7 Practical Tips Before Moving into a New Home

Moving into a new house could be an exciting prospect, a chance to redecorate and bring positive changes to your everyday life. However, it is best to remember what we have faced in the past year, and because of the pandemic many have suffered financial difficulties, saving money is always a good idea. Here are some useful moving tips that would help you make your new home aesthetically pleasing without burning a hole in your pocket.

Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Diego Counties with reliable home remodeling contractors, we speak to homeowners every day about planning their desired home remodel and how to budget accordingly – here are some ideas & tips to get you started.

1. Create a budget

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It is understandable that when you are moving into a new space, you would want it to be entirely yours, and redecorating is the way to do it. However, remember that you are already going to spend a lot of money on the cost of transporting your furniture to your new home, packaging materials, and the days you may miss work because of this new undertaking. So, create a practical budget and try to stick to it.

2. Find a style

Once your budget has been set, determine what kind of style best reflects your personality. There are various places on the internet, such as Instagram, Pinterest, interior design blogs, and YouTube, where you can find inspiration. However, keep your pocket size in mind and just select what is essential and wouldn’t require drastic changes.

Here are a few popular styles that you could try out:

Minimalistic/Modern – If you are a fan of lighter, cooler tones, more space and less amount of furniture, and crafty decor, check out how a minimalistic design would be best suited for you.

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Bold/Industrial – If you like bold furniture, clunky decor, and exposed brick walls then you best find your inspiration in industrial designs.

Coastal/Nautical – If your new living space has a lot of natural light, consider a coastal beach house vibe, with light blue shades and cozy furniture.

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Bohemian/Gypsy – Defined by vibrant colors, a combination of bold furniture, and crafty decor, the bohemian look is perfect for those with a creative streak.

3. Declutter your home

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When a family grows so does the amount of clutter, most of us don’t even notice the unwanted and old things that are lying around unless we start to sort through them. You can even sell the things that are reusable and in decent condition, such as clothes, books, utensils and cutlery, furniture, etc.

Decluttering is also a good way to clear the negativity from your life. When you get rid of old things that have piled up in your house they stop blocking positivity from freely flowing throughout your home.

There are certain items that may require professional expertise when it comes to disposal. For example, instead of throwing your mattress in the trash, find a mattress disposal service so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill; the same goes for electronic devices and gadgets that are outdated, damaged, or not working anymore. Before throwing them away, think about how to recycle your mattress or gadgets, especially if they are still under warranty. If you want to take these up for recycling yourself, you can easily rent a car or truck for the occasion and transport them before the moving day – that way you’ll declutter ahead of time as well.

4. Recycle and upcycle

According to the EPA, 80 percent of furniture and furnishings, such as beds, sofas, mattresses, and dressers end up in landfills. Each and every one of us has a responsibility towards our environment and must work towards protecting it. This is why instead of buying, use your existing furniture, consider upcycling them with a little modification or restoration. A dresser that can become new with a coat of paint, or old table chairs in the attic that can be repaired and used in your new home. This serves both the environment and your pocket.

5. Create a home office and study space

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With the rise in remote working and online education, our homes are not so private anymore. Think about making changes that would help you conduct business meetings or online classes by creating a dedicated space. Try to use areas that are isolated and get a lot of natural light. It makes the space seem bigger and transmits positive vibes. You can also include some indoor plants to make it seem more lively.

6. Consider popular options for renovations

You just bought a house and are anxious to settle in; however, there are a few renovations that you should consider completing before you move in. Completing a renovation while you are living in the house is complicated and messy.

To avoid the frustration of living in a work zone, make a list of every renovation that you want to complete in your new house. Prioritize your list based on your budget and the estimated amount of time each renovation will take. You may want to redo your flooring, paint, do a kitchen remodel, a bathroom remodel, etc. Figure out what you can afford and how long you can live away from your new house. Hire a general contractor to oversee the progress of the renovations that you choose to complete. Having a professional on-site helps ensure that your project runs smoothly.

Once your renovations are completed, you will move into your dream home and the time spent renovating will feel all worth it. 

7. Buy what is absolutely necessary

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It is understandable that you may need to buy a few things to replace anything which you have had to discard

  • a plush or firm mattress for your new bed
  • a side table that matches the height of our bed
  • new bunk beds to match the mattress dimensions for your kids
  • a bookshelf or a work table

While these purchases make sense, keep in mind the budget you have set for redecoration. Altering your home under financial constraints may feel like a step back, however, consider the benefits attached to it, such as having more space and less need for cleaning and organizing.

Related: Estimate the cost of your remodel with our bathroom remodel cost calculator

When it comes to home remodeling for your move, you shouldn’t have to go it alone – GreatBuildz can help simplify your renovation experience.


GreatBuildz is a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura or San Diego with reliable, thoroughly screened general contractors and provides project support from start to finish. Call now (818.317.3567) to chat with a real person about your next remodel project or visit our website for more information: www.greatbuildz.com

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