Getting ready to move into your new home in Boston is exciting and stressful at the same time. You need to pack all your belongings, figure out how to get them to the new house (hire movers versus your cousin’s pickup truck and pizzas), and then unpack everything.
But before you carry that first moving box into your new house, you might want to consider tackling some home improvement projects. If you have the luxury of closing on your home while you still have a few days or weeks left on your lease (or, if you’re moving from a roommate situation or from your childhood home), you might have some overlap time in which you can tackle a few projects.
Sure, you just spent a ton of money on your new house in Boston, but refinishing floors and repainting walls are much easier without having to move furniture! Some home improvement projects are just easier to manage in an empty house, making them simpler, less expensive, and less stressful if you’re working around all your stuff.
Here are 4 improvements you should make before moving into your new home in Boston:
POPCORN CEILINGS AND WALLS
If you’re moving into an older home, chances are good you’ll find at least one room with popcorn ceilings or walls.
This extremely dated finish was once very popular, as it hid all manner of flaws and imperfections. Now, it’s an eye sore, and usually a great indication that a property is ready for a renovation! Popcorn ceilings are considered ugly by many homeowners, and can even contain asbestos or other harmful particles.
Removing popcorn ceilings can be incredibly messy, as every bit has to be scraped off the walls and, in some cases, they have to be sanded down. Because of this, removing popcorn ceilings and walls is probably a project to tackle before you move furniture, kids, and pets into the space.
Many homeowners see the potential in a home when they purchase it, but cosmetic items such as flooring can be overlooked. You might that you’ll replace it in a few years, mostly because many people are hesitant to go to the expense of replacing flooring so soon after purchasing a home, especially if the floor is fully functional.
But… what if it’s dated linoleum? Or a tile pattern that screams 1950’s. Or a hardwood floor that is screaming for a new coat of stain and refinishing.
Replacing flooring is much easier and less expensive when it’s done in a completely empty space. There’s no furniture to move out of the way, and you and your family aren’t inconvenienced by having an entire extra room’s worth of stuff stacked in another living space.
So if you have dreams of replacing that neon green shag carpeting “someday,” it may be best to replace it today, before you ever move into your new home in Boston.
If you have pets or kids, the backyard can be a necessary space that gets utilized, especially during warmer months and most especially during the times of COVID-19 where homeowners are staying home more and investing in their backyards.
Because fencing is a project that involves the safety of your family and, potentially, others in your neighborhood, this is a project you should make a priority to finish before you move in. It’s better to spend a little money and time now to ensure that your yard is safe and ready for everyone in your home than to tie your dog up outside and hope they don’t slip off their leash and escape into an unfamiliar new neighborhood.
Also, because you likely will have a contractor installing the fencing, it’s much less disruptive to your everyday comings and goings to get it done before you move in than to try to work around the contractor.
Did you walk into your new home in Boston and think everything about it was perfect except for the paint color? Not surprised. Color is a highly personal choice, and it’s rare that your new home will feature the exact colors that are perfect for you.
Not only is it easier and faster to paint a room before your belongings, furniture, and people living in it, many homeowners who move into their home, planning to paint “someday” never actually paint.
Wouldn’t you rather spend a little extra time and money getting everything painted the way you want it before you move in than living with walls painted a color you hate for years?
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