Planning new projects and imagining how we can transform our new apartment is so exciting and we’ve already been sharing some of our plans with you but really all we want to do is get packing and finally move in. (You can read about our plans to move the kitchen here and our bedroom layout options here).
We’ll have a couple of weeks overlap between getting the keys for our new apartment and moving out of our temporary rented home so we’ll have time to carry out a few projects before we move in all of our stuff.
We’re not planning anything big to start with but the idea of working in an empty apartment where we don’t have to move a load of furniture around to be able to carry out a project is really exciting to me (yep, I probably have to get out more).
This is what we’ll be doing!
This is the single biggest thing we’ll have to do, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not overly dirty but I am a bit of a clean freak especially when it comes to places where we’ll be storing food or getting naked. In a weird kind of way, I’m actually looking forward to scrubbing everywhere clean. It’ll be a clean and fresh start all round.
#2 Buy a Fridge
We’re super lucky that our new apartment has a kitchen. I’ve already mentioned it a few times but in Germany people usually take their kitchens with them when they move (even in rented apartments) so although the kitchen is old and not to our taste at least we have one!
The only thing that’s currently missing is a fridge. Inevitably we won’t be able to live for long without one!
#3 Sand the Floors
Although sanding your floors is one of the last things you should do in your house it’ll be one of the very first DIY projects that we tackle. It’s such a messy project and we think it makes sense to get it out of the way before the apartment is full of our furniture and things.
Because we’re already planning on knocking down some walls it doesn’t make sense to sand the floors everywhere but we’d at least like to sand the bedroom that we’ll probably be using to start with. Even if the rest of the apartment will get dirty and dusty we’ll have one room to retreat to.
#4 Add Lighting
At the moment there’s not a single light in the apartment and there are just cables hanging out of the ceiling. We’re not talking fancy light fittings (although that would be nice) just basic lighting so that we’re not sat in the dark and can see what we’re doing.
#5 Change all of our addresses (again!)
We’ll have an overlap between our current apartment and our new home which will give us plenty of time to change all of our addresses – again. Paperwork is definitely one of the most annoying parts of buying a home and moving.
#6 Change The Locks
I’m not just being paranoid here. To comply with our home insurance we have to have a lock that has a minimum specification otherwise, we could invalidate our insurance in case of a claim. I admit that I do also like the idea of having a key that no one else does
#7 Update The Plumbing
We already shared our long-term plans for moving the kitchen (you can read about our initial ideas here). Moving the kitchen will obviously require us to rework the existing plumbing but to start with we’ll have to carry out some small updates as it’s fairly basic and there’s not even a connection for a washing machine.
We’re not going completely overboard here but I would like to paint the room that we’ll be using as our (temporary) master bedroom before we move in. If there’s one thing we learned during our last renovation it is that it’s really important to have a space to retreat to. Somewhere you can close the doors and at least pretend that you live in a dust-free and finished home is vital for staying sane during a home renovation project, especially when you’re living in it for the duration.
Admittedly it’s also the fun part for me and I’m already itching to dig out my paint brush!
Everyone has different priorities when it comes to their home. We already have such a long list of projects and home improvements we’d like to do that my head is spinning. I guess we have to start somewhere!
Do you have any moving tips for us? What projects and improvements would be top of your priority list?