When you find your ideal home, it’s like a dream come true – you’ve saved and budgeted for so long that finally finding your new house feels incredible. But for many people, that’s when the financial problems really begin. Here are some tips to make sure that you stay financially safe as you make your new house into your new home…
Make Sure You Prioritise
First of all, you need to remember that you can’t tackle everything at once. Moving house itself is hugely expensive with taxes and with movers’ fees (or with the cost of pizza and beverages if you asked your friends to help you move instead of hiring the professionals!). It’s also incredibly stressful – so if you need some time out to reevaluate exactly what you need to do when you’re finally in your new place, then make sure you take it, so that you end up making the best decisions. Remember that you need to start with the chances that your family really needs to make. You might not like the colour of the walls in your new dining room but if your bathroom is barely useable than you need to think about renovating that first instead.
Stay Within Budget
It is absolutely crucial that you make sure that you stay within budget. Make sure that you make a list of your incomings and outgoings so you can see exactly how much you have to spend. Renovating and redecorating a house is stressful enough without having money problems as well, so make sure that you go for well priced products and that you shop around. Rooms like the bathroom and kitchen can be particularly expensive to change, so shop around for things like concrete crib benchtops at a good price, or for your new sink fittings. Compare different places before you make your final decisions.
If you’re hiring workmen to do some of the decorating and renovations for you, first of all – good call. Not many of us can decorate a house to the same high standards as people who have actually been trained to do it, and it’s always a good idea to pay a little more for high quality that will last for a long time. But it’s important to make sure that you hire a company that has a good reputation. If you’re in a new area, ask your neighbours if they have any recommendations, and invite multiple companies in to get quotes from all of them. It’s important that you use a company that works well for you.
Go For SimplicityFinally, remember that if you’re going for easy elegance, simplicity is key. Go for neutral colours to begin with. That might not sound too interesting but the truth is that they can last for much longer as you can change accessories like drapes, rugs and cushions whenever you want to go with neutral walls and floors, changing the whole vibe of the room. The basics of every room should be simple, sleek and sophisticated – other than that, feel free to go nuts!