How to Make Your New House a Home
One of the most
exciting moments of anyoneâ€™s life is buying their first home. However, after
you wind down from the whirlwind of closing and cross that threshold for the
first time, reality often sets in. For many new homeowners, it can be
challenging to make a house feel like a home and, in an effort to quickly do
so, many spend too much money unnecessarily.
With a little advance planning, you can make your new house a home without
breaking the bank. Here, a few important tips to follow:
Many first-time home buyers are coming into homeownership without suitable
furnitureâ€”leftovers from their college dorm or parentsâ€™ basement wonâ€™t cut it
in their first home. According to a study from the National Association of Home
Builders, furnishings represent a substantial investment, with home buyers
spending about $5,300 on furnishings during the first year after buying a home.
Space out your home furnishing purchasesâ€”you donâ€™t need to choose it all at
onceâ€”and focus on the most necessary pieces first, such as a bed, living room
sofa and dining room table.
If this is your first home, chances are you suddenly have a lot more windows to
worry aboutâ€¦and ultimately enjoy! Again, donâ€™t feel pressured to choose window
treatments for every window in every room all at once. First, choose the areas
where privacy is a must and work down the list from there over the coming
months. In the meantime, enjoy the light and openness from uncovered windows
and take your time deciding what type of window treatment will truly work best
for each room.
This may also be your first experience in having a yard you are responsible
for. Invest in a few key garden tools, such as hedge trimmers, a sprinkler, and
possibly a lawn mower. Or check with your new neighbors to see if there is a
resident teenager who will mow your lawn for a nominal fee. No need to invest
big money in expensive landscaping services at first. Just focus on keeping
your yard uncluttered and neat.
While your first instinct might be to go out and get that huge flat screen TV
you finally have room for, pause a moment to consider what other appliances
need to take priority, such as a refrigerator, stove, or washer/dryer. While
many existing homes usually come with appliances, a home buyer needs to take
inventory as to whether or not they will need to purchase these big ticket
There is no more landlord to call when a home maintenance issue arises, so make
sure youâ€™re equipped to handle minor issues on your own. Otherwise, youâ€™ll wind
up spending unnecessary dollars on service providers. Many home improvement
stores have tool sets you can purchase, but make sure it includes a hammer,
screw drivers, pliers, wrenches, a tape measure and a staple gun.
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