I am only a few weeks into this house-owning and renovating gig, but this is my umpteenth time moving, and I am pretty sure about one thing. Let me give you some advice:
If at all possible, while you’re spending every free second packing and cleaning and painting and fixing, do not, under any circumstances, get a new puppy.
(In our defense, the previous owner said he would keep him for three more weeks until we were moved in, and then pressured us to take him the next day. We’re crazy, so we said yes.)