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Decorating tips for first time home buyers

Decorating your first home

So you’ve just moved into your first home!  It’s been a long and complicated process, but now you can finally look around and see a home that YOU own and a ‘sold’ stuck in the front yard.  It can be overwhelming to think about all the different options you have for home decorating, but don’t jump into it to fast!  You might have a Pinterest board chalked full of DIY home decorating projects and magazine-worthy furniture arrangements, but that does NOT mean you are ready to go shop till’ you drop for matching furniture sets and abstract art pieces.  Here are some things to keep in mind when you begin decorating your new home!

1.    Secondhand is Okay!
If you are short on cash (after all, you did just make the biggest purchase of your life so far!) don’t be hesitant to look for your furniture and decorations secondhand first.  Check out local thrift stores, yard sales, and websites like Craigslist where you can find plenty of decorative and functional pieces for your home that are affordable too.   Goodwill and other second-hand thrift stores have great deals on furniture and your town may even have a Habitat For Humanity Re-Store where you can find deals on renovation materials (like flooring, cabinets, doors and windows).  Plus, the proceeds go right back to Habitat for Humanity, so you are helping people just like you buy a home when they otherwise couldn’t afford it.
Buying your big items secondhand will save you money now, but it will save you money in the long run because your tastes will likely change over time.
2. Accept Gifts!
Often times, when you buy your first home, well-meaning friends and relatives will get so excited for you they will want to give you their old furniture and other items.   If you are offered something that you don’t love, your first instinct may be to decline the offer right away, but think about some of the things you could do yourself to change it into something that looks good in your new space.  Even if you’re not exactly a DIY expert, you can reupholster an old sofa or re-paint a chipped dresser.  Learning to take a piece of used furniture and redesign it to reflect your taste will not only save you money, it will also add character to your home and make it feel more personal.
3.  Don’t Rush!
If you try to buy everything at once, you may find that the things you thought would need the most are rarely used and things that you thought you could do without are necessary.  Wait until a few months after you move before making big purchases.  Sometimes you will find that you use your living space in a totally different way then you expected to.
3.    Paint!
With a little paint you can make mismatched furniture match, you can change the entire ‘feel’ of a room, you can tie random-seeming pieces together, and you can brighten up the whole area.  Plus, it is really inexpensive! Something people don’t usually consider is just painting an accent wall.  It’s much easier if you lack the time or patience to do an entire room, and it’s easier to change if you get bored.
4.    Try things differently!
Move your furniture around often, change up the design, and try simply arranging the decorations a little differently.  You don’t have to renovate the entire room in order for it to be comfortable to you.  Often times a room that doesn’t work one way can function perfectly when you change it up just a little bit.

Don’t freak out if you don’t find ‘your style’ right away.  It takes a while to find what works for you.  Take your time, look into different options, and don’t be afraid to take a chance on something that you’re not 100% sure about.  Good Luck!

If you are looking for a new house, call our team today; our buyers’ agents are ready and willing to help you find the perfect home!

Arica Song and Jim Mitchell
Song Real Estate


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