Donna Moy-Bruno's Blog
Everybody loves the feel of a new home, or in the absence of that, an old home with a new look. If you truly want to give your home a new look, you could try out some of these ideas. They are well within budget range and are sure to give your home that wow factor for at least a few more years.
- Change the covers on your sofas. Changing your entire chair and sofa set is guaranteed to change the look of your home, but if that's out of pocket reach for you, get new covers for your armchairs and settees. It does the work beautifully, even though the chairs are the same, they look different and previous guests might not be able to tell the difference. For an extra touch, rearrange the placement of the chairs around the house.
- Spraypaint your dining chairs If you have wooden or plastic chairs in your kitchen or dining area, then spray painting them will entirely not be a bad idea. You could decide to do different colors for different chairs and see how they look. If your chairs happen to have padded seats or upholstered in any way, you should call in a professional to do the paint job so as not to damage them. But a new color in your kitchen is definitely worth it.
- Add a personalized touch The difference between owning a house and making a home is usually that added touch of personality. Adding new photos and personal mementos around the house gives it a new look. The entire family could all go for a new photo shoot and hang up the pictures around the home. Alternatively, decide to change the frame of the current images you have up. Nothing is off limits. Let your home breathe "you" for every guest to see.
- Add wall art You might not be the most astute art collector, but you can definitely pick out a good piece of art, and good art is not always pricey. Check out your local thrift store or garage sales around your neighborhood for attractive pieces you can hang on the wall. Sculptures, paintings, ceramics, all will contribute to making your house take on an entirely different look. For more options on affordable wall art, check out auction sales and exhibitions at local art colleges near you.
Once you have bought a new house, you may feel lost as to where to start. There’s a long checklist of things that you should do to get yourself established in a new space. Here, you'll find a plan on what to do next.
Get Recommendations On Local People You Can Work With
Your realtor is a good place to start in asking who they recommend for many types of workers including plumbers, electricians, contractors, and more. You may even want to talk to your next door neighbors and see who they have used in the past for these types of handy work jobs. Even if you don’t need any kind of work done immediately, it’s a good idea to have some names and numbers on hand for future reference.
Don’t Paint Right Away
Although it seems much more practical to paint an empty house, once you live in your new home for awhile, you’ll get a sense of where the light hits and what colors will complement your furniture. When you pick colors in a rush, you run the risk of choosing shades that you may not love in the long term. Focus on properly lighting your rooms before you even start to paint.
Don’t Forget The Housewarming Party!
If you plan a housewarming party for a date that’s not too far after you move in, it will give you motivation to get things done in the house. The housewarming party is your accountability partner to get you to unpack those boxes and get decorating. Try to plan the party somewhere between one and two months after your planned move-in date. This will give you time to get things done, just not too much time!
Meet The Neighbors
You should take some time very soon after you move in to meet your new neighbors. They can be a great resource for you as to what happens in your new neighborhood. Find out if any of your new neighbors have dogs that your own dog could meet for a friendly walk. Your new friends will even give you information about a neighborhood watch or important community activities as well.
You’ll want to check all of your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and alarm systems. Be sure that they work. Then, change the batteries in each system to start fresh. You should also equip your house with a fire extinguisher or two. You can never be too prepared for an emergency.
Next, you should check all of the door and window locks. Replace anything that used a key. You never know who had keys to the home before it was sold.
When you start small in a new home, things will begin to come together slowly but surely just like puzzle pieces.