Finding a good home is difficult, and finding the perfect dream home can be nearly impossible. Instead, the key to finding your new forever home is to assess the property carefully and complete a few renovations and improvements beforehand. Here are some home improvements to complete before you move in.
Your roof is the most important part of your home’s most basic function—providing shelter from the environment and weather. You want to ensure there are no cracked or missing shingles, moss growth, or any other form of damage present because it will make your roof vulnerable to water damage. If your new home has an especially old roof, you’ll want to get it replaced entirely just to be safest. Replacing the roof will also save you time and money down the road—just make sure not to “re-roof” your home, as that only adds a second layer of shingles over the old layer.
Speaking of water damage, you want to address any visible stains and damage quickly. Water damage quickly leads to rot and decay, compromising the structural integrity of your home and encouraging the growth of fauna like mold. The earlier you can spot and act upon leaks in your home, the easier it’ll be to correct the issue without needing extensive repairs. You’ll also want to ensure your gutters aren’t damaged or clogged up, as they’re instrumental in ensuring water is safely directed away from your home.
Child-Proofing Your Home
Naturally, you know your little ones are naturally curious, and there are areas in your new home that may not be suitable for them to wander into. The best time to install precautions and safety measures to ensure your kids don’t injure themselves or damage your home is before you move in.
Utilities and Appliances
The last home improvement to complete before you move in includes any updates you want to make to the home’s utilities and appliances. These are essentials to your everyday life, so you don’t want to be stranded without them while the upgrades are in progress. Thus, the best time to do it is while you’re still living in your old home, where you have access to basic necessities.