Moving into a new home is a really exciting process – especially if it’s a home that’s like a blank canvas! A house that needs a bit of love means that you can change it any way you like. It also means, though, that you may need to move in with care, so that you don’t get in the way of your own projects. Check out our tips for moving into a home that needs remodeling.
The moment you walked into that new space your mind probably filled with great renovation ideas, right? Make a list of all the changes that you want to make, and then number that list in terms of priority. For example: if you want to change the bathroom tiles first, title that project number one on your list.
Move any major projects (knocking out your kitchen cabinets, for example) to a separate list, and then label those according to priority. Why? You’ll want to try and get as many big projects completed prior to moving as you can manage. If you can swing it, try to get a renovation crew to your new space to knock down any walls or put up anything major. This way, you can move into a home that’s semi-complete.
Make Sense of Things
As a general rule of thumb when remodeling, try and work on projects in a logical manner. A good example is paint and plaster. Touch up any holes in the wall and plaster any necessary areas before painting or moving furniture into a room (or adding anything like a built-in library). There is a logical order to renovating (no matter how large or small the renovations are), so try to keep this in mind when working on a home remodel.
Some logical steps include:
- Plaster and putty before paint.
- Paint before wall décor or ceiling fixtures.
- Built-in structures before ceiling fixtures.
- Wood polishing and finishing before moving in furniture.
- Décor before furniture purchases.
Remodeling does make sense if you think of it in logical terms. Plus, you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle when it comes to moving if you’ve thought about remodeling plans ahead of time. If you have to hire crews to work on your home when you are not there, keep the following guidelines in mind.
Hiring Unsupervised Crews
No crew is going to be completely unsupervised, since there’s always a project manager or head of a crew included in the overall price. That said, though, that person that will oversee any major project won’t be you, and will likely be part of the construction or renovation crew. So, what should you do? You have a few different options.
1. Hire someone to oversee work (someone that’s not affiliated with the renovation team).
2. Create a benchmark list that a crew must follow – and include these details in your contract.
3. Make the trip to your new home as often as possible to check in.
4. Be in constant touch with a crew manager via phone or email.
5. Have a relative or trusted friend look in on a project if you can’t be there.
6. Always hire a reputable renovation team.
One you have a renovation plan in place and some major remodeling projects under way, you can focus on getting your move all worked out. What do you need to make sure that your move goes smoothly? A plan, of course!
Your Moving Day Plan
Hopefully, you won’t be moving into a house full of sawdust and construction crews, but, in case you are, it’s a good idea to tell your moving company about the current renovations happening in your new home. This way, you can also let your movers know where to put boxes (and where not to put boxes), and how to avoid getting in the way of construction. In fact, it’s probably a good idea to schedule your move on a day when construction crews have cleared out.
Having a full service moving company on your side is also beneficial. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we make sure that your move will go smoothly from start to finish. If you’re moving to Fort Collins or to Denver, we can help. Give us a call today to set up a consultation, moving time, and to go over any other concerns that you may have. Moving into a home that requires renovations can be a lot of fun when you do it right! Let us help make your move smooth!