How to Make a New House Feel Like Home
Congratulations! Whether this is your first place on your own, your first time owning, or a new home for you and your family, you’re finally moving in to your new house! Or at least, you keep calling it a house, because it just doesn’t feel like yours. Not yet, anyway. How long does it take to make a new house feel like home? Three months? A year? What does it take to make a new house feel like home? The truth may be, it could take weeks. It could take your own furniture or just putting up some art work. It might take until the next spring when you can get the landscaping work you imagined when you first saw the house completed. All in all, it takes the right efforts to fix up the house to turn it into the home you’ve dreamed of. Many new homeowners aren’t sure where to start! Here’s our recommended steps to make your new house feel like home quickly, with less stress!
Tackle Big Projects First
Feeling comfortable in a new house is nearly impossible with partially finished drywall and missing ceilings, or worse, a major unfinished renovation to be done! Leaving a section of a home blocked off for a long period of time can be a huge stress. Getting these projects completed first will be a big relief for you and a large step forward in making a new house feel like home. These big projects will include things like opening up a floor plan, replacing flooring, remodeling kitchens and baths, or renovating a master suite. If possible, it’s best to have these types of renovations and repairs completed before you move in to your new home.
Unless you’re a renovation expert or a contractor, you’ll need to hire a professional. The New Home Collective team here in central Kentucky is more than happy to connect you with some of the best contractors in Greater Lexington Area. We’ve worked with many excellent professionals who are ready to provide you with top notch customer service, quality work, and fair prices. Reach out to one of our team members for more information to find a contractor that can help with any projects to help make your new house feel like home! Always ask for not just price estimates, but the estimated time the job will take the contractor to complete, to make sure you’ll be on budget and moving in on time.
Small DIY Projects
As for projects you can handle yourself, there are a number of them that will help you feel more connected to your new home! Basics, such as repainting bedrooms and adding accent walls in the main living areas, quickly liven up your new space. Adding a back splash to basic kitchens or updating the hardware and drawer pulls on your kitchen cabinets is another easy DIY task that can change the look of your kitchen to meet your own tastes.
Don’t forget the projects you can add to your yard and garden. From changing your mailbox to adding lights along your walkway, fresh mulch and some new plants in the garden, you’ll have a connection and pride in the changes that have helped make your new house feel like home!
Add Your Own History
Placing personal items and photos of your family on walls will help make your new house feel like home in no time. It will add a feeling of continuity and bring your life into the house despite being in a new place! Even if the rugs, throw pillows and blankets, or curtains you had at your last place aren’t the best fit in your new home, try putting them up here if you don’t have replacements for them yet. They’ll help the transition and add sentiment.
Other things you’ll want in sight at your new home will be any books, gifts, or other heirlooms that have meaning to you.
Explore the Neighborhood
Whether you’re new to the area or not, taking a drive, bike ride, or a walk will help you gather your bearings and find new routes. Keep a look out for practical things, like grocery stores, gas stations, and banks and things you’ll want to check out, like restaurants, bars, or coffee shops. It’s also a good way to potentially meet any neighbors if the weather is nice and they’re also out and about!
While you’re exploring, be sure to introduce yourself to anyone you meet. In fact, it may be easier if you’re already planning the next suggestion we have. You can even invite them right away…
Throw a Housewarming Party!
Housewarming parties are not only great ways to break the ice with neighbors and show your family and friends your new place, but it’s a great way to officially announce that this house is your home! You can ask neighbors for advice on local specialties if you want to cater things in from different areas. You can have a pot luck, a BYOB policy or try making a house specialty drink… It’s your housewarming, you throw it how you want it.
Seeing your friends, family, acquaintances all having fun and getting to relax at your new place, you’ll finally feel at home!
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Written by the NHC Team