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Tips for moving into a fixer-upper

  • February 14, 2013

Tips for moving into a fixer upper

Not every home is fully furnished and ready for its new owners - fixer-uppers require a great deal of maintenance. Most of the residences are habitable during improvement projects, but it is difficult to move into a slightly rundown living space. Homebuyers must be careful when they are moving their belongings into their fixer-uppers to prevent any additional damage. 

You need a solid plan when your moving into your new home. Consider the following moving and packing tips so the process will run smoothly. 

Keep some rooms clear
My Move recommends keeping your boxes out of rooms that you will repair first. When you visit your house, decide what areas require the most work so you can keep them empty when you move in. Instruct your state to state movers to put all of your possessions in one location so nothing is misplaced. 

Additionally, you should label your boxes so you know where each container is supposed to go. This prevents confusion while unpacking - you'll know which boxes to unload and which should stay packed until the repairs are complete. Do not unpack belongings that will be housed in construction areas. 

Unpack tools first
Your toolbox is your most valuable asset when you're working on a massive home renovation project. You shouldn't waste time rifling through boxes to find your tools - they should be among the first items that you unpack. Ensure that your toolbox is the last container you put in the moving truck. 

Take stock of what tools you need for immediate repairs. A hammer, screwdriver and wrench are essential for most repairs. Consider whether you will need any larger tools like saws or power sanders. If you do not need the devices, you should not unpack them. Consider renting large equipment from a hardware store so you do not have to pack bulky items. 

Keep your belongings covered
Unpacking is a daunting process, and you'll want to start as soon as you arrive at your new home. Remember that you might be exposing certain items to dangerous elements if you do not keep them protected during the renovations. 

As mentioned above, keep all nonessential items out of the construction areas. Use plastic sheets to cover glass items so sawdust cannot scratch the surfaces. Additionally, you should lay down mats to protect your floors. 


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