While The House Is Built

If you are getting a house built you can feel lost with not much to do between the contracts being signed and being ready to move. Here are some things you can be doing during the wait.

Inspect Progress

I have always made at least weekly visits to inspect progress during construction. Its surprising how it gives you a better idea of what’s behind the walls. You might even discover some mistakes at an early stage and avoid time wasting corrections being needed later.

Growing Plants

With a new garden you will probably need lots of new plants. One we way we saved money was by buying lots of plants in 50mm pots, some compost and 100mm pots. We then replanted all the new plants in the larger pots and refilled the smaller pots with either seeds or cuttings from our garden. To make it easier to water them I set up a very basic spray system. By the time we were ready to move we had over a hundred reasonably sized plants ready to go.

Making Garden Features and Furniture

I quite like making mosaics so for our current house I made a number of mosaics on concrete paving slabs, which were then set in paths around the house making an interesting feature. I also used mosaics to make a small garden table. Another project could be to build wooden benches and garden tables.

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Start a Worm Farm

With most new houses by the time the builder has finished there isn’t much good soil left. Although you can buy compost and top soil there aren’t many worms and other organisms in it. Starting a worm farm can help. To make mine grow faster I used to collect the coffee grounds and tea bags from the kitchen at work to add to the stuff from home. You can also used paper from the shredder or ask you favourite café to save you their coffee grounds.

Build a Dog Kennel

If you have got a pet that spends part of its life outside you need to be sure its got somewhere to keep out of the weather. You are getting a new house so why not make sure your pet gets looked after.

Make Pelmets

One way of keeping the heat in the house is to fit pelmets above the windows. This, together with Curtains, stops the heat being drawn down the cold windows at night. These can be reasonably easily made before your move and fitted as soon as you get possession.

What things have you made, or wished you had made, before you moved into a house?

Also see Settling In