Congratulations!

You just bought the home of your dreams—and it’s a fixer-upper. Rather than taking care of repairs after you’ve already settled into your living space, tackling them beforehand may be in your best interest. Below, we list seven home improvements to complete before you move in.

1. Childproof Your Living Space

Moving can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you have to worry about transporting your children and pets from your current house to the new one. You won’t want to put your kids at risk right when you move in, so we suggest babyproofing your new home first by installing as many cabinet locks and stair gates as necessary. This is just one less task you’ll have to do later. Don’t forget to check these fixtures before you begin bringing your belongings into your new house.

2. Increase Your Security

Of course, everybody wants to feel safe on their new properties. By installing alarm systems in and around your new home ahead of time, you can relax knowing your home has protection against break-ins and other unfortunate situations. You’ll also need to change the locks before you move into your new residence. In fact, you should probably have someone change them as soon as possible—you just never know if the previous owners chose to keep copies of their keys.

3. Install New Flooring or Refinish the Current Floors

Before moving your furniture into your new space, you want to be happy with the flooring that’s already there. Let’s say you prefer hardwood floors instead of carpet—by completing this work prior to your move, you can avoid unnecessary furniture rearrangement. It’s also natural to want to refinish your new home’s floors if you notice some wear and tear. Make sure you sand and apply fresh coats of stain and sealer on the floors well before you decide to move.

4. Paint the Interior Walls

Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable ways you can customize your new home to your taste. Plus, this job is much easier to accomplish when furniture isn’t in the way. Once you paint, you’ll notice a huge difference in your home’s appearance.

5. Perform a Major Renovation

In some cases, it’s better to prioritize large remodeling projects before you move into your new home. Living in a space during major renovations can be inconvenient, especially if the rooms you often occupy are the ones under construction. Bathroom and kitchen remodels are popular projects, and finishing your basement also has a variety of benefits. Including these projects in your pre-move plans simply makes sense.

6. Remove Hazardous or Unsightly Components

If you see anything that looks unpleasant, don’t be afraid to remove it now. For instance, some homes still sport “popcorn” ceilings. These aren’t just eyesores—they can also contain asbestos, a dangerous mineral that can increase your risk of developing cancers and other diseases. Don’t attempt to remove it yourself—contact a team of professionals that can promptly do the work for you.

7. Replace Old Appliances

To many people, outdated appliances can make or break their homes. Homeowners want machines that function properly and boast all the features they need. If you think your new house needs new appliances, consider purchasing them sooner rather than later.

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Zack Applehans