5 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating – Clarksville Home Renovations
Living in a world where consumerism has an upper hand will certainly tempt you to embark on a new spending mission when you have barely ended the last one. You have just moved into your new home, do you really need to renovate it right away? Take your time and think twice about it. There are certainly more pressing things you should focus on after your move, and renovation shouldn’t be among them. I’ll explain why you should first live in a new home before renovating it.
Why you should live in a new home before renovating, at least for a while?
It should be fairly easy to discern why you should give yourself and your family some time to reassess the necessity of renovation:
- You’ve had enough stress already
- Settle in, decisions can wait
- Moving has strained your budget
- Test your new home first
- Re-evaluate your renovation choices
You wouldn’t wait, of course, if the renovation was supposed to make your home habitable. If there are any safety problems or issues with plumbing or electrics, you will need to fix them as quickly as possible. However, other items can wait a little longer. Besides, the cooling-off period will allow you to strategically organize your renovation. If you are buying a house for the first time, the experience you will get during this period will prove to be valuable in the long term.
- Wasn’t moving stressful enough?
Everybody who has ever moved would agree that moving is an overwhelming experience. The trial of relocation is stressful especially if your move is a long-distance one. So, why would you want to stack even more stress? Sure, your adrenalin is high and there’s the euphoria of owning a new house. Resist their pull and very soon you’ll realize that most changes you were so passionate about – are completely unnecessary. Before you get in touch with contractors, take a break to get ready for the next big project.
There is no need to raise your stress levels right after you move in by starting a renovation unless there are safety issues.
- Allow yourself to settle in
Once you are done with your relocation, you should simply let yourself live in the new home before renovating. Take a deep breath and enjoy your home for a little while. Moving is a turning point in many people’s lives. What you’d need at this time is a little bit of stability. Adapt to this big change, to your new home and surroundings, and experience life as a homeowner. Only when you feel the steady ground beneath your feet, you will be ready to jump into the current of a renovation.
Those who have remodeled often regret initiating an immediate home makeover after moving in and will advise you to wait for at least a year. This cooling-off period, as mentioned earlier, allows you not only to grow roots but to carefully contemplate the next step in your home makeover.
- Stabilize your budget
You have likely spent a lot on your move with all the different options movers can provide you with. If you rush into the redecoration you think you need, you may end up spending thousands of dollars on excessive upgrades. If you restrain yourself from an immediate house makeover, you will significantly save over time. Arrange for small fixes around the house first; paint one room at a time; look for good deals online, local yard sales, or giveaways; fill your house with furniture slowly. Don’t give in to the pressure of having your dream home as soon as you move in. This unhealthy tendency to have everything perfect so urgently will have a detrimental effect on both your budget and your nerves. Besides, your peace of mind is priceless.
Try out your new home features and devise a plan for remodeling over time. Postponing renovation will allow you to set up a reasonable budget and recover from relocation.
- Get to know your new home and yourself
Even though you think you will keep most of your old habits, you are bound to change after moving to your new home. Relocation gives you an opportunity for a fresh start and it is likely that you will feel creative enough upon moving in. Put those ideas on paper but wait before you act. You may find out over time that some of your original plans don’t suit your family as you initially thought. As mentioned before, living in your new home for about a year will give you insight into what really needs to change or adapt. To feel truly comfortable, you’d need to test your home and see which desirable home feature fulfills your needs. For example, you will find out if your indoor lighting suffices as natural light varies with seasons. Maybe your family won’t spend much time in the living room but the cozy kitchen instead. Circumstances may demand that your study becomes a kid’s room or vice versa. Repurposing a room later may cause that electrical and other sockets intended for certain devices become useless.
- Careful planning is key
As it is with every important project, a house makeover requires thorough consideration. If you take sufficient time to live in a new home before renovating, you will be able to explain your needs to contractors more precisely and get a more accurate cost estimate. It is also likely that your priorities will change in the meantime, resulting in changes you haven’t originally considered. Careful planning over time will also help you set a realistic remodeling budget. Moreover, it’ll help you financially recover from recent relocation.
Living in your new home for a while will make clear which home features need to be altered. To avoid putting pressure on your budget, split your house makeover into phases
Focus on what’s important
It is quite natural to strive for a perfect home. However, this mission carries the risk that you’ll either overestimate your budget or ability to cope with stress. Take your time to relax after the move. Get to know your home and rediscover your needs. Recover your finances and plan your remodeling budget. Savor every change you make to your new nest as you shape it to your dreams.
Give yourself a little time to enjoy your new home before starting your Clarksville Home Renovation. Make sure those projects are going to give you a good return in enjoyment and in resale value. Get to know the area and enjoy your new home. – Ron Dayley Realtor – Coldwell Banker CM&H.
Keep these 5 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating in mind before starting your Home Renovation projects and you should be golden.