Deciding on what step to take in making a house feel like a home can be an overwhelming process. Here are some tips to help:
Keep a homeowner’s file: Save receipts, documents, signatures, and information about your home all in one place. This will come in handy if your home needs repairs or if you need financial information.
Decide on a theme before you decorate: Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you purchase a new home is how to personalize it. One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is purchasing decor, furniture and paint colors before deciding on a theme. Take time to research color schemes, or hire a professional interior designer to help.
Tackle one project at a time: From refurbishing furniture to painting an accent wall, starting and finishing a project one at a time is a great rule to follow. If you start one thing and then begin the other without finishing what you started, it’s likely that you will never finish.
Ask around for trusted pros: If you’re not much into DIY projects, ask around the neighborhood for professional services that are trusted in the area. Knowing what others might have experienced sometimes can be more helpful than online reviews.
Make a list of needs and wants: Having a new home is exciting, but can also lead to purchasing things that you don’t necessarily need at the moment. Knowing what your needs are and what your wants are will help you with your budget.
Meet your neighbors: Knowing who your neighbors are can not only create a fun environment, but will benefit you in the long run. In case you may be on a long trip and need a house sitter or pet sitter, or if you just need some advice, keeping your neighbors as friends is always a great idea!