Top Tips For First-Time Homeowners

Top Tips For First-Time Homeowners

We’ve just moved house (two days ago!) so a post with tips for first-time homeowners is very much on topic. You’ll be seeing a few posts in the coming weeks on interiors, homes, gardens and so on.

Know The Process

Becoming homeowners for the first time sounds great because there is no hint of all the legal hoops you’ll have to jump through and so on. Don’t let this put you off, but do make sure that you do your research and get advice where appropriate. For more information on the process of purchasing your first house, you can visit this site here.

Set Yourself An Overall Budget For Your Home, And For Moving

One of the most important things you need to do when becoming first-time homeowners is making sure you have set yourself an overall budget for both your home and for moving costs. When it comes to the budget for your home you need to think about both the deposit and the costs of your mortgage, as well as all of the monthly bills you need to pay. As for moving, you will need to consider the costs to hire a removal team and any costs that may occur when you first move in. To help, you can keep track of everything in a budgeting spreadsheet. 

Consider the little costs when might not seem obvious, like buying a new green licence for the new place (£35 for us!), having an oven cleaned, new curtain poles etc if going into a new build without them. We had lot of little bit on top of the “proper” moving costs and it all adds up.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help If You Need It

During your move, there are going to be lots of things you struggle with. Whether it’s understanding the way in which your mortgage works, working out the average executive condo price or understanding the agreement you have with your estate agents, it’s never a bad thing to ask for help. There are lots of different people out there that will be able to help you on your journey, so don’t be afraid to reach out for advice if you need it. Help with the moving day is always good, my youngest sister has been my angel this week!

Do Your Research When It Comes To Choosing An Estate Agents To Work With

Although you won’t have as much involvement with your estate agents as you would have if you were renting, you will have to communicate with them on a regular basis during the first few months of your move. Because of this, you need to ensure you’re purchasing a house from a company you trust. If you haven’t had experience with any estate agents before, make sure you’re doing as much research as you can before you get started. Ask your friends for advice, find reviews online and meet with people face to face to get a better impression. You’ll be glad you did when it comes to saying yes to a purchase!

View As Many Houses As You Possibly Can

One of the best things about becoming homeowners is that you get to view as many different properties as you want. The best thing to do is take a look at all of the properties in your area that are within your budget, and book appointments to see them all. Even if they’re not something you’d typically like, you never know when you’re going to be surprised by a property. Whether you’re looking for a small apartment in the city or a family home away from the hustle and bustle, you may find you actually enjoy viewing a wide range of properties.

Make Sure You’re Viewing Your Favourites More Than Once

Once you have viewed a range of properties you need to narrow it down to your favourites, as well as the ones that are definitely still on the market. Once you’ve done this, take the time to visit them all again. Not only does this give you more of an idea of which property is your favourite, but it will give you a chance to ask all of the important questions that will help you make your decision. If you haven’t already, it may be worth writing down a list of all the questions you want to ask your estate agent.

Once You’ve Chosen The Best Choice, Take Measurements Of Every Room

Once you’ve revisited all of your favourites, it’s time to make a decision! Although you may not be able to access the property too often, it’s definitely worth finding out if you’re able to go back to take measurements of each room. If not, find out if this is something your estate agents can offer. Having the measurements for your new property will not only allow you to start making plans when it comes to renovations, but it will also give you a good idea of what furniture will and won’t fit. For tips and tricks when it comes to taking measurements, you can visit this site here.

Speak With A Professional If You Want Assistance In Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, it may be worth speaking to a professional. Whilst you may have a certain amount of skill when it comes to decorating, moving into a new home is a chance to have it completely redesigned by someone who has an eye for design. Although this definitely won’t be a cheap option, it’s a great way to ensure you don’t have to redecorate in a couple of years time.

Hire A Removal Team To Help You With Packing And Moving

If you don’t think you’re going to be able to handle the move alone, hiring a removal team is the best way to go. Whilst you may want to do all of you’re packing yourself, the removal team will be able to expertly move all of your boxes and furniture from one place to the next. 

