Moving brings a mixture of emotions. On one hand, you’re sad about leaving the place you’ve called your home, but in so many ways you’re excited about what’s to come. You’re not alone. It’s okay to feel a range of emotions. It’s perfectly acceptable to feel sadness about leaving one place while also excited about going somewhere new. To get you further excited about your new adventure, we have some tips to help you make your house a home.
#1 Take a layer off. Put a layer on.
We’re talking dust and paint. Before you move in, especially if you’re buying a previously-owned home, take steps to make your house a home with a thorough cleaning. And if the house is new, it’s always a good idea to check out the cleanliness, also. Dust from construction can find its way into cupboards and other spaces. A good cleaning is vital to making it your own, and if you do it before the boxes are in your way, you’ll feel less stressed after you move in. And while you may still be deciding which colors to add into the decor, choosing a foundational paint color for the walls is a great idea. Before furniture and boxes are in your home, adding a coat of paint will freshen everything up. Newly painted walls will be a great way for you to start to make your house a home.
#2 Make it comfortable.
Your home should be a place of comfort. Even when you’re in the midst of moving chaos, with boxes of your belongings littered about the house, you should be comfortable. Privacy. You deserve it, and it should be one of your highest priorities as you make your house a home. You’ll have curious neighbors, and possibly bare windows, so be prepared to take steps to ensure the privacy you want. Security is important, as well. Make sure to change your locks or have them re-keyed at your local hardware store.
*Temporary shades can be helpful from day one for rooms where you want the utmost privacy, like bedrooms and bathrooms. You’ll have time to decide on valuable features like room-darkening shades and top down shades once you start to establish colors and decor.
#3 Make two lists.
A homeowner’s work is never done, so pace yourself. To make your house a home, you’ll need two lists. One list will be your to do list of things and changes you want for your home in the upcoming years. The other? Make a list of projects where you might want to get a professional in to help you with a project. Everyone’s lists will be different based on skills and hobbies. Love to garden? Put landscaping on your to do list. Hate being outside, dealing with weeds? Call the professionals. Many come to you for a free, in-home consultation. It’s worth the call, and it will get things moving in the right direction for you.
*A consultation with a window covering specialist is a great way to get the best features for your home. Even though you may not have been in your home for long, they will be able to give you some ideas about the way the sun interacts with your windows based on location and size.
#4 Take your time.
Give yourself grace when you are going through the moving process. When the majority of boxes have been unpacked, and you’re starting to settle in, try not to stress about the house not being ‘put together’ yet. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Some of your decor will find a spot right away, while other pieces won’t go where you felt they should. To make your house a home, take your time to put it together, and you’ll be happier in the end. You might also start to view this move as a chance to refresh your style. Place emphasis on exploring photos on Houzz, or another inspirational site you might like to find what you love.
#5 Invest in technology.
Whether this is your first house, or your seventh, this is the time to embrace smart home technology. Make your house a home with the latest innovations. From thermostats that can be easily adjusted with an app, to controlling your media system from your iPad, home automation is worth considering. Take a look at what home integration systems can do for your home, and explore all of the elements that will add ease and convenience to your life.
*Hunter Douglas has partnered with some of the biggest names in home integration for the ultimate experience. PowerView motorized blinds and shades add upscale function and design to your home.
Make your house a home, and live happily ever after.
If you’ve moved recently, or you just have a project in mind to make your house a home, we’d love to help. At Timan Window Treatments, we know how hard it can be to get things started. Our design experts come to you, for a free in-home consultation, with inspiration and advice. We’ll bring fabric samples and photos that will help you decide what you love. Contact us to get started today!