Moving in to a new home offers a lot of challenges. You’ll need to sell your old home, packing everything up and make the move. You’ll have to survey the new place, understanding every challenge that each brick and floorboard might present to you as an owner. Moving can be a hugely stressful experience as a whole. Although it is a positive milestone in your life, it can pass you by as you get caught up in all of the administration and organisation.
Moving into a new home will also present you with a number of opportunities to change your lifestyle and dictate how it is that you will live in your new place. You might choose to redecorate or knock down walls to give your shared spaces an open and sociable feel. You might want to add an extension to accommodate for more members of your family. Moving in to a new place can be the perfect time to indulge in these tasks which would otherwise interrupt your use of the space and be a massive inconvenience.
Well, there’s also another option. After going through all of difficulty of finding a place, reading up on home mortgage loans and closing on the deal you might want to consider making your new home green. There are several significant but no fuss additions that you can make to your house as you move in. Most of them will pay for themselves in the long run, and they will also mean that you’re doing your bit for the environment.
Here are a few of our best ideas.
This one makes good sense whether you’re interested in the environment or not. Have a surveyor investigate how energy efficient your new home is, and identify some areas that it could be improved. Invest in the appropriate materials and have it installed before you’re moving in. The job shouldn’t take long, but the fibreglass insulation materials can be unpleasant to be around. Get it out of the way before you move in, and you’ll be glad you did when the first set of energy bills come through the door.
Have a look into the viability of solar panels for your new property. Your surveyor should have examined the roof anyway, so it should be easy for him to tell you whether it would be an appropriate addition. He should also have some information on the heating and power systems of your house, and will be able to tell you how easily solar panels will be to integrate.
This is something that you may already be considering as you move into your new place. The previous owner may have had questionable taste or the carpet may be past its best. In either case, as you look to upgrade and invest you should think about the insulation potential of flooring. Carpet is significantly more energy efficient than hard floorings. The bonus here is that it will also contribute to the redesign of your new place.