Buying a new house is exciting, but even if you’re in love with the look and feel of a property, it’s probably not going to feel like it’s “yours” right away. Your house won’t feel like a home until you invest some time and energy into tuning it more precisely to your style.
In this guide, we’ll look at some of the best strategies you can use to transform your ordinary house into a warm, inviting home.
Choose the Right House (If You Can)
You’ll find it much easier to turn your house into a home if you start with a house that you truly connect with.
Consider the neighborhood. Consider the neighborhood where the property resides. Is this someplace that makes you feel safe? Do you like the other houses in the area? Could you see yourself looking out the window or going for a walk and enjoying yourself? Don’t underestimate the impact the neighborhood can have on your feelings of comfort and peace.
Plan for the future. Don’t just think about how you’re going to feel in a few weeks, when you move in. Think about how you’re going to feel for the next several months, and possibly years. It’s hard to anticipate how your feelings might change in the future, but do the best you can to visualize your future.
Get a home inspection. Your house isn’t going to feel like a home if, after you move in, you’re forced to deal with bad plumbing, mysterious noises, or a cracking or crumbling foundation. Fortunately, you can spot these problems early and get them fixed before you move in—as long as you get a home inspection before finalizing the deal.
Change the Floors
If you’re not sure of how you feel about this property, consider changing the floors. Investing in high-quality, hardwood floors could completely change the dynamic, and installing new carpeting in the bedroom can make it feel like it’s truly yours. It’s a significant financial investment, but it could dramatically improve your sentiments toward the home.
Invest in New Appliances
Similarly, new appliances are a relatively small investment that can make your house feel cleaner, newer, and more “yours.” As an added benefit, new appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators are often more energy efficient, helping you save money for the indefinite future.
Painting is a minor change that doesn’t take much time or cost much money, but it can totally change the look and feel of your home. Choose colors that speak to your personality and evoke the right feelings in each room—and make sure you choose some good accent colors as well.
Get the Right Furniture
You’ll have a wide range of furniture to choose from for your new home, and lots of variables to keep in mind. Not only should you think about the comfort afforded by your furniture, but you should also think about the furniture’s material, overall aesthetics, and color—make sure it’s the right fit for the intended room. Once you get the right furniture, you can spend time arranging it carefully to improve the flow between rooms, as well as your available space.
Improve the Lighting
Don’t underestimate the value of good lighting on your feelings toward your home. Spotlights can highlight some of your favorite pieces of furniture and elements of the home, and bright track lighting elsewhere can always make your home feel full of energy—even on cloudy days and during the night.
Create More Ambiance
Complementing your lighting, you can invest in more ambiance.
Temperature and humidity. Use your HVAC system, fireplaces, space heaters, portable air conditioners, fans, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and other secondary appliances to tweak your temperature and humidity to your liking. You can even customize it for every room to get even more control.
Sound and music. Install some high-quality speakers throughout your home, but especially in the living room. That way, you can fill your home with your favorite music whenever you want.
Scents. You can similarly fill your home with your favorite scents. Some scents are even thought to boost your mood and productivity.
Make your rooms even more inviting by hanging some of your favorite artwork on the walls. Fill space, but make sure to leave enough white space so you can truly appreciate these works. If you can’t find a piece you like, consider contacting an artist you love and commissioning them for something new.
In the first few weeks of your new home ownership, you can transform your living space into something exquisite—and totally in line with your preferences and personality. You’ll have to spend a bit of money and invest several hours of your own time, but at the end of this journey, you’ll be much more satisfied with your dwelling.