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As exciting as moving into a new house or apartment is, it usually takes some time for people to adjust and actually start feeling comfortable. Even after you unpack and decorate, there’s still that feeling of new and unknown that tends to stick around for some time. However, with some effort and a couple of smart additions, you can make the transition much easier. So, if you could use a couple of tips on how to turn your new place into a home, here are six suggestions you should consider. 

Clean it thoroughly

Before you start decorating your home, make sure to clean it as thoroughly as you can. This includes using disinfectants, bug sprays (just in case), baking soda, and whatever else you usually use for cleaning. It’s an especially important step if somebody else had lived in the place you’re moving into. This way, you’d feel like you’re actually getting a fresh start, both literally and metaphorically. Plus, it’s also a good way to actually get to know every corner of your new home.

Decorate with items from your previous home

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Assuming that you’ve had a home before, whether it was your childhood home or the place before the current one, you probably have some idea of what made it feel homey. Of course, you can never recreate that feeling completely, but you can add to your new home a few items that remind you of your old home. It can be anything from a couple of family photos to a few gorgeous vintage rugs that bring you back to your carefree childhood days whenever you step on them. Having such items and carrying them with you can make any new place feel a bit more like home right away. 

Get a pet

If you’re moving into a new place on your own, you might feel uneasy precisely because you are alone. Therefore, you should consider getting a pet. Of course, a dog is definitely the most engaging choice, but it’s not the only one. If your new home is a bit smaller, or if you don’t have that much free time, you can opt for something easier to take care of, like a cat or a parrot. A pet is bound to make you feel cozier because you would have somebody to talk to and share this new experience with. Not to mention that most pets are also great “alarms” when something seems off. And there are few things that make a home as welcoming as a being greeted by somebody who is happy to see you. 

Install alarms

Speaking of alarms, if the new place in question is a house, you should definitely have a good security system. There are many different types of alarms on the market, some of which can also be controlled remotely. Additionally, if you combine your alarm system with good lighting fixtures and a few security cameras that you can access via your phone, your home is much less likely to become a target for burglars.

Secure the doors

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This might sound surprising, but more than a third of all burglars actually enter homes through the front door. So, make sure your front door is not the easiest point of entry. The frames should be strong, the hinges should be well protected, and your lock should not be easy to pick. With that in mind, you should also consider upgrading your lock system – you could opt for some of the quality smart locks, and you should also install a deadbolt. Moreover, if you have any sliding glass doors, make sure they cannot be forced open or broken – at least not without you knowing about it. 

Add some extra light

Lighting is very often overlooked, but it can make a huge difference. The thing is, you’re not going to feel very cozy in a home that has bad or fluorescent lighting. So, opt for brighter lights, and let in as much natural light as you can in order to make your home livelier. Spice it up with some decorative lighting, like string lights and candles, which can instantly make your home cozier. You can also install dimmers, so you can control the brightness of the lights and set the right atmosphere for whatever you’re doing. Finally, don’t forget to light up your exterior as well, and not just because of the visual effect but to deter burglars as well. 

 

Making your home feel safer and cozier can take some time. However, there are things you can do to warm up the atmosphere in your home and actually make it feel like one faster. So, consider the listed ideas, apply them to your new place, and it’s bound to feel like home in no time.

* Guest Post by Sienna Penfold

Buying a property is a big step, and prior to making such a step, you need to do extensive amount of research in order to avoid possible risks. Since foreign investors are bound by a government policy prescribing that they can purchase only new properties, those properties are usually of great interest, and, therefore, at a high price, which means that you can end up paying a sizeable amount of money. You can avoid this by opting for purchasing an existing property, however, in either case, you need to research the market thoroughly in order to make an informed decision.

Forming the Image

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Prior to starting your research, you need to know exactly what you want, which means that you should try to form an image of the property in your mind. This can help you be more efficient in your research, because you can immediately focus on the real estate that is of interest to you, rather than wasting your time or energy on something irrelevant. You can do this by asking yourself some questions that will help you form a clearer picture; for example, “do I need a house or a flat?”, “how many bedrooms do I need?”, and “in which part of the city would I like to buy a property?

Setting the Budget

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When determining what you can afford, you need to be as realistic and objective as possible. You can consider taking out a loan, but make sure to consider every factor there is, including the interest rate, the mortgage, etc. Consulting a realtor, mortgage broker or a bank can be helpful, but keep in mind that it’s in their interest to have you get the biggest mortgage or the most expensive house. The higher the price of your house, the greater percentage they are paid. Therefore, be honest with yourself and try to figure out how much you can spend on a monthly basis for your new house.

Determining the Area

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Another important aspect to be considered is the area where you want to purchase a property. Start by making a list of suburbs and then try to get as much useful information as possible that might affect your decision. You should look up the taxes for each suburb you are interested in, find out what the taxes cover or when they are due, and make sure to pay attention to school taxes, since they can be quite expensive. Additionally, check out the local statistics, including demographics and crime estimates, consider whether the community is growing, and talk to the neighbours, since they can give you valuable information about the area. Finally, don’t forget to research the schools in each area. If you have children, you need to know about the program, the distance from your home, the graduation rate, etc. On the other hand, if you don’t have children, this is an important aspect to be considered, since it affects the value of your property.

Where to Look?

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Traditionally, you would look up properties in the real estate sections of newspapers and magazines, and this is still a viable option. However, the technological advances have made it possible for you to obtain even more data via the Internet, that is, by checking numerous real estate websites. Additionally, online real estate applications have lately had an important role in researching the market, enabling you to find your dream house while you’re on the move. You can read the full article to find out more about real estate apps that best suite your needs. Remember, it’s important to cover as much ground as possible, so using all resources available is of utmost importance.

Conducting thorough research is a prerequisite for making an informed decision when buying a property. Such a big step comes with a lot of risks, so make sure to do everything you can to minimise them and maximise the benefits.