Moving into a new home is always exciting, but buying your first home is a dream come true. It is not surprising if you feel the desire to make it picture-perfect straight away. And it will be perfect one day, but before that you need to make some planning and choosing. Otherwise, the entire project can become a failure and you might get stuck with a home you do not like. Here are some quick tips on how to avoid this.

Tip 1: Discover your style

Do you know your style? But really know it? Most of us are still discovering it, so we end up with a lot of stuff that later make us wonder ‘what got into me when I decided to spend money on this?’ The easiest thing to do is find photos from magazines, brochures, and home décor websites that represent all the rooms in your home just the way you would want them to look. You do not have to incorporate every tiny little detail from the photos into your home, but they will help you narrow down choices. They are a good starting point and then you can edit and refine. Pin all these photos and other useful paperclips, notes, ideas onto a mood board. Good organization is half of work.

Tip 2: Write it down and cost it up

When you have designed the home of your dreams, make a list of all the things you need to buy and do. The list should be as detailed as possible, so there would not be any surprises. Do not forget to include things like paint, welcome mat, new light bulbs, etc. These are all inexpensive items, but when they accumulate, they can make a huge difference to your budget. If the costs are spiraling, do not panic. You do not have to finish it at once. It is a long-term process.

Tip 3: Prioritize the work

Knowing the natural order of work that needs to be done is crucial. Or else you will be forced to undone something that has already been done. For example, painting your bedroom and then realising that you want to add a couple of more light switches.

Tip 4: DIY as much as you can

First reason is of course financial. It will save you a lot of money on carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. It is useful to know if any family members and friends can help you. The other reason is to incorporate a piece of yourself into your new home. It will start feeling like your home sooner.

Tip 5: Buy all big pieces of furniture second-hand

Again, there is a financial side to it, but it is more because your style will change. Even if you have a clear idea what couch and coffee table you want, once you place them in the middle of your living room, you might realize that they do not go together. Learn from these mood changes and wait for the right time to invest into furniture.

Tip 6: Reconsider presents

Your friends will probably be as excited about your new home as you are. They will start bringing you gifts in terms of décor, but also big pieces of furniture. Although you know your style the best, do not turn up your nose at these presents before you reconsider their potential.

Tip 7: Quick fixes on a budget

Sometimes you will not have the budget to do a complete makeover. But there are things you can do to liven up the space. Here are some quick and relatively cheap fixes:

  • Re-paint old furniture – sand it down and add a new coat of paint and you will be amazed with the results.

  • Change the wall color – you do not even have to paint the entire room. One accent wall is all you need to get a whole new room.

  • Change the curtains

  • Buy technology – experts from Universal Home Theatre suggest buying home theater that will turn your home into your friends’ favorite place in town.

  • Buy art – with so many online and offline offers, it will not be hard to find a piece that suits your style and your budget.

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