Picking your first home, whether as a single individual or as a couple, is one of the most important choices of your life. (No pressure here.) You’ve saved long and hard, spent countless lunch breaks scouring the Internet for new home listings, and finally found the perfect location (or at least one you can tolerate). So, why shouldn’t you go the extra mile to make it look and feel special?
Have no fear; expert tips are here. The good people at the hub of furnishing and decoration, Homify, have excellent expert tips to help you turn your house into a home without losing your mind completely.
A good place to start is a good, neutral palate to get you off the ground. “Choosing whites and blacks, timber tones and everything in between we think is a wise initial decision. Neutral tones will always work, and can always be easily dressed up with a dash of colour in elements such as floor rugs or cushions in the future,” say the furnishing experts.
MAKE LISTS – LOTS OF THEM
There should be no shame in your game when it comes to careful planning and budgeting for your first house. “You cannot simply dive in and ‘wing it’. Write down all the items you currently own, write down all the items you need, and write a wish list of things you would love to own in the future.”
INVEST IN QUALITY BEDDING
Considering the fact that you will spend a third of your life in bed, it’s very wise to own some quality bedding you can comfortably sink into. But don’t scrimp on a good bed, either, say the experts, as it’s essential for a comfy life.
HAVE A BUDGET
Oh, the temptation to splurge on lush furniture and pricey decorations, but avoid getting into debt (you just paid for a house) by blowing the budget. And if you don’t have a budget, this is a good time to make one. “When you go shopping for new furniture and decorations, it’s easy to become overexcited and spend money you don’t have. Don’t let a showroom or a salesperson let you go over your budget, and shop around for deals and value for money. And, if you have some money to spare after sticking to your budget, you can happily buy something from your wishlist without the guilt.”