4 Repairs to Make Before Moving Into Your New House

Lucky is the home buyer who can move right into her new home without having to make any repairs. But this seldom happens. After the long home search and home buying process and packing and moving, making repairs on your new home is probably the last thing you want to do. But before you move in or get fully moved in is the best time to make necessary repairs. Read on to discover the 4 repairs to make before moving into your new house.

1. Painting

Most homes will need some interior painting. And painting is, of course, much easier when the rooms to be painted are empty. 

Whether you plan to do the painting yourself or hire professional painters, now is the best time. You won’t have to shuffle furniture around, take down blinds and drapes, empty closets, and cover everything with drop cloths if you take care of this job before moving into your new house.

Remember, though, that painting often takes longer than you initially think it will. So be sure to start early in order to have it done before you start moving things in.

2. Flooring

We almost listed this first because this repair also needs to be taken care of before you begin moving into your new house. It’s better, though, to paint first so that you don’t have to cover new floors with drop cloths.

If, for example, the carpet in your new house is severely worn or a color you hate (both of which are very likely), you may be tempted to wait till you can better afford new carpeting. But keep in mind that the purchase price of the carpeting isn’t the only cost.

If you wait till after you move in, you’ll also have to invest time and effort. Replacing carpet is a big job. Do you really want to move (or pay someone to move) all that heavy furniture all around the house? Replacing flooring before moving into your new house will actually be cheaper than waiting.

3. Fencing

Repairing or installing fencing is another thing that should be done before you move in. If you have pets or small children, you’ll have peace of mind because you’ll know that they are safely contained within the yard.

Also, having your outdoor space in top shape and optimized for livability will go a long way toward making your new house feel like home. If you repair/install fencing before moving into your new house, you can do your moving chores at a more leisurely pace because you won’t be facing that major outside project.

4. HVAC System and Water Leaks

And, certainly, you should take care of your HVAC system and water leaks before moving into your new house. 

You don’t want to move in and then discover that the heating or cooling is inadequate. So before moving in, have the system checked out. You should also replace the filters, which will make the system run more efficiently, prolong its life, and save you money.

Is there anything more annoying than lying in bed trying to sleep and being kept awake because you can’t ignore the infuriating sound of a dripping faucet? These minor repairs should be made before you move in so that your new house is more livable.

In addition, water leaks and the concomitant excess moisture can lead to mold and mildew problems. Besides, the health hazard, mold abatement is a long and expensive process.

How to Limit Repairs

These, of course, aren’t the only repairs you may need to make – they’re just the most common and most important ones. The best course is to buy a house that needs few repairs before you can move in. But with the current low inventory, your options may be severely limited. And that’s why it’s so critical to use a good who can help you find the house that meets your needs and is within your price range. So if you want to make few repairs before moving into your new house, contact us today at 866-593-7012.

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