It’s everyone’s dream to own their own home, so when the time finally happens, it’s pretty natural for the pressure to kick in regarding getting the house to ‘house warming party standard’. If you’ve rented in the past, you’ve now got the added freedom of changing and refurbishing fixed features such as the flooring, kitchen and heating, so it’s all very new. Meanwhile, if this is your first solo trick out of your parents house, there’s a lot to learn about how to refrain from buying absolutely everything…
Whether you’re moving into a smaller or bigger space, decluttering is the most important first step when moving into your new home. Although tedious, de-cluttering before you get settled will help you to find a specific place for everything you own, and prevents cupboards and rooms being filled with junk. Plus, the decluttering will make you feel fresh and revitalised.
2. Keep your measurement to hand
If you’re not quite ready to move in just yet, or if you’re at the stage of sleeping on a mattress and eating takeaways with no furniture, it’s time to do some shopping. But, you never know when you’re going to find the perfect pieces or styles, so always keep your measurements to hand. Decide where you might want to place certain pieces, or quickly jot down the dimensions of the room and keep them in your wallet. That way, whenever inspiration strikes, you’ll be prepped with the information you need to make a decision then and there, rather than missing out on a deal due to being unsure of the space.
3. Start Calm
Without the furniture decided on, try to start with a neutral pallet. Most new builds are now finished with a neutral wall and floor colour throughout the house, which means you don’t have to worry about painting the walls straight off; neutral colours give you the chance to build up your own style, and commit to a paint colour later.
4. Rethink the Heating
Where are the heat points in each room of the house? While it’s pretty tricky to figure out what heating adjustments you might want while we’re enjoying the hot Summer, it’s important to get this sorted before the Winter. By looking in more depth at new technology and heating solutions, you’ll save a pretty penny in the long run. Whether it’s buying longer or taller, slim fit radiators, environmentally friendly, or warmer insulation in the loft, getting this major cost out of the way will help you stay in love with your new home, rather than feel uncomfortable and irritated in the cold.
5. Stagger your purchases
So, now we’ve sorted plans for the heating, and now the dimensions of each room, it’s time to get shopping – but, not all at once. Staggering the purchases means you won’t be left too out of pocket. Buying a house is a huge investment, so staggering the cost of furniture to the upcoming months will help keep your mood elated, mind focused and you’ll still have money to enjoy. But, we’d recommend the first purchase being a bed. It’s where you’ll be sleeping and spending a lot of time; and with a small TV in the corner, it can double up as a living room while you wait for a sofa. To enjoy the most out of your new house, and to give you energy to keep working on each room, you’re going to need to be well rested; therefore the first purchase should definitely be a comfortable place to sleep.
6. Splash out on long lasting pieces
While we’re on the topic of staggering costs, this is particularly important when buying prime pieces: for example a sofa, dining table and bed. Splashing out on these pieces, and finding good quality items with potentially a long guarantee is great for any first time buyer. It means in the long run, you might save yourself some money by not having to re-purchase any of the most utilised pieces of the house.
7. One room at a time
It’s very easy to get carried away and start buying pretty much anything that takes your fancy as you walk past the homeware section in your favourite shop, but stop and think. By sticking to one room at a time, you’ll be able to see the process from start to finish, and know what to look out for when shopping. It’ll also help when collating colours and themes.
8. Add textures for cosiness
The last – and possible the best part – is adding textures. Cushions, blankets and soft furnishings are pretty much a free for all; there’s no right or wrong answer. Adding these simple decoration / functional pieces makes the house homely and cosy. If you’re sticking with neutral coloured furniture, textures are your time to shine:
9. Find time to relax
Don’t forget what a huge milestone you’ve just passed: You’ve just bought a house! And while that’s an amazing achievement, and you might want to start immediately on getting it furnished, make sure to take time to actually enjoy your new space.