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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do Before Moving Into Your New Home

There’s a lot of excitement that comes along with moving into a new home. From planning your future furniture layout to choosing the decor, it’s a wonderful opportunity for new beginnings. It’s a time to make the new space your own and adjust to a new everyday life. You might even be eager to start prepping the new home before your move-in day arrives.

With that being said, there are certain tasks you should wait to complete until you are actually settled into the new home. We know it can be tempting to dive right into new projects and ideas, but you don’t want to overwhelm yourself by getting in over your head too early. That’s why it’s best to plan accordingly for the smoothest transition possible. Here are some to-do’s you should put on hold until you’re finished moving into your new home.


A paint brush is seen in front of a sheet of paint color samples.

Aside from the benefit of not having to work around wet paint, there are a couple of reasons you should wait to paint your walls. The truth is, you won’t know how the paint changes the space until it is fully dry. That’s why you’ll want to avoid choosing your shades beforehand. You’ll want to be there so you can thoroughly test your colors of choice in the lighting in the new home. You’ll also want to see how it looks against your own furniture, which might appear differently in the new space as well.

Large Renovations

You might want to take care of any major renovations before moving into your new home, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Before your commit to knocking down that wall, you should see how the space works with your lifestyle. It’s easy to judge a home based on first appearances, but efficiency will matter as well. Not to mention the cost of too many renovations at once. It’s best to live in the home for a bit before jumping to too many cosmetic changes, too. Give yourself time to see everything up close on a daily basis.

Updates to the Exterior

Similar to avoiding a lot of early renovations, you don’t want to jump into too much with the exterior of your home. You might have plenty of ideas for new landscaping, but you don’t want to create a big outdoor project amidst your move. It’s best to complete your moving process and then judge what you can reasonably maintain at the new home.

Plan to Host Guests

A multiethnic group celebrating with drinks.

A lot of times we want to fast forward to the celebrations that will come post-move. This can especially be true around the holiday seasons. However, don’t make plans that will require you to be entirely unpacked and settled in by a certain date. This is a good guideline in order to manage the stress that can accompany moving. You will have more time and energy to decide when to host your housewarming get-together once you’ve fully adjusted.

Excessive New Purchases

Who doesn’t enjoy shopping for their new home? You might want to fill a new space with beautiful new furniture and items. There will be some things that you find you will need as soon as you make it to the new house. However, we recommend waiting to make too many large purchases until you’re done unpacking what you already have. This will help you avoid clutter or realize you have an existing piece of decor that works for your new idea. You will have a much better idea of how much room you have once you’re living in the home.

There’s nothing better than looking forward to all the new adventures that come with moving into your new home. That’s why it’s best to plan a timeline that keeps the experience a positive one. Need help with your move? We have you covered! Megan’s Moving is a white glove moving company that will help from packing all the way to settling into the new home. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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