Home Improvement Projects to Finish Before You Move In

Many home improvement projects are best done in an empty house, without children, pets, furniture, or boxes in the way. If you want or need to get into your new home quickly, though, you may have to make some tough decisions about what gets done before move day. Make your transition a smooth one by finishing these three projects first.

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Interior painting

Applying a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to personalize a space. Tackling this before move-in allows the painting to be completed as efficiently as possible and removes any fear of getting Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl on your antique four poster bed frame.

Tip: Look for low- or no-VOC paints and be sure your home has been thoroughly ventilated after painting to create the healthiest environment for your family.

Floor refinishing

Have your wood floors seen better day? Consider refinishing them before settling in to your new home. You’ll save time and some sweat equity by not moving your furniture around multiple times. Allergy sufferers will also appreciate avoiding the dust generated by sanding your floors.

Tip: If you do plan to refinish your floors, don’t save it for the last minute. Most experts recommend waiting at least 24 hours after the last coat of finish has dried to move furniture into a room.

Fence installation

If your home will have the perfect backyard for your kids and pets – just as soon as you install a fence – do yourself a favor and get that fence up now. Even the best-executed moves are hectic and it’s not that difficult for a little one or a pet to scoot outside unnoticed. You’ll breathe easier knowing the backyard is secure. Plus, it will help create a safe place for children and pets to play while you finish unpacking.

Tip: Be sure to check the exact location of your property lines before installing a new fence. Fixing an ill-placed fence post will be a hassle and could set a bad tone for the relationship with your new neighbors.

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