There are few situations as exciting as moving into a new home, but many buyers do not realize that it might be more practical to renovate the house while it is still empty. If you have recently begun the process of purchasing your next home, then take a look at these renovations that will make your property more comfortable, valuable, and efficient.
Updating the security features of a home is extremely important and one project that many buyers overlook. No matter how nice the previous owners or realtor might seem,there are nearly 2 million residential burglaries per year. This is why families should always update their locks and consider a new home security system. As an added bonus, an upgraded security system could lower your home insurance premiums.
Update the Mechanical Equipment
Any mechanical systems that are damaged, old, or inefficient should be upgraded before moving into the home. Moving is stressful enough, and new residents don’t want to deal with their electricity turning off or a failing water heating. One of the easiest ways to find out which systems need to be updated is to hire a professional home inspector to have a look at each of these systems.
The HVAC System
Even high-efficiency HVAC systems can account for nearly 50 percent of the electricity being used by a home. Moving into a new home only to find an ineffective HVAC system is another issue that no family should ever have to deal with. You should speak with the previous owner or realtor to find out the age of the current HVAC system. Furnaces typically last for 15 to 20 years while air conditioning systems last for 12 to 15 years depending on how well they are maintained.
Indoor and Outdoor Painting
Painting the house while it is empty is much easier than painting a home after it is full of furniture and other belongings. This renovation often takes just a few hours in an empty house, and carrying it out beforehand will give the paint time to dry. The one drawback of painting the home before moving is the fact that the colors will change in different lighting. Homeowners with a key to their new home should stop by and check on the natural lighting for each room at different times of the day.
In addition to these few renovations, homeowners that are getting ready to receive the keys to their new home might want to consider updating window treatments, having insulation blown into the attic, and carrying out kitchen upgrades before moving.