Getting a fixer-upper is both exciting and scary. You’re ready for the challenge, but are you ready to actually move into the home? This article will walk you through three things you should do to make your fixer-upper livable for your family.

Remove Safety Hazards

One of the first steps you can take to ensure your fixer-upper is livable for your family is to remove any safety hazards—including those that are less obvious. Because fixer-uppers tend to be older or at least somewhat more rundown, you should look for any noticeable damage that could be a problem for you or especially for young kids.

Pay special attention to unfinished parts of the home—if the basement is unfinished, for example, are there any random nails sticking out that could incur injuries? Are there exposed electrical wires? Addressing these types of issues first is the key to getting a head start on your fixer-upper.

Deep Clean

You probably didn’t purchase your fixer-upper because it was the cleanest or best staged when you walked through the home. Despite the obvious potential behind the layers of grime and even damage, deep cleaning the home will help you feel comfortable making the next step to actually live in the home.

When it comes to deep cleaning, you should remove debris, clean floors, clean walls, and vacuum when applicable. However, even after performing routine cleaning, it can sometimes be difficult to get rid of certain smells in the home. For example, cigarette smell can be one of the most difficult odors to remove.

There are a couple of things you can do. First, ventilate the house by opening windows and using fans. Then, keep open containers of charcoal or white vinegar in each room to absorb the smell. This will help to get rid of any lingering odors.

Address Any Structural Issues

Before you actually move into your fixer-upper, and even if you are planning to work on different renovations over time, you should be careful to address any structural issues before you move your family and your stuff into the house.

Even though you probably performed an extensive home inspection before you closed on the home, now is a good time to bring in experts in specific areas to address any issues that might make living in the home either unduly uncomfortable or unsafe.

Fixer-uppers can be stressful. But moving into yours doesn’t have to be! Start with these suggestions to get your family moved into your home so that you can then focus on individual aesthetic renovations.

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