Buying your first house is an important milestone. It is a very exciting time to enjoy. Chances are you have so many great plans for the house too, especially when it comes to the decorating. However, it is easy to get carried away when decorating your first house. A lot of first-time homeowners go through the same phase too. To help make the process easier, keep reading for some tips.
When making an offer for the house, be sure to ask for permission to start with preparatory stuff as early as possible. As you wait for the mortgage loan to be approved and you work with your local conveyancer to transfer the ownership of the house, you can begin doing some cleaning and light decorating.
Once these processes are completed, you will have a usable house to begin with. It may not be the dream house you have always wanted, but you will be able to live in it while you think about what you want to do with the decoration and other parts of the house.
More importantly, start with a plan. As mentioned before, decorating your first house is very exciting; you may get carried away. Having a clear plan will help you stick to getting the interior design you want (and avoid buying unnecessary stuff along the way).
Buy Second Hand
Speaking about buying stuff along the way, it is also a great idea to buy second hand furniture when you’re decorating your first house. There are a lot of stores – even online retailers – that specialise in second hand furniture. You can find gorgeous – almost brand new – items that look great in your house too.
The reason why buying second hand is a good idea is because you will be changing the interior design of the house several times in the near future. Even when you have a clear picture in your mind of what you want the living room to look like, for instance, you will still be adding new pieces and removing some after a few months.
You can save a lot of money and still experiment with the interior design of your new house with second hand furniture items. You may even be able to turn a profit when you decide to resell the items you choose to replace.
Give It Time
Another interesting part of the experience is the drive to get everything done – or change things up – immediately. Spend a day browsing through interior design magazines or websites and you’ll want to change things around the house immediately. Of course, this is part of the thrills; it’s your first house after all.
The key here is to give your house a chance. Let new ideas sink in for a few days. After adding new furniture or making changes, try to live with the new layout for a while. If you still want to make more changes after that, then you’re free to give it a try.
Decorating your first house can be immensely exciting indeed. These simple tips will help you make the most out of the experience. Have fun!