5 Things To Do When You’ve Just Moved In
You may have found your dream home and just moved in, but few homes are really perfect until you’ve had the time to work with them. A home doesn’t really feel like it’s truly “yours” until you’ve put your own spin on it. This means more than just making it fit your aesthetic tastes, it also means looking at the practical needs. Once you’ve ensured that all of the utilities are in working order and that there are no major DIY fixes you need to take care of, here are a few things you should do when first moving into your new home.
The surface level
It might seem like an odd place to start, but the surfaces of the home, such as the tiles, floors, and walls, can have a profound impact on how you feel about it. It comes down to personal preference to some degree. Some people like the added comfort and softness that a good carpet can add, while others prefer the cleanliness and low-maintenance of a linoleum or hardwood floor. Similarly, you might hate the tiles in your bathroom and want one that better fits your tastes. Changing the surfaces to your preferred kind can change the feeling of the entire home. This also includes finding the right rug placement for hard floors to add that much-needed touch of softness.
Look at those storage needs
You’re going to want to unpack as soon as possible so your move can feel “complete” and you can relax without all that clutter in the way. However, what if the new property doesn’t have as much storage as your last home? Addressing your storage needs is crucial. This might mean looking inside built-in wardrobes and other existing storage spaces to see if you can add baskets, dividers and other ways to more effectively use the space. Keep an eye out for spaces where you can add hampers and storage units, too. Lastly, it might be worth looking at unused spaces, such as under the stairs or oddly shaped corners that can be converted with bespoke storage.
Let there be light
The aesthetic of the home is not only dictated by colours, patterns, and furniture. It’s also about how effective the lighting is. Having the wrong kind of lighting fixtures and access to natural light can make a room feel too dark and cramped, or too bright and empty. Natural light should come first, so making sure you have the right window treatments is crucial. For the bedroom, for instance, curtains made of heavier fabrics can ensure you’re not kept awake by light from the street outside. In the kitchen and bathroom, lighter treatments like blinds can help you maximise natural light and keep a clean, fresh feeling. Don’t forget to complete the primary light fixture in rooms that are feeling too dark. Accent lighting like corner lamps can help give the room a warmer tone, while task lighting can help you give workspaces and functional areas the visibility they need, such as adding recessed lights above kitchen counters.
Surround yourself with what you love
Hopefully, your entire home decorating style involves using things you love, but there are some pieces in particular that can have a lot of emotional impact and act as your stamp on the property. Artwork that inspires or comforts you is a good example, and photos of friends and family can be an even better example. If you have a hobby, why not incorporate it into your décor? From movie posters to record covers, you can make some pretty neat galleries of the things you love most.
Consider a complete refurb
When in doubt, there’s nothing like burning it all to the ground (not literally) and starting fresh. A full refurb of the home feels less like simply transplanting your old style onto a new space. It allows you to fully consider the strengths and weaknesses of the home, to choose furniture that’s right for the amount of space and the shape of the room, to find and spruce up the focal points of each room, and to make use of the architectural and custom design features of the home. Customising small details of the home you don’t like is relatively easy, and can get rid of those little unattractive features that can sour your opinion on the space as a whole.
With the tips above, it will help you acclimate to your new surroundings much quicker and more effectively transform it from “a” home into “your” home. Don’t delay if you don’t want to feel like a stranger in your own space.