Get peace of mind with this checklist for moving into a new house

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Although a new home signifies a new beginning, moving can be stressful. Dive into your new adventure with peace of mind thanks to this checklist, created to walk you through all the things to do before moving into a new house.
Key takeaways
  • Having a checklist for moving into a new house will bring you peace of mind and make the process much easier. See the full checklist in the article.
  • Once you’ve gone through your checklist, consider what could add value to your new home including a roof terrace and roof windows.
  • Let your imagination run wild as you consider your dream home. Make sure you have as much natural light as possible in your space, which will add value and ensure good indoor air quality.

Things to do before moving into a new house

Moving into a new house is the time to make a fresh start. It's also a good time to cast your eye over the finer details of your property to check that everything is in working order. Here's a step-by-step checklist of things to consider before moving in that'll ease your mind:

Do a home walk-through

Start by thoroughly reviewing your new home before moving in your belongings. Doing a home walk-through while the house is still empty will make it easier for you to identify any issues. At this point, it's a good idea to check that agreed-upon repairs have been undertaken by the previous owners.

Ensure the roof is properly maintained

An unmaintained roof is a breeding ground for problems. It is essential to check your roof before moving in. Don't just look for visual signs of damage like loose or broken tiles; also examine the inside of your house and identify areas where moisture and mould may be present. If you find any of the latter, it's a good idea to consider a roof repair, replacement, or even renovation.

Make sure the floors, walls, and pipes are in good condition

Take the time to discover the state of walls, pipes and floors; have the agreed repairs been completed? Does everything work correctly? Are there cracks, dents, loose fittings, or anything else that doesn't look right? If you discover any issues, take the necessary steps to get it back to full functionality.

Look up! How much daylight is coming through?

Don't forget to look up when you are in your new home! Are there roof windows or lanterns on the property? What is their condition? And do they fit in with your desired aesthetic? Take the time to find out their condition, then plan your next step accordingly. Maybe there's not enough daylight in the rooms, or the roof windows aren't providing sufficient ventilation. Think about what your ideal home looks like, and then see if old roof windows and lanterns currently installed fit into your ideal look. If not, it's time to plan an upgrade.

Realise your dream home

Once you've gone through the home and checklist, it's time to get creative and embrace your inner designer. Start by closing your eyes and imagining what you want your house to look like. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Transform your rooms with roof windows

Daylight can positively affect your mood, so why not increase the daylight in your home? Transform the spaces in your new home with roof windows and create a better environment for you and your family to enjoy. Incorporate the sun's rays into your design process to make the most of the daylight.

Add value with a roof terrace

Adding a roof terrace to your home offers extra space and daylight for you and your family to enjoy, especially in the summer months. And as a bonus, a roof terrace can add considerable value to a property.

Let the home breathe with ventilation

When moving into a new house, consider how to ensure good indoor air quality. Roof windows ventilate your home, bringing the gentleness of nature from the outside to the inside. With roof windows, you can ensure a healthy indoor environment and bring in more daylight for you and your family to enjoy.


VELUX Editorial team


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