Moving into a new home is a fresh start, a major life opportunity to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Here are suggestions to transform your empty house into a cozy and inviting home for your happiness and well being.
- First of all, you need to have a solid idea of how you want this transformation to go. This includes an overall goal or theme, a preferable color scheme, and a budget of how much you are able to spend on renovations, amenities, etc. The best resources for great decorating ideas are magazines such as This Old House and Home. After you have an idea of how you would like to transform your space, start with the basics: walls, floors, ceilings, and windows. It is also important to know that kitchens and bathrooms will require more time and energy due to the various appliances.
- Secondly, I am a firm believer that the bedroom is the most important room in the house and should be given the most attention while decorating your new home. This is, after all, where you sleep. If you sleep peacefully at night, you are bound to have more energy during the day. Start by decorating here, figuring out what you want and need to create a lovely, comfortable nook. Splurging on this room definitely makes a difference in overall comfort in your new home. If you are an early riser, complement your room with lighter colors and more sheer curtains or blinds. Those of you who stay up later into the night should choose deeper colors and thicker coverings.
- Third, make sure both houses, old and new, are cleaned up. The old one should be subject to a deep cleaning. Do yourself a favor and get rid of at least 1/4th of your stuff: furniture, clothing, electronics, etc. The less cluttered your closet space, the more uncluttered your life. Take this as an opportunity to eliminate all that you don’t need to make room for new, exciting life experiences.
- Fourth, be careful not to overdo it regarding excessive spending. Moving into a new house can be an exciting opportunity to make lots of new purchases and renovations, but wait at least one month before going on a shopping spree. Get used to your new house and make sure you are positive of the personality you would like to create before making major amendments.
- Fifth, I know it has been drilled into your brain that things need to match, but the truth of the matter is that a couple matching pillows is fine, but any more than that makes your home look like a doll house on a TV show. Make sure to incorporate your own style and personality while you decorate.
- Lastly, be responsible about your renovations. If, for example, your pantry cupboard is looking dull, give it a new coat of paint instead of re-doing the woodwork. Try to steer clear of installing cheaply made wood and other materials, and be financially responsible when you can.
Use these tips to transform your empty house into the pleasant, snug home you’ve always dreamed of.
About the Author
Becca Eisenberg is a real estate consultant with years of experience with a specialization on Carlsbad homes for sale .