Home Improvements to Make to Your Property Before You Move In- and Make Them Soon!By: Dakota Murphey
Moving into a new home is, in equal measure, exciting and stressful. The process is long and arduous, and by the time the keys are in your hands, you’ve no doubt spent months planning and preparing.
Indeed, these plans may be taking an acceleration forward, what with Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealing the new property tax measures today and laying out the new stamp duty holiday plan. Indeed, properties up to £500,000 will have an extension from the original cut off date of March 31 to June 30th. However, from July 1st the holiday will only apply until the end of September on properties up to £250,000. This means that the maximum saving amount will be much less from July-September than it is currently and may cause an influx of market activity before the deadline occurs.
Any costly improvements you want to make will also be helped by the newly government- guaranteed 95 % mortgage loans available from April on the purchase of properties up to the value of £600,000, which will also make the market much more accessible to first time buyers and those wanting to step on the property ladder.
Once you’ve secured the property of your dreams, hopefully before this deadline, you may notice several elements of the home that still need updating and renovating. Some changes are better made before you unpack your belongings and in advance of your move-in date to save you the hassle of working on them later on. We have compiled a handy guide of those elements that are worth doing in advance to reduce your stress further down the line.
Anyone who has taken on a DIY project will know the mess that can come with repainting a room. It’s even more of a burden if you need to cover items of furniture, remove curtains and try to avoid dripping paint on the carpets in the process. Whether you choose to do the work yourself or you hire a decorator to do it for you, it’s much easier to paint and decorate a room if it’s empty. Try to allow several days to redecorate any rooms before the moving van arrives, to allow plenty of time for the work to be carried out and for it to fully dry before you bring your belongings in.
You may have purchased a home with a carpet you hate, or your property might have damaged floors that need to be replaced. Whatever the reason for the upgrade, replacing flooring is a major project that is far easier to complete if you have an empty home. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to move furniture constantly in order to complete the floor in a room, only to have to repeat the process again in the next room. It’s a great opportunity to get inspired by aesthetically-pleasing designs, such as parquet flooring, ceramic tiles, or polished concrete, as you’ll have the space and time to do the job properly.
Electrical upgrades can, of course, be done at any time, but as with decorating and flooring, wiring and electrical outlets are easier to access in an empty property. Older homes often don’t have the capacity to deal with the number of electrical appliances and devices we use today, so it can be a good idea to add extra outlets and check that the electrics are up to code.
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space with a terrace that can be improved in your new property, it may not necessarily have adequate fencing in place. This is a particular concern if you have children or pets, as they can get out easily which puts their safety at risk. This home improvement not only adds kerb appeal and protects your landscaping, but it also delivers greater security, privacy and safety for you and your loved ones. So, it makes sense to get the fencing in order before you and your family move in so that you can be sure that your home is safe and secure.
Locks and Keys
You can never be sure that the keys you’re handed on the day of completion are the only ones in existence. Many people get copies of their keys made and forget about them or give them to friends and neighbours, never to see them again. But it’s important that the locks on your home are safe and secure. It provides peace of mind to get new locks fitted so that you are the exclusive owners of the keys to your property. The sooner you can get this project completed, the better, as you want to be sure that you’re the only one who has access to your home, particularly as you start moving your belongings in.
With a bit of forward planning and organisation, you can make your moving in process easier and less stressful. It’s much less hassle to complete certain tasks before you are living in your property, and it also makes living in your home a more enjoyable and comfortable experience. It’s not always possible to completely renovate and update your home in advance and, often, decorating and making your house a home is an ongoing task. But the more you can do before you’re living in a property, the easier moving in will be.