Simple Steps for Turning a House into a Home
Put Your Personal Touch on the Place
You might not want to undertake any major renovations or upgrades as soon as you’ve moved in, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still try to put your own personal touch on the place. Even simple tasks like changing the color of the front door, painting a few accent walls or changing out the shower heads, faucets and other hardware can make a huge difference. The more you can do to make the place match your own personal sense of style, the easier it will be to feel at home and comfortable in your new place.
Make Yourself at Home
One of the biggest keys to feeling at home in a new house is to immediately surround yourself with familiar things. This means making sure to hang up your favorite pictures and family photos as soon as you’ve moved in. Even if you’re not sure yet about the décor and where everything will go, surrounding yourself with familiar and comforting items from your past will still help you to begin feeling more at home.
Don’t Forget About Your Sense of Smell
Of all your senses, the sense of smell is the one most closely connected with memory. This is especially important to remember when moving into a new house as it won’t really start to feel like home until it starts to smell like home. For this reason, it is essential that you undertake a thorough deep cleaning prior to moving. Thoroughly cleaning the home will help to remove evidence of the previous owner so it doesn’t smell like you\'re living in someone else’s place. Scented candles, fresh flowers, cooking, and baking can also help to infuse the home with familiar scents to help speed up the process of making your new house feel and smell more like home.
Focus on the Floors
Nothing can make a home feel emptier than bare floors. Putting down a few rugs helps to improve sound insulation and can make a place to feel cozier and lived in. You probably noticed how empty your old place felt when you moved out all of your things and how much sounds echoed inside the space, and this is obviously something you’ll want to avoid in the new place. Even if all of your furniture has yet to arrive, a few rugs can still make a huge difference in muffling echoes and making the space to feel homier. At the same time, rugs, and other furnishings also help to add a personal touch to the room and can help to overcome that feeling of living in someone else’s home.
A Little Lighting Goes a Long Way
One of the most important aspects of interior decoration is the lighting. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most overlooked aspects, and many homes and apartments still tend to feature the cheapest, most basic light fixtures. Nothing can make a place feel more comfortable and homey quicker than changing out those basic or old and outdated light fixtures for something with a little more style or something that casts a softer, more relaxed glow. Having softer, lower-hanging light fixtures like chandeliers can make the space feel more inviting and enable you to feel more comfortable in the new place. Luckily, lighting is also one of the least expensive changes you can make and one that will have the biggest difference in the overall feel of the home.
Pay Attention to Your Peace of Mind
Buying and moving into a new home is always going to be a stressful experience. Unfortunately, those stresses don’t necessarily stop as soon as you’ve signed the contract or moved all of your things in. It will obviously take some time to get used to the new place, but you can still help speed up the process by doing whatever you can to take away some of the cares and worries. This means focusing on home security to keep your property, family, and valuables safe from intruders, purchasing homeowner’s insurance or a home warranty and ensuring that the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. Ideally, you should have at least one smoke detector on each floor, or better still, one detector in every bedroom.
No matter what you do, it will always take some time before your new house really begins to feel like home. The worst thing you can do in this situation is to focus too much on your old place. Instead, it is important that you do whatever you can to try to feel comfortable in the new place. Even taking a few basic steps can go a long way towards ensuring that you don’t sit around pining for your old place and begin loving the new house the way you should.
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