One of the first questions you might have when you move into your new house is how you can make it look like the home you just left? The new place seems so empty with no color or personality. It’s easier to add personality when your new house isn’t full of furniture and boxes. So before moving day, why not try these four tips for making the new place feel like you’ve always lived there?
Paint, Add New Flooring, And Lights
Nothing says cheerful and personal, like a fresh coat of paint. Don’t feel shy about splashing on some color, either. The old neutral standbys of white, beige, and gray are things of the past. Trending now are bright blue, dark green, sunny yellow, dark red, the pink of flowers, and any shade of purple. Trim and window frames are being painted stark, bright white.
If you aren’t a fan of carpet, rip it out. Trending today is engineered wood, luxury vinyl tiles, and laminate. These have the look of hardwood or natural stone without the tendency to warp or crack. They’re easier to clean and most even last the life of the house.
Not a fan of the lighting? Switch it out for something jazzy and new. Have flush mount ceiling lights wired into the rooms. Hang a couple chandeliers, mount wall sconces, and install track lighting or recessed cans for ambient lighting. Put in extra electrical outlets, too, for the lamps and electronics. Remember to get one or two with USB ports.
Change Your Address with The Post Office
Aren’t you glad you went to the downtown Erie post office to change your address? Now your family, friends, and business associates will know your new address and can visit. You’ll want the following to know your new address, too:
- The DMV for your driving license
- The IRS and Social Security
- Banking, loans, credit cards, and investments
- Utilities, phone, cable, and TV
- Doctors of any type
Since a lot of life today is carried on online, it would be a good idea after you hit the downtown Erie post office to hit the Internet. Your shopping sites like Amazon and eBay will need your new address, as will any work you do online.
Clean Your Home Inside and Out
Now that the new place is painted, new flooring has been put in, and you’ve updated the lighting, it’s time to give it a deep clean and check out its systems. If you have to hire someone to come in to clean, they could clean while you’re working on the systems. Check that the breaker box works as well as the sump pump. Call someone to service the HVAC system, the plumbing, and the wiring.
Keep the new place clean of pests, too. Call a pest control company to check out the outside of the home and treat the inside to prevent their entry.
Add Personal Touches
Family portraits, paintings, sculpture, plants, and candles all add touches of personality to a room. Don’t be afraid to be whimsical, humorous, or totally out of the box. It’s about interest and personality, after all.
Making a new living space reflect your character and personality is fun to do. These four tips will help you make your new house feel like home.