easier, we’ve created a list of issues you might want to consider. So long as you cover everything mentioned on this page, your moving day should go off without a hitch. Just make sure you don’t rush the moving process. The last thing you want to do is put all your possessions back into storage while work gets underway.
Check the roof and arrange repairs
Unless you are moving into a brand new property, you’ll need to head up into the loft to check the roof. Over time, tiles can break and deteriorate. That could result in flooding and other water-based problems. Without care, you might cause serious damage to your new home. Get everything sorted quickly, and you will save a fortune. Damp left untreated could make your home uninhabitable. Mould could form that will make your children ill. Also, you might have to deal with subsidence. Do yourself a favour and check the roof ahead of time. You might only have to spend a couple of hundred dollars to get everything sorted. Presuming there are problems, you just need to contact a specialist.
Make sure the electrics work
You don’t want to move into a property with dodgy electrics. They could injure your family members and send them to the hospital. Also, fires can start when exposed wires come into contact with flammable materials. Presuming you plan to move soon, you will need to call a 24 hour emergency electrician. There is no time to waste because unsafe electrics will make the home unsuitable for your kids. The last thing you want is for the switch to trip during the night leaving you without power. That is incredibly dangerous.
Redecorate in neutral colours
It’s hard to work out decoration themes for a new home. You have to live there for a while before you get the right ideas. However, that doesn’t mean you have to put up with other people’s tastes. Removing all the wallpaper and painting in neutral colours is a good idea. It will turn your new property into a blank canvas. Plus, your home might look as though it was designed by a professional. It’s much easier to work out how you want your rooms to look once you’ve done that. Also, it means you will move into a home that appears brand new. Just make sure you leave a window open, so your possessions don’t smell like paint. We all know how long those fumes can linger.
Install solar panels
Nobody wants to pay more for their electricity than is necessary. So, it makes sense to go green as soon as possible. It can take workmen a couple of days to install solar panels on your roof. That could cause a serious disturbance, especially if you work from home. Our best advice would be to get everything installed before you plan to move. You will save a lot of money on utility bills, and you could receive a cheque at the end of the year. When all’s said and done, everyone will use solar panels soon. So, it is wise to start as you mean to go on.
Think about flooring solutions
In some instances, you might get lucky when it comes to flooring. Perhaps the previous owner didn’t have bad taste, and you keep their solution for a while? That isn’t going to happen in most circumstances. So, you will need to choose the right flooring solutions for every room. Most people choose laminate for their ground floor. It tends to look good, but it doesn’t help to retain heat. That is why you must also get some thick rugs for your living room. It is sensible to use carpet upstairs because it is warmer and more comfortable. Nobody wants to step out of bed and onto a cold floor in the morning.
Renovate the bathroom
Again, some people might get lucky by purchasing a home with a new bathroom. However, that won’t happen in most instances. With that in mind, you need to look for a good bathroom suite as soon as possible. Check online auction websites if you need to make savings. Otherwise, visit specialist retailers in your local area. You will need the services of a professional to install the new suite. Don’t make the mistake of doing it yourself. Messing around with plumbing is not a good idea when you purchase a new home. You risk flooding the property and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Be smart, and pay for an expert.
Improve the garden
If you have more time left before your moving date, you should improve the garden. Your kids will want to spend time playing outside, and so it needs to be a safe area. Add fences if they aren’t there already, and cut the grass to a manageable level. You could also plant flowers and shrubs to brighten the yard. Outdoor lighting is critical if you plan to hold barbecues and dinner parties. Again, look for solar alternatives to ensure you are protecting the planet. There is no need to use lights that plug into your mains supply these days. Just avoid the cheapest solar products on the market because they tend to break easily.
Now you know how to get your new property up to standard, everything should be ready by your moving date. The previous owners might stay in the home until you relocate. In that instance, you must ask for their permission to undertake the work. Unless you are buying from a particularly difficult seller, there should be no issues. Just don’t forget to ask if they are willing to leave anything behind. A free cooker and fridge could mean you have more cash to spend on renovations.