No matter how beautiful the home, almost no new house is truly fully turn key ready. A few small and simple projects can make your new house feel like home.
When you’re moving, it can feel like there are a million things to do. Adding more items to your to-do list can seem like the last thing you should do. However, putting in the extra effort now will save so much time in the long run and will make your new home clean, beautiful, and comfortable.
7 simple home renovation ideas
1: Deep Clean
The first step to making your new home feel like your own is to clean out the last tenant. Before you move in any of your furniture, clean the entire house –top to bottom.
Vacuum or mop the floors and consider steam cleaning the carpets to lift tough stains, dust the corners and door frames, and bleach the kitchen and bathroom until you feel confident in the cleanliness of the house.
If your budget allows, hiring a professional may be a great option to lighten your workload during this chaotic time and to ensure that the job is done right.
2: Repainting your house
Before moving your furniture in, consider repainting. Some walls may be in more dire need of some TLC than others, so start with those. The benefit of doing this first is that you don’t run any risk of accidentally spraying paint on your beautiful furniture and don’t have to try to paint reaching over any of your furniture.
The right color can really make your home. Do some research and try painting some small samples before committing to a color. This season’s trendy color is dark green, but really any color can work given the right complimentary colors in furniture and decor.
Paint is a wonderfully inexpensive, easy, and impactful change to make in your home. Plus, it makes a great and fun DIY project. Recruit your spouse, kids, and/or friends, put on some music, set out some snacks and drinks, and get to painting.
3: Organize stuff in your home
When you first move in, there are a million things to unpack and put away. It’s easy to leave everything in boxes for months or just to shove things into the closets while you tell yourself it’s just a temporary home, but organizing as you put things away will make it feel as though you’ve lived in your new home for years.
You don’t have to splurge on fancy glass and wicker organizers to be organized; cheap plastic crates, reused closet organizers, and repurposed boxes can suffice.
Just be sure that there’s a method to your madness, dedicate the front hall closet to coats, one by the bedrooms to linens, and put away your kitchen supplies with an eye for practicality.
4: Make Your Bedroom Cozy
Moving can be incredibly stressful, and while you may not feel at home in your new house overnight, having a cozy bedroom to get a good night’s rest in immediately after moving in will make your life a whole lot better.
Make your bed complete with a couple of throw pillows and blankets, hang blackout curtains to make your room nice and dark, unpack your clothes into your dresser or closet, and hang a couple of things on your walls.
There will be plenty of busy days following a big move, make sure that you at least feel at home in your own bedroom. Here are some more ideas on how to make your new house feel like a home after a move.
5: Set Up a Comfortable Living Room
The next most important space in your home is your living room. A place to kick back and relax with family and friends, creating a welcoming living room should be a high priority. There are a number of ways to improve the feel of your living space.
Cleaning and painting are both certainly great places to start followed by getting great furniture, hanging photos and artwork, setting out decor, and opening your new home to your friends and family in a housewarming party.
As the largest item in the room and a place where you’ll hopefully have the chance to spend plenty of free time relaxing and bonding through movies, game nights, and chatting over a glass of wine, your sofa is an incredibly important piece. The style, color, fabric, comfort, size, and price of your sofa can seem like a lot of elements to manage.
Luckily, many people in the past have faced a similar problem. Start your research by checking out this review of the best couches and sofas of the year to help you find the best furniture.
6: Hang Photos and Art
Hanging photos and art will help you to make your space feel more personal and loved. Surround yourself with family photos, art from trips abroad, drawings made by your children, family heirlooms, and any other pieces that you’d like to see everyday and showcase to your guests.
There are no hard and fast rules for hanging things on your wall but there are plenty of tips and tricks. When in doubt, hang a picture or piece of art at average eye level.
For larger, heavier items, putting a heavy duty hook into a stud can add stability and support the larger load. For frames with two hooks a set distance apart, using a dab of toothpaste can help you to transfer a marker of their distance without the need to measure.
7: Have a House warming Party
Now that you’ve cleaned, unpacked, decorated, and rested–it’s finally time to enjoy. Invite over your friends and family and show off your hard work and to let them know that the chaos has died down and you’re ready for visitors once more.
While your new home may not be completely finished, you’ve certainly put in the effort. Consider having a potluck to share the burden of your housewarming party.