Post # 1
We are hopefully closing on our first house in about two weeks (I keep trying to contain my excitement just in case something goes awry, cautious enthusiasm!). The seller wanted to close during a super busy week for both of us-so we will get a little overlap between our rental and our home, just a couple of weeks. We are moving locally, about 20 minutes away.
Any tips for moving/house project ideas for this gap period? We will both be working full time, but figure we could at least do some deep cleaning/maybe paint/move some things over, slowly…
Post # 2
What you’re doing with the overlap is a great idea. Move stuff gradually overtime. If you are painting paint everything first. That’s what we did. We moved the big stuff in after painting and then moved all the small stuff in on one day. In hindsight I wouldn’t have done everything last minute.
Post # 3
I would definitely do a deep cleaning of carpets, scrub baseboards, and paint if you don’t like the current colors. Those projects are so much easier to take on when the house is empty and you’ll be less likely to get around to them once you’ve moved in. You could knock those projects out over two weekends.
Post # 4
Congrats on your new house!
First things I would start packing up stuff you don’t need now. Get boxes and just pack it all away, label every box with the room it will go in. Use this time to go through all your closets and things and just start purging. It’s such a good feeling!
Darling Husband and I just bought a new lot to build on, and accepted a contract on our home. We’re waiting for the buyers to sell their home but in the meantime we have already purged EVERY closet and cabinet in our home. We went ahead and packed up things we don’t need. We got ride of so much stuff we’d been holding onto that we realistically just didn’t need. For us we’ll have to put stuff into storage when we move into a rental while building – and there’s no sense in packing it up only to purge it later.
Once you offically close on the house I’d go ahead and do any painting needed before you move your stuff in. Once it’s done spring for a cleaning crew (and carpet cleaners if needed) to come in and just do an all over clean. Once that’s all done just start moving! If you can enlist some help of friends and family rent a big moving truck and try to take all your big furniture over in one load. Get trashbags to cover your clothes, and just take them over on hangers – no sense in folding them only to hang them all back up again.
We’ve moved a few times, and it’s never fun! We already decided that we will likely be starting fresh with a lot of household items (like linens, etc). My plan is to have all of it ordered and washed, so when our house is finished we can move in and just start setting up rooms.
As someone who lived in a construction zone while our current house was being renovated I swore I would NEVER do it again. It’s a nightmare. For that reason I’m a huge advocate for just doing any major projects before you move in….painting, new flooring, demo, etc.
Post # 5
Get the bug company out! Or whatever you plan to use for pest control. For the obvious reasons.