Buying a new home means taking on a fair amount of responsibility, both financially and personally. Being responsible for property that has value that is intimately tied to your financial security and well-being means that as a home owner you should be vested in your home’s appearance and well-being. This does not mean keeping it spotless all the time for guests, but rather, keeping up with regular maintenance and handling emergencies promptly and in a responsible way.
When first moving into your new home, you are likely coming off of a fresh inspection that let you know the house was in good condition, including the foundation and roofing. However, if it is a home that is not brand new and has been lived in before, there are many things that you might want to consider looking at replacing or renovating yourself that are likely outdated or worn down, and were undoubtedly left by the previous owner because they are highly dependent on the owner’s tastes.
First, take a good look at the carpet and flooring throughout the house. Carpet in particular is tricky, but if it is worn down or stained, it is probably worth replacing with new carpet or a different kind of flooring underneath it. Carpet is always nice to have but years of children and pets wear down on carpet like they do on any other fabric, and it can definitely quickly get to the point of needing replacing. Take a look around your new home and see if there are any parts of the carpet that need replacing or removing altogether, and then make a decision about what you want to do. It could be that you hate carpet and want it gone, or maybe you want a new color or material to match your furniture, paint, and artwork when you move in.
Secondly, take a look at the walls. This is huge. Are the window coverings letting in enough light? If not, consider replacing them with blinds or shutters that offer more flexibility. In line with the carpet, consider painting the walls different colors to match your style as well, in which case you are almost always going to want to change the window treatments to match your new paint. You could also pick out your favorite blinds and choose a paint color to match the window treatments instead of the other way around. Either way, these two should be considered in tandem so you do not end up picking blinds and paint that clash completely with one another. There are a lot of vendors such as One Stop Decorating who can help make sure, with samples and other devices, that you coordinate when choosing colors and materials to match the rest of the room’s furniture, flooring, and artwork.
As a home owner though, you have the right to mismatch colors if you want and to keep worn down carpet. These are just a few of the possible ways in which you can take a home that is newly yours and personalize it to suit you and your family.