When you decide to buy a new home, it’s a huge step and it can all get complicated quickly. In general we tend to want to get it all over with as fast as possible, but moving into a new property that isn’t at all personalised or familiar isn’t usually an appealing prospect. There may be aspects of the property that immediately strike you as things you’d rather change as quickly as possible, so it’s understandable that some people want to launch into DIY and getting builders in before they even think about moving all their possessions in and settling down.
However, you should probably rethink before taking this approach. There are various reasons you might regret flying straight into a renovation project without considering what actually needs doing further down the line and anything you may not have noticed initially. Here are the top reasons to wait rather than launching straight in.
1) You will probably have a change of heart. It happens to all of us, when we think we have committed to a decision but we end up thinking differently for whatever reason. It’s great to have ideas straight away, but until you’ve lived in a property you really can’t anticipate everything you will want to change, or keep the same.
Just because a certain aspect of your new home strikes you as different, it doesn’t mean you won’t adapt or even prefer this to what you had before. It will be a lot more costly to undergo renovations again to do more work or even undo what you initially decided to do.
2) Moving and renovating are too stressful to do at the same time. You don’t want the hassle of ongoing DIY work on top of the hassle you already have when it comes to moving home. Unexpected stress is never welcome, so wait until you are more settled.
3) You need to plan properly. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, as the classic saying goes. You don’t need to rush, but you do need to make sure you have adequate plans in place before going ahead with major work in any situation, otherwise you are likely to face challenges you didn’t anticipate and probably struggle to deal with them.
4) Delaying means you can save. If you launch into renovation work now, you’ll have to rely on whatever money you have saved up. For many people who’ve just purchased a new home, it’s not an ideal time to start breaking into savings for other projects. If you wait and save up, you’ll have a more comfortable budget to work with and you’ll be able to get what you really want instead of just something basic that gets the job done faster.