Buying your first house is definitely one of the biggest steps that you can take in your life. Considering the fact that it requires a huge amount of money to buy your dream house, it may be quite scary for first time homeowners. On top of that, the extensive paperwork and processing time can give you a headache like no other. Ultimately, home acquisition is a great feat. With this in mind, it is critical to get it right the first time.
After purchasing your house, you would want to finally make it truly your own. You might want to buy the next appliance or furniture that you see. You might want to build the next house add-on you get excited about in this month’s This Old House. Home improvement is definitely exciting, but it is extremely laborious. Just like purchasing your new house, it would be highly beneficial for you to get it right the first time. As such, you have to make sure you pimp your house right.
Almost all home design layouts have branched out from the basics. Design evolution comes from the mix and match of different concepts as the eyes of the home owner dictate. For your brand new home, you definitely need guidance to help you through the road to good house functionality and aesthetics.
Find inspiration to create the best result for you. Yes, you may have your own unique touch on your brand new purchase. However, there is always room for improvement to any concept, no matter how good it is. You might be surprised how many details, concepts and tricks of the trade are out there.
The popularity of social media and never-ending updates of online resources has made “shopping” for home design inspiration easier than ever. Instagram and Pinterest have made their platforms perfect vehicles for design concept sharing. There are also tons of images online for the best décor and aesthetic elements for practically any theme. Alternatively, you can still go for the traditional hard copy subscription to get the best of the best inspirations for your home.
Ultimately, you have to make sure your scouting is doused with a good dose of fun as this home improvement project is based on your taste. Your taste would reach its peak when you are passionate about the project, and that passion makes the work less stressful. At the end of the day, it’s important that it runs smoothly and the end result is a place you would like to live in for a long time.
Prioritize what you REALLY need
In your quest to make the most out of your newly-acquired space, you should learn how to prioritize what is really important in your home. Be practical. You may have all the budget in the world, but you still need make sure that you are in touch with what you really value the most.
Think about this: what was in your mind when you decided to buy the property? Was it to provide a comfortable life for your family? Was it to create a relaxing space that would fit your lifestyle? Was it to establish a functional house for you, or a market-ready property in the future?
These considerations should guide you in your decisions during your home improvement. It is always helpful to go back to where you started when you feel that you are lost. For instance, when you are deciding on an add-on for your kitchen, you can easily be swayed by the aesthetic improvement despite the price tag that goes along with it. When you recall how you’ve always wanted to have multi-functional appliances and space-saving shelves in your house, you know that your next purchase should be more on the functional side of things.
With everything said and done, you can always go for the option that encompasses them all. Chrome or stainless steel appliances and fixture accents offer a highly sophisticated feel to your kitchen, tapping the aesthetics sense in you. At the same time, this type of finish offers higher durability and flexibility in terms of their application, perfect for your goal of keeping everything functional. You can always find balance between various considerations. You just need to pick which one is most critical for you.
Know how to budget wisely
You may have spent most of your savings on the house. You may have maxed out all your resources to finally acquire the property. Perhaps it’s just one of your regular investments. In any case, you have just spent a substantial amount to purchase your new home. In this regard, you should still keep your financial radar checked as you take more steps toward improving your home.
To start off, make sure you do have a plan going in to your project. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” the old saying goes. Of course, you don’t want to fail on your new home. You want to make sure that the result you want is well thought out, organized and realistic. It is definitely difficult to head out and do whatever you feel like at the moment because something is “pretty” and “would be nice for the house.”
You should be focused on the plan you have just created for yourself. Your home improvement project requires you to keep tabs on the project timeline, cost, cash flow, design, functional layout and even manpower. Either using a logbook or a spreadsheet, you need to keep everything documented. You will thank yourself in the end.
In terms of expenses, you need to keep in mind that big items and fixed objects often require you to allocate more of your budget to them. This may include kitchen appliances like ovens or refrigerators, and bathroom items like your bathtubs and shower frames and fixtures. It is a good decision to bank on them since they are difficult to replace and add value to your home as a whole in the long run.
As for the rest of your appliances, you may consider allocating a smaller budget. You can go for more affordable items or simply buy used appliances. This allocation is highly dependent on how much you plan to stay in the house and how many people are staying on a regular basis. If you do go for the pre-owned items, you can go visit your local appliance repairman in case these items need fixing and adjustments to fit your home.
Lastly, if you need to do spend for anything on your house, try to avoid using credit cards. Learn to save for what you want done to the house. Yes, it is exciting to buy items right away. It may also seem cheaper if you go and buy in bulk in a single trip. However, you can only say so if it sits well with your plan (as advised above). Just like any other purchases, buying practically everything through credit may lead you into financial quicksand. The bottom line is that you need to know what you want, review your plan and execute with your finances in check.