Having bought your first house has to be one of the greatest moments in life. When that loan got approved, you were a homeowner, and it felt pretty good.
Whether it’s an old house or a brand new estate, you’re going to be stepping into an empty space. Empty as in you have yet to establish your presence. To make it your own, you’d need to put a lot more than furniture in it.
Our homes are our sanctuaries, so most things in our home have a reason for being there. There are a few things you can’t do without to personalize your new territory.
Stylize Your Front Porch
Most neighborhoods will have their own themes when it comes to exterior design. Most of the houses, including yours, will share the same looks. You can paint the outside walls to make it stand out, and it would.
Most of the time, though, it’d make your house an eyesore. Not to mention, you could risk violating local regulations.
A safe bet is to decorate your front yard. There’s a ton of room for you to personalize the front of the property. When doing this, avoid putting common or overused stuff all over the place. We want people to remember our home as a stylish space, not a dumping ground for random knick-knacks, and lawn ornaments.
It’s better to handmake things for the porch. If you’re handy, try building a small shed or treehouse. You can also customize your deck or patio. For those of us with a big, grassy yard, adding exotic plants with beautiful flowers will draw the eye to the greenery. Those of us who live in a building, check with your condo for more information to see if there are any rules and regulations about decorating your door.
Plant Your Own Scent
Ever noticed whenever you go to someone’s house, there’s always a smell that you can’t seem to find anywhere else? It comes from the items and activities inside their home. Since everybody has different living arrangements, the airy mixture is unique.
Your house will greet your guests with its special scent, too. It’s best to keep your visitors as well as their nostrils comfortable during their stay.
Know that every object in the house produces an odor, even if it’s an unscented product. Your choice of wood for the floor or the material of your curtains all affect the smell of the house.
Try to get a good whiff of the stuff you plan to bring home before you do so. Once you start living with it, you’d stop noticing its scent.
Keep your house drafty. Have the doors and windows open to let air in. Avoid using room fresheners or any artificial fragrances. They don’t remove odors. They only overwhelm existing odors with their own.
Use natural perfumes such as flowers or certain plants. However, use fragrant plants, but ones that people aren’t allergic to.
Renovate and Repair
If you’re buying an old house, renovation is bound to happen. Some owners may leave their homes in terrible conditions. Make sure you check for any damage and prolonging structural issues before moving in.
The important things to check for include mold, leakage, floor, and roof damage. It’s best to hire professionals for these repairs. You do not want to see broken shingles or any distortion on your roof. These are warning signs of serious damage, and you will need to get it fixed as soon as possible.
There are plenty of customization options for new houses. Each home often comes with exclusive upgrades like foyers and kitchen counters. It can be fun going through the collection. Keep in mind that these upgrades can and will get very expensive.
Nothing lasts forever, but your house will survive you if you maintain it. Keeping your home tidy and secure can help improve your wellness and the property because a home is a great long-term investment.
Check regularly for possible deterioration or damage around the house. Take care of the exterior of your home, too. This includes annual painting and re-roofing. Climate can be unpredictable; you can’t be too careful when it comes to property damage.