Moving house is exciting. It heralds the beginning of a new era in your life. The fun of exploring a new neighborhood and the opportunity to start afresh can be very compelling. After visiting so many properties, you fell in love with one that had character and offered potential.
Unfortunately, when you arrive with the keys on moving day, the empty property no longer has the warmth and vibrancy you remember. It’s not nearly as welcoming or loved, and it’s probably not quite as clean as you had hoped!
One of the first things you will notice about an empty house is the smell. This can often be quite stale, and will certainly reveal if pets have lived here recently. This odor sits in the fabric of the carpet, wallpaper, and any drapes the previous owners left behind. The bathrooms may also need an airing. Damp and dirt are far more obvious when there are no towels or other objects in the room. As for the kitchen? Now you’ve opened the oven door and seen the floor where the refrigerator used to stand, you might be wondering what on earth you’ve just invested in!
Fortunately, many of us are lucky enough to enter clean properties when we move. But we might still feel uncomfortable about the hygiene of the place. Bathrooms, in particular, are often replaced when people buy a new property. It’s not nice to think of strangers using these parts of our home. You might choose to shop for bathrooms online to save you some time during this busy period. Contractors can often pop in, measure and then fit the bathroom before you move in.
Carpets are another hygiene issue for many of us. The thought of other people’s pets and bare feet on a carpet your children will sit and play on can be quite off putting. Living rooms, in particular, are often carpeted.
You might choose to remove the old carpet and replace it before you move in. This saves you the hassle of moving your furniture about. Again, carpets can often be ordered online. Like bathrooms, there may be a two or three-week turnaround to get the installation complete.
Many of us value our time at home. We want cooking and cleaning to be minimal so that more quality time can be spent with the family. An efficient and effective kitchen is central to this. If the existing layout doesn’t work for you, chances are you’ll want to change it.
Dirt and damp can easily spoil the appearance of a good kitchen and leave you worrying about hygiene. Of course, kitchens are very expensive to replace. You may only have the budget to change one or two things right now.
It’s common to buy a house that looks great while someone is living there. Moving out can cause marks and damage that weren’t there when you agreed the sale. If this is spoiling moving day for you, speak to the property agent to see if you can be compensated in any way. Of course, you might love the idea of putting your own stamp on your new property!