July 24, 2020
Buying a house is an exciting event for anyone, and once the paperwork is complete you’ll be desperate to move in. But hold up – it may be worth making some key improvements before you make the move.
Unless you’ve bought a new property, there are lots of potential improvements you can make before moving in. From small changes that will make your new home more comfortable to security improvements like installing security screens, here are some of the best property upgrades to consider.
Improvements for Comfort & Aesthetics
Homes can often be uncomfortable when you first move in. It makes sense to make your new place as comfortable as possible so you can enjoy it from the very first day.
1. New Windows
New windows can make a big improvement to any property. Has your new property already got double-glazing windows? If not, this is one of the best upgrades you can make.
Not only do double-glazing windows provide benefits when it comes to your energy bills due to their superior insulation, but they can also help prevent noise entering from outside – perfect if you live in the city. Want even more sound-proofing? You might want to consider triple-glazing windows.
And while this can involve a fairly big investment (especially if you want to change all the windows), you’ll feel the benefits immediately.
2. New Bathroom or Kitchen
The bathroom and kitchen are two of the most important rooms in the house, and there’s a good chance you’ll want to personalise them.
But installing a whole new bathroom or kitchen when you are already living in the property is a huge hassle. If you’re planning to live in your property for the foreseeable future, now could be a great time to make any big improvements.
That way, you can carry out all the major upgrades before you move in, saving yourself weeks or months of disruption.
3. New Flooring
A new floor can make a huge difference to the look and feel of any property, and getting it sorted out before you move in can save you a lot of work in the future.
There are lots of options when it comes to floors. You could invest in a new carpet, for example, or opt for tiles or vinyl. Take a look over the flooring and consider replacing it if necessary – it will make the property a lot more welcoming when you arrive.
4. New Garage Door
A secure garage is important for storing your vehicle as well as other items like tools. But the appearance of your garage can make a big impact on the overall look of the property and can help to make a great first impression.
Now could be a great time to invest in a new garage door that will make the whole property look more attractive. There is a huge variety available when it comes to garage doors, with an almost endless combination of materials, colours and patterns. You could also choose an electric garage door to make getting your car in and out even easier.
Improvements for Functionality
While the comfort of your new home is essential, so is functionality. You want to be able to get the most out of your new property as soon as you move in, so here are some of the key features to sort out before you make the move.
Efficient insulation can make an enormous difference to not only your comfort levels but also your energy use. By investing in insulation, you can dramatically cut down on your energy bills, helping you to save money right from the outset.
There are many types of insulation you might want to consider, such as wall insulation, floor insulation and loft insulation. It’s worth starting with the types of insulation that are relatively affordable and make a huge difference, like loft insulation. That way, you can make a big improvement without going over your budget.
2. New Pipes System
If the pipes in your new home haven’t seen any work in a few years, you could find yourself suffering from leaks and other problems, and these can be incredibly frustrating if you have to fix them once you are living in the property. So now is a great time to get the pipes replaced, or at least checked, to save yourself the disruption later on.
After all, installing new pipes often involves breaking the walls and floor, which can cause a huge amount of disruption. Once you have got new pipes professionally installed, they will give you decades of use, giving you peace of mind when you move in.
3. Replace Cracked Concrete on the Patio or Driveway
Concrete is a great material for patios and driveways. But it can crack over time as the weather takes its toll, affecting the aesthetics of the property as well as causing safety issues.
Fortunately, it’s a simple fix. Arrange to replace the concrete before you move in, and this might take no more than a day or two depending on the size of the area that needs to be covered. Then you won’t have to worry about it again for many years.
Security is perhaps one of your biggest concerns when you move into your new home. Moving into a new property is a potentially risky time because the existing security might not be up to scratch, and you may be unfamiliar with the surrounding area and any location-specific security risks.
Some of the simplest and most effective security upgrades include:
- Replacing the locks on the doors and windows
- Installing a new security system
- Installing security screens on the windows
- Fitting window shutters and blinds
- Fixing up a security light
Security screens are particularly useful because they are designed specifically to keep intruders out without affecting the appearance of the building.
Carry out a full security review before you move into your new home. You’ll sleep easier knowing that you and your family are safe and secure from the very first night.
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Start Making Home Improvements Now
Don’t wait until you move into your new home to start making improvements. Ideally, as soon as you have bought your property, give yourself some time to check it over and make any improvements you feel are necessary before you move in.
Whether you make smaller improvements such as installing security screens, or you want to carry out large renovation tasks like fitting a new bathroom, the best time to sort them out is before you move in.
Go over this list and have a think about any other upgrades you can make – then make sure you get the most out of your property from the first day you move into your new home.