For a lot of people, taking a decision to renovate before or after they move in can be quite confusing. A lot more would seek out professional advice when buying a new house and would prefer to buy a home that is move-in ready. But how feasible is that? It is practically almost impossible to buy a house that doesn’t need any work. Whether it’s minor must-fix work with plumbing, electrical or furniture fixes to larger cosmetic remodelling projects, it is important to note that carrying out renovation on a house is naturally one of those things that comes with newly acquiring a home.
For many, having work initiated after you’ve moved in may seem inconvenient. And for others, moving in before renovation may seem a better option due to many reasons, especially if they don’t mind the inconvenience.
Before taking the decision to renovate, you must first come to terms with what you actually want, how extensive the renovation work is, financially capability and family size. For a bigger houses you should take in a count a moving company expenses.
In this article, we’ll see how these factors may affect your decision to renovate first or not.
1. Know What You Want
Considering whether to renovate your newly bought home before or after you move in would actually depend on knowing what you actually want or what works for you. For many, they do not know what they want until they actually live in the house for a while before they come to a realisation of their specific needs. While for others, they’ve gotten a whole range of experiences living in various houses and so can tell what they want from the go. Depending on other factors, if you find yourself in this category, then I think it’s worth looking into especially if you’re not in a hurry to move in immediately.
2. Minor Fixes or Major Remodeling?
If you plan on carrying out minor renovations such as plumbing fixes, electrical or lightning installations and furniture fixes – especially those that would be practically hectic to live without, then I’d say go ahead and work on them before you move in.
However, if it’s a major remodeling project such as major work on bath and kitchen, demarcations or new installations, then it’ll be best to first move in, live it out for a while, say 6 months, before working on them.
3. Financial Capability
Buying a home is a huge project and can really dig deep into your finances. Not many who newly buy a home is buoyant to immediately carry out renovations before moving in. And especially with the stress of going through the purchase, it can be unwise to start renovations subsequently. I think it’s best to wait, move in, and then re-gather your finances. Take some time off, settle down, relax and then after a while, plan your budget for renovations later on.
After coughing up a substantial amount of money for payment, you may need time to get back on your feet financially before taking on any home improvement projects. For this reason, I’d suggest holding off on any big home renovation projects until you’ve finally settled in.
4. Family size
Having a family with kids can affect your decision whether to renovate first or not. Most renovation and major remodeling work take quite some time to complete and so it’ll be unwise to live in with toddlers while renovation work is going on. Besides, you may be exposing them to all sorts of hazardous chemical substances such as asbestos, fumes and other harmful substances. In such circumstance, I’d suggest renovating before moving in. You wouldn’t want to live in the mess and especially with young children.
But if you’re single or just with a partner, you can take the bait and hold off renovation until you move in and live in it for a while.
Taking a decision to renovate before or after you move in can depend on a lot of factors. However, If you think you can, then you can. If you think you can’t, again, you can’t. Whatever happens, it starts with what YOU want.
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