Before Moving to a New House, Do These 5 Home Improvements First!

More often than not, there are some things that we’d like changed when we move into a new house. It could be something small like painting a room or two or it could be something larger like tearing down a wall to make an open floor plan. Whatever it is, it may be a good idea to tackle some home improvement projects before settling into your new abode. 

“Why,” you ask? 

It’s simple! Home improvement projects are so much easier to get done when you don’t have to worry about working around furniture, the kids, and other bricabrack that would need to be moved. 

We asked real estate agents in Tulsa, OK what renovations and tips for moving in they thought would be the most helpful for new homeowners. Here’s the top five answers. 

1. Change all of the locks

We’d like to think that when we buy a house, we’re getting all of the keys and we wouldn’t have to worry about anything untoward happening… But, for your own piece of mind, take the time to go around your new house and replace the door locks, deadbolts, and even locks on the garage or storage sheds. 

2. Paint, paint, paint!

Before moving in, now’s the perfect time to finally change that hideous yellow paint in the kitchen or that odd shade of pink in the kids room. You can give your house a fresh coat of paint and you’d be surprised how different the interior will feel! Plus, painting an empty space is a whole lot easier than trying to clear out a room full of furniture and nicknacks! 

3. Add additional storage solutions if necessary

During the multiple walkthroughs, the house may look like there are plenty of storage spaces, but once you start moving in, eh… maybe not so much. If you think there isn’t going to be enough storage pace in the master bedroom’s closet, hire a custom closet company to come out and create a custom unit for you. If you need extra space in the kitchen, consider adding a pantry or an island for additional cabinet space and work space.

4. Make sure safety devices are up to date

The home’s previous owners may have said they changed the batteries in the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors regularly, we strongly recommend replacing them anyway. In doing this, you know precisely when the batteries need to be changed in the future. There’s no guesswork and you’ll feel more secure in knowing that your family will be safe. 

Also, we also recommend checking the fire extinguisher to make sure it’s up-to-date and is the appropriate size for your home. You can learn more about fire extinguishers and how to choose which one you need by looking at this helpful National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) fire extinguisher fact sheet.

5. Put up a fence 

Now, this home improvement really depends on a couple of things: you want a fence for privacy of security and if your neighborhood allows for them. Yes, we know the second one sounds a bit odd, considering this is your property and you should be able to do what you want! However, neighborhoods with HOA’s may have strict rules regarding fencing. 

But, with that said, by putting your fence up before you move in, you can let your pets or children play outside while you’re moving your stuff into the house (or supervising the movers).  

The home buying process may have felt like it took forever, but now that the house is officially yours, it’s understandable that you’d be excited to move in! You can save yourself some grief by tackling some home improvements before moving in because it’s just easier to change things without other stuff in the way. Of course, it’s entirely up to you – sometimes it’s just too difficult to contain your excitement!

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