Finally, months or even years of searching for your new home are over. You have found a house/apartment you have always dreamed of. Congratulations! But, do not start with celebrations just yet! There are many things you must finish before you can actually relocate, unpack your boxes and settle in. Yes, rare are the homes that are move-in-ready, unfortunately. Moreover, most of them probably also reflect their previous owners, that is, the ghost of the past is still more than present. And how to get rid of it and make your home actually yours? Well, there is only one way – by renovating it. Thus, if you are interested in some of the most important home renovations, as well as some of the best ideas for home renovations, you must do before you and your family are able to move in, keep on reading.
- Electrical and Plumbing Systems
When it comes to home renovations, electrical and plumbing problems are always those that we all fear of. Why? Because fixing electrical and plumbing systems is time, energy and money consuming. Still, it is something that you absolutely must do before you set your foot inside. Just imagine – you have moved in and unpacked everything, but all of a sudden, there is a leak or an electrical circuit. You will get scared, some of your belongings might get damaged, and once again, you will be forced to repack and move out until everything is ready. Thus, do yourself a favor and call a contractor, a plumber, and an electrician to check your entire home. Make sure you finish all renovations related to electricity and plumbing before you move in.
Another notorious renovation is definitely insulation of roofs, windows, doors, and in some cases, even all the walls. And, why notorious? Well, for the same reason as with electrical and plumbing renovation. It will take a lot of time to finish, and it will certainly be expensive as it is a major home renovation. Moreover, this is not something you can do by yourself. You will need to hire a specialized team to tell you if you need a new roof, or if you need some other insulation renovations. However, it must be done, as insulation helps homes save energy and protects them from extreme weather conditions. If your home is not well insulated, your roofs may leak, and your doors and windows will make summers even hotter and winters even colder. So, by no means should you skip this step, or leave it for after you move in. Do it as soon as you buy the house/apartment and you sign all the necessary papers.
The previous owners probably did not leave you with picture-perfect walls, without any scratches and stains. Even if they, by any chance, did, they probably do not have the same taste as you. Whether you like or not, sooner or later you will have to repaint them in order to make your home really yours. So, that is why repainting is the third most important home renovation on our list. Thus, before you start preparing for the relocation of any kind in Manhattan, or pretty much anywhere else in New York, or even the USA, make sure your new home has fresh walls. Repainting them while you are settling in will be a nightmare. Even more so if you have kids and pets. They will keep knocking over all the paint and leaving stains all over. Moreover, the smell of paint is nor pleasant nor healthy for anybody. So, repaint everything before you move in.
Well, this one is rather simple, you can not move into your new home and use your neighbor’s bathroom. Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in a home, so you should make any compromises. The time and money you will need to finish it depend on the condition of the bathroom. Maybe it just needs a deep cleaning and repainting. But, maybe you will have to renovate all the plumbing and change all the tiles and all the bathroom elements. But, we can all agree, that making a bathroom pleasant and comfortable is of key importance as that is usually the place where we start out days. So, always remember to inspect the condition of the bathrooms when you are searching for homes. Sometimes, renovating them can be a huge cost, and it can be something that will postpone your relocation too.
- Furniture and Appliances
And, once you finish all the tasks from above, that is, all the renovations from above, you can slowly start to unpack and bring your moving boxes. But, if you do not have furniture inside, you will have no place to put the stuff form the moving boxes, nor have the ability to sleep, eat, rest, work, etc. So, go furniture shopping as soon as possible. Start by getting all the necessary items from the bedrooms first. That includes the master bedroom and children’s rooms. You can leave guest rooms, home offices and similar for later. Then, make sure your kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary appliances, as of course, you will need to prepare your meals. Finally, the last two rooms you should equip fully are the living and dining room. Only then will you be able to live comfortably.
- Baby-proofing and Pet-proofing
Of course, this is something that must be done if you are moving with your small children or pets. You can not leave this step for after moving in. Accidents happen all the time. And when it comes to children, you must not take any risks. Safety must always come first! Thus, if you know how to baby proof each and every room, do it as soon as possible. However, if you are a first-time parent, or you simply do not have the time to do it, better call somebody who knows. The same goes for pets. Before you relocate them too, make sure your new home is ready. Put a fence all over and ensure your new home has pet doors for starters.