Getting ready to move into your new house in Los Angeles is exciting and stressful at the same time. You need to pack all your belongings, figure out how to get them to the new house, and put them in the places they best fit. But before you take that first moving box into your new house, you may want to consider tackling some home improvement projects. Sure, you just spent a ton of money on your new house in Los Angeles, so why should you delay the process and add more cost?
Some home improvement projects just are easier to manage in an empty house, making them easier, less expensive, and less stressful if you’re working around all your stuff. Here are 4 improvements you should make before moving into your new house in Los Angeles:
POPCORN CEILINGS AND WALLS
If you’re moving into an older home, chances are good you’ll find at least one room with popcorn ceilings or walls.
This dated finish was once very popular, as it hid all manner of flaws and imperfections. Now, it’s considered ugly by many homeowners and can even contain asbestos or other harmful particles.
Removing this finish is incredibly messy, as every bit has to be scraped off the walls and, in some cases, they have to be sanded down. Because of this, removing popcorn ceilings and walls is probably a project to tackle before you move furniture, kids, and pets into the space.
Many homeowners see the potential in a home when they purchase it, but cosmetic items such as flooring can be overlooked. “We’ll replace it in a couple years,” they think, mostly because many people are hesitant to go to the expense of replacing flooring so soon after purchasing a home.
However, replacing flooring is much easier and less expensive when it’s done in a completely empty space. There’s no furniture to move out of the way, and you and your family aren’t put out by having an entire extra room’s worth of stuff stacked in another living space.
If you’ve got dreams of replacing that shag carpeting “someday,” it may be best to replace it today, before you ever move into your new house in Los Angeles.
For those homeowners with pets or kids, the backyard can be a necessary space that gets utilized. However, not all homes come with readily kid- and pet-friendly backyards.
Because fencing is a project that involves the safety of your family and, potentially, others in your neighborhood, this is a project you should make a priority to finish before you move in. It’s better to spend a little money and time now to ensure that your yard is safe and ready for everyone in your home than to tie your dog up outside and hope they don’t slip their leash.
Also, because you likely will have a contractor installing the fencing, it’s much less disruptive to your comings and goings to get it done before you move in than to try to work around the contractor.
Did you walk into your new house in Los Angeles and think everything about it was perfect except for the paint color? Then you need to plan to get your home’s interior painted prior to you moving in.
Not only is it easier and faster to paint a room before there are things and people living in it, many homeowners who move into their house planning to paint “someday” never actually paint.
Wouldn’t you rather spend a little extra time and money getting everything painted the way you want it before you move in than living with walls painted a color you hate for years?