Owning your first home is such an exciting time of life. It can also be pretty stressful — trying to make sure you have enough money saved to be able to afford not just to re-pay the mortgage each month, but also the rest of the negotiating and administration fees to mortgage advisers and solicitors; and then there’s the various insurance policies you’ll have to take out.
And once all of that has finished, you’ll still need to allocate money for food and bills each month. Add to that the cost of maintenance and redecoration and you’ll be left with a hefty sum of money to pay out and a quickly diminishing bank balance.
Now that we’ve spoken about all of the costs, let’s take into consideration your experience with D.I.Y and handy work. It’s likely that you’ve not had very much, so you’ll want to make sure any decoration jobs are as easy to complete as possible. Follow these easy decoration tips to make life simpler for you.
Decorate one room at a time
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the thought of decorating an entire house, so make life easier for yourself and focus entirely on one room at a time.
Personally, I think it makes more sense to first focus on the room you’ll use the most, like a living room, kitchen, bathroom, or your bedroom. Or: go with the easiest room first to give you well needed practice.
You could even start with just a door — your main entrance. Does it really need to be that boring brown color?
Use accessories to add color and style
Rather than picking out expensive wallpaper and struggling to put it up in a straight line, simply paint all of the walls white – this paint color is often the cheapest (and will never go out of fashion) – and then buy cheap and brightly colored accessories to add a sense of style and inject your own personality into the room.
Look out for candles, cushion covers, mats, chairs, and vases.
Mirrors are your new best friend — one in every room!
Looking for a way to open up the room and make it feel really spacious and bright Invest in plenty of mirrors. They will reflect the light which in turn will give the room a really light and bright feel.
What’s more, they’ll make the room look huge, which can be handy if your house is fairly small; but as we all know, bigger is always better in all situations.
Save on second-hand furniture; spend on white goods
Furniture is the area where you can really save some money. Ask your friends and family if they would be willing to donate a table, some chairs, or a sofa.
Often you’ll find that people have plenty of these items lying around and they don’t often use them. It can give you a great head start and keep you going until you can find the money to buy your own.
Check charity shops too to pick up a bargain. Spend a little more on white goods to ensure that your house is future proof.
Things can still go wrong, but at least you’re likely to be covered under warranty, so there’s no need to always shell out for a new washing machine.