After All Of The Stress, You Are Now Homeowners!

Although the whole experience is probably going to be incredibly stressful, it’s important that you remember it will be worth it. In a couple of months, you’ll be sitting in your newly decorated home enjoying your first ever night of freedom.

Are you going to be first-time homeowners soon? What do you need to think about beforehand? Let me know in the comments section below.


Make Your Home Look Fabulous On A Budget

Make Your Home Look Fabulous On A Budget

I may not have mentioned this more than a hundred times but we are moving home tomorrow! Given that we are in the midst of moving here are a few tips to help you make your house look fabulous on a budget.

 I have so many plans and projects for the new house and am confident that I can do all these things bit by bit. None of these things needs planning permission or anything like this, so they are all relatively straight forward ideas. By the time you have finished reading this you are going to know how you can make your home look fabulous, even when you are on a tight budget.

Buy a Property

If you are looking to make a real estate investment and want to live in the property you have the opportunity to make this property suitably fabulous after you have figured out what your budget is going to be. This needs to be in line with the amount that you have spent on the property though, or else you are going to have issues when it comes to purchasing the items for your home.

Find The Perfect Couch

The first thing that we are going to look at in terms of making your home look fabulous is ensuring that you find the perfect couch. You might be thinking that there is no such thing as a perfect couch, but we can assure you there is. For example, one that matches the rest of your living room is going to be a great start. For this reason, it is recommended that you go for something of a neutral colour. If you don’t do this, then you could find areas of your room clashing, throwing off the whole vibe of your home.

It doesn’t matter whether you want to choose leather or fabric, because this is down to personal preference. You do need to consider all the factors here though, such as how long you want it to last, whether you have kids or pets and so on. These will all play a part in picking the perfect couch for your home.

Paint The Walls

This isn’t going to cost you very much money at all, especially if you decide to do the job yourself. Just get yourself a can of paint and some paint brushes, then you will be good to go (I’m a fan of Farrow and Ball). Paint doesn’t cost that much, and you will find that all paint stores will have a selection for you to choose from to ensure that you are getting the colour that you love.

Make Your House Look Fabulous on a Budget With A Theme

Have you thought about having a theme throughout your home? This doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can be anything you want. For example, if you love Harry Potter, why not have Harry Potter items around your home? By doing this, there is a theme continuing throughout your home, and you are not going to have to spend thousands to make this happen. Picking up items when you see them is the best way to get this idea going. You might find that there is an awesome decoration when you are just browsing the store, and you can pick it up to add to the collection when you get home. You know that our new home is going to be cram-packed full of Dungeons and Dragons awesomeness.

Try Minimalism to Make Your House Look Fabulous on a Budget

Minimalism is a popular design trend at the moment and appeals to me, up to a point. The whole idea behind this trend is to make things look as spacious and open as possible by removing all the clutter from every room in the home. If you don’t like clutter, then this could be the design trend for you to follow.

If you are wondering how you could get started with this, a great way is to go room by room and sort out the things that you no longer want or need. One of the rules you should follow is that if it doesn’t bring you happiness or hold sentimental value, then it needs to go. Having items just to take up space goes against the entire principal of minimalism which could mean that you need to get some extra storage space.

Charity Shops

Finally, you can always check out charity shops. Sometimes people can be a little funny about buying items that have been used by others, but they are fully sorted out before they are resold to you. So, what is the issue with buying those curtains for half the price they are worth? Not only are you getting a great discount, but you are also helping by contributing to charity. You never know what awesome things that you might be able to find if you head over to a charity shop and start looking for home accessories.

Make Your House Look Fabulous on a Budget

When it comes to trying to make your house look fabulous on a budget the challenge of doing it in a thrifty way makes it all the better! If you have any top tips for home makeovers on a shoestring, let me know!

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