Moving into a new home is always exciting, but for most of us, a property won’t be our dream home when we first move in. It’s always cheaper to buy something that needs a little work and do it up yourself, not only will you save money but you get more control over the design process and can adapt it to suit your family and lifestyle. Here are a few changes that are well worth making if you’ve bought a bit of a fixer upper.
One of the first things you’ll want to do when you move into a new home is redecorate. It helps you put your own stamp on the place, and remove the atmosphere and overall vibe that the past owners had created. A light, neutral shade will make any home feel bright and spacious, and will create a nice blank canvas for anything else you want to put in the rooms. You can always add colour and texture with plants, cushions, rugs, wall art and more, without needing to hang fussy wallpaper (which will more than likely look dated within a couple of years).
New kitchen and bathroom
Unlike the rest of the home, changing the kitchen and bathroom requires more than just a lick of paint. If the suites you have are old fashioned or just not up to standard then you’ll be best off replacing them. As well as style, think of your storage needs. Work with a designer to give you the best finish overall and ensure you can fit all of the appliances and cupboards you need into the space.
Central heating and air conditioning
Most homes are connected up to the gas central heating mains. This is convenient (no having to fill fuel tanks) and it’s also the cheapest way to heat your home. If yours isn’t linked up to the mains, it can be worth looking into having this done. It might cost a bit upfront, but you’ll save money and hassle overall. If you live in a warm part of the world (or just a place that gets hot summers) then AC is a good investment. Have an expert hvac fit your system and maintain it once a year.
Good quality windows will prevent against crime, as they’re harder for burglars to break or jimmy using a tool like a crowbar. And they’ll also save you money overall as they’ll prevent heat escaping meaning you won’t need to put the heating up quite as high. If the windows in the home you’ve moved into are single glazed, the double glazing has failed (meaning they’re wet or fogged up inside) or just old then replacing them is a smart move.
There’s nothing quite like having a nice garden to relax in when it’s warm, and a space where you can kick back after work, entertain friends and for kids and pets to play is one of the best things about owning a home. If yours is in a state of disrepair, have a handyman come in and clear away the rubbish and anything overgrown. You can then hire a landscape gardener to create a design that works for you and your family, depending on how much maintenance you’re happy to do.