Home Projects You Should Complete Before Moving In

We closed on a Thursday late in the afternoon and we were set to have the movers move us the following morning, but Mother Nature had a different plan. Unfortunately, our moving day had to be postponed due to a tropical storm that was making its way over the Midwest after moving inland over Texas a couple of days before. So, the day before our move, and after several inches of rain the day of closing, there was a 100% chance of rain forecasted for our moving day. We made the decision to change the moving day to the following Monday since the weekend days were already booked. Although at first, we were really bummed about this sudden change of plans, looking back, I would recommend not moving the day after closing if at all possible. We had a decent list of things that needed to be done right away and if all of those boxes had been in our way and scattered throughout the house, I’m just not sure we would’ve gotten these items checked off our to do list. It definitely made our lives easier having these tasks completed before we moved in.

Lowe's white cabinetslaundry room cabinetsFirst, we bought cabinets at Lowe’s and installed them in our laundry room above the washer and dryer. Another thing we did was we added extra shelving to the laundry room coat closet. We wanted half of this closet to have deep sturdy shelves where I can store all of those kitchen appliances that aren’t used very often, but you don’t necessarily want hidden in the basement. As you can see, everything from the Kitchen aid mixer to the crockpot fits perfectly in this space and is just steps from the kitchen when it is needed. Our new home’s kitchen actually had less cabinet space than our previous home’s kitchen layout, so I knew we’d have a lot of extra kitchen tools and equipment that was going to be hard to figure out what to do with. Adding the shelving down one side of the closet worked great.

appliance storage shelves

When it comes to the coat closet, there’s still well over 3 feet of space for coats, etc. and that’s plenty for us. Plus, we have a rolling garment rack in the basement where our overflow of coats can be placed. We can swap out our coats and jackets as needed throughout the year.

closet shelving installed

The next project was to add additional ClosetMaid shelving to our master bedroom closet. Our new home isn’t a huge one, but one thing we really love is, for its size, the master suite accommodations are quite roomy and spacious. The bedroom is plenty roomy, the bath is a nice size, and the floor plan includes a huge walk-in closet practically the size of a small bedroom. When building our home, we asked the builder to hang the one row of closet rod/shelf high, so we could come in and add another row and also line the back wall with shelves floor to ceiling. My husband and his brother were meticulous about completing the closet and now it’s just ready to fill in with all of our stuff. It will be exciting to finally have all of our clothes in one closet and not scattered in various closets around the house.

extra ClosetMaid shelving in master closet

They also put together a storage cabinet in white that is located in the garage. So, once those garage items are unpacked, tools and other items could be put in their place. Chances are, it will be important to have the tools and other similar items readily accessible and in a place where we both can find them. The days following a move are filled with surprises and often tools are needed for all types of new home projects.

Before we could comfortably sleep in our home, we installed blinds in our bedroom and the guest room. For now, that’s all we need until we determine what we want style-wise for window treatments and furniture and accessories have been placed and decided upon in the rooms. We found these sleek easy-to-lift blinds at Lowe’s and they cut them to fit our windows. They are completely room darkening which is wonderful, but makes me worry that I’ll oversleep in the mornings.

installed mailbox

Last, our builder didn’t put a mailbox in, so we needed to get our mailbox in the ground and ready to receive mail. New home designs like ours that are in an actual development I feel should include mailboxes. I also think consistent styled mailboxes throughout a residential area look better than each and every mailbox being different from one another. One good thing it appeared as though everyone around us had black mailboxes. But, we had a difficult time finding a mailbox style in the home improvement retailers in our area. We went to Lowe’s, Sears Hardware, Menards and then finally The Home Depot. In fact, we commented to our builder that we were having a hard time finding something we liked and he said most new homeowners now have to go online to find the best selection. But, we were a bit impatient and wanted to get it in the ground as soon as we could. So, luckily we found this one at The Home Depot and we’re happy with its style. It had a nice matte black finish and a simple style free of ornate wrought iron like many black mailboxes have. I think it goes nicely with Craftsman style house plans like ours.

So, now that the additional storage has been installed, moving day and all of those boxes can be unpacked and the shelves are waiting and ready to be filled. I think we’re ready!




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