A new house means a lot of preparation and everything you will need to do before entering into the new residence. Most people often take care of major structural, electrical or plumbing projects. But instead of these, there are also a number of tiny projects that are easier to accomplish while you’re still living somewhere else.
So, for all of you soon becoming homeowners out there, here are some essential but smaller projects you’ll be glad you did prior to moving day.
1) Repairing the Garage Floor
Before you load the garage with extra tires, garden tools and unpacked boxes (not to mention cars), it’s a good idea to repair cracks in the concrete with masonry patching compound. You can even go a step further and finish the floor with hard-wearing concrete paint. The most durable and stain-resistant concrete paints are epoxy-based, and some of them are specifically designed for garage floors. Epoxy-based paint costs a little more, but it’ll give you a more durable finish.
2) Stripping Wood Trim
This job takes a lot of elbow grease. But if you have beautiful old trim buried beneath layers of cracked and peeling paint, you’ll be richly rewarded for your work. You’ll need few tools and materials, but the job is messy and the chemicals are noxious. Your family will appreciate having this project completed before the moving date. It’s a good idea to strip a small area to see how long it will take. If the trim is contoured or ornate, stripping it could take months.
3) Removing Old Wallpaper
Though it’s a simple job that requires just a few tools and materials, removing wallpaper is a sloppy process. Aside from the chemicals or steam that you’ll use to loosen the adhesive, you’ll also have a ton of sodden wallpaper to get rid of.
4) Refinishing Wood Floors
Redoing floors can be a major expense if you have a contractor do the work. Still, if your floors are sound and made of hardwood or yellow pine, it may be well worth it. A professional floor refinishing can have an incredible effect on your home’s overall appearance. Of course, you can do the work yourself for much less, but if there’s a lot of floor to cover, this can become an enormous job. Before you choose either route, make sure the floor doesn’t just need a heavy-duty cleaning.
5) Cleaning Carpets
Don’t fill your rooms with furniture and then try to deal with wall-to-wall carpeting. Get to it while the house is empty. Clean what’s worth saving, and replace what isn’t. Our Stain Removal Toolkit can give you some help with stubborn spots.
6) Upgrading Attic Insulation
Your pre-purchase house inspection should include the attic insulation. If it’s damp, compacted or foul-smelling, have an insulation contractor remove it and install new material. Or, if you’re adventurous, do it yourself.
7) Cleaning Fireplaces and Flues
This is another job that can really get messy. Just how messy depends on how often the previous owners cleaned the fireplace. A professional chimney sweep has the right equipment to do this job quickly and cleanly. Once again, it’s a lot nicer not to live in the house until it’s all over.
8) Upgrading Exterior Door Locks
Your security is the main reason to change locks, but you can make another big improvement at the same time. Choosing new hardware gives you an opportunity to improve the look of any door. There are a wide range of entry locksets and deadbolt locks available in the market. And installing them is an easy do-it-yourself job if you know the actual procedure.
9) Installing Smoke Detectors
Your house should have smoke detectors on every floor. Be sure they’re working properly before your family spends their first night in your new home. For more on installation and placement, you can make a little research online.
10) Reorganizing the Closets
A lot of closet accessories are available nowadays, from shelving units and storage bins to closet rods. Some of them are likely to improve your storage situation. Installing them is simple enough but saves yourself the extra work and make sure to do it before you move your clothes in.
Making life easier and safer is everybody’s intention and it should get the maximum priority. The above steps are really simple and you can do them within a few hours. Moreover, they will not take your extra efforts but can make a great change in attaining your loving new house.