Should You Redecorate Before or After You Move?


Moving into a new home is a trying process, but decorating that new home can prove just as taxing. Because of the time and energy that accompanies both moving and decorating a new home, many people wonder should they redecorate their new home before or after they move in? Well, what works for one person may not always work for the other. However, I will give you my personal experience and hopefully you will be able to decide if you should redecorate your new home before or after you move.

My Back Story

On May 30, 2015 I will marry my best friend. I know that may sound cliché, but it is the truth. So, not only am I planning a wedding, but I am also moving into a new home, and redecorating it. Why did no one warn me that this would be an extremely stressful time in my life? My mom is typically pretty good at warning me about difficult circumstances that I will run into in the future; however, she dropped the ball on this one. Anyway, this is currently the situation I am dealing with.

The Process I Followed

Contrary to my fiancés advice, I decided I wanted to move all of our personal belongings, furniture, and decorations into the house before we redecorated the home that we purchased. I must admit, I am a tad bit overly anxious. He always tells me that I should listen to him more often. I will never admit this to him, but in this case I wish I had listened. So currently in our home, we have a brand new couch, bedroom set, dining room set, kitchen appliances, and not to mention my six bookshelves that are filled with shoes. Although we have successfully moved all of our belongings into the home, nothing has been fixed, painted, or redecorated. Therefore, you can only imagine the vast amount of chaos that has erupted in my home. Being the utterly neat and clean person my fiancé is, it is safe to say he hates me right now and is possibly reconsidering marring me in May.

What needs to be done in Our Home

Well there are currently a few changes that I would like to make before the wedding. Let’s start with the kitchen. The kitchen is a little small which is ok because it’s just me and him, but because of this we can only fit the washer in the kitchen. Well you might ask, where is the dryer? Good question. The dryer is located right outside in the storage area. While this worked perfectly for the previous owners, I do not think it will work very well for us. So, we need to rip out a few of the cabinets in the kitchen in order to make room for a stackable washer and dryer. In the living room, the previous owners have painted the walls a beautiful green color. While I do like the color, I do not want to center all of my decorations on that one color. So, we (and when I say we I mean my fiancé) need to do a little painting throughout the house.

Why my process did not work well with the renovations that needed to be done in our home

Well, our home is very cozy which means we do not have a ton of extra space. Because of this, we need to move everything out of the kitchen before we rip out any cabinets. We also had to remove all of the items in our den and dining room in order to paint. This of course was a complete nightmare.

What I would have done differently

If I could turn back the hands of time, of course I would have done things a little differently. First, I would have done any major changes like ripping out the cabinets and painting while the home was still empty. This would have saved me a ton of time and energy in the long run. Sometimes I pays to be a little less anxious and a bit more patient. After this long process I have realized that there are many benefits in remodeling your new home before you move in. However, don’t be too anxious to overlook the cons to this as well.

All in all, whatever you decide to do, think long and hard about the consequences of your decision. It is also helpful to do a little research about both the moving and redecorating process before you begin. This will give you a bit of insight into the situation so you don’t go in there blind. I hope this article helped you to make a more informed decision.

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