When you move into a new home, you may need to renovate a few things before you haul in your furniture and appliances. When you rent a home, all the responsibilities of homeownership fall on the landlord. If something needs repair before you move in, you must ask them to take care of it. And if you don’t approve of the decor, you may not have much say in how to change it, even if you have a long lease.
However, after you’ve decided to make the move from renting to owning, things are different. It’s now entirely up to you to take a careful look around to see what you need to repair or renovate before you settle in.
If the house did not need any significant repairs when you bought it, the four areas that you may want to renovate are the walls, floors, kitchen, and garden. While there may be nothing wrong with any of these from a structural or functional point of view, they probably reflect the former owners’ preferences rather than your own aesthetic sensibilities.
Let’s take a closer look at some renovations you may want to consider when moving into a new home.
Do You Need to Change the Floors?
You don’t have to settle for the flooring you have in the house right now. It might be worth spending the money to upgrade the floors because changing them will change the look and feel of the entire house. If you don’t like the current flooring, then do a search for general flooring contractors near you to find one to install new flooring materials. For instance, if the house currently has bland vinyl flooring, you might prefer hardwood or carpeting.
Do You Need to Paint the Walls?
The previous owner may not have painted the walls according to your taste. Perhaps you have a clear idea about what colors you would prefer, or maybe you need to reflect on what colors you’d like. When trying to decide on the best colors for every room, one framework to make the right decision is to use color psychology. What colors reflect the moods that you would like to have when at home? Specifically, what kind of mood do you want to feel when you walk into a particular room? Do you want to feel calm in some rooms and energized in others? Perhaps, for example, you’d like to feel calm in the master bedroom but energized in your home office. In that case, select cooler colors, like purple, blue, or green, for the bedroom and warm colors, like yellow or orange, for the home office.
Do You Need to Redesign the Kitchen?
If you dislike the layout of the kitchen, then you may want to invest in kitchen remodeling to create things the way you would like it to be. You may only need a few changes to improve the functionality of the kitchen, such as changing a few fixtures, the wiring, plumbing, or HVAC. Conversely, if you love to cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then consider designing and planning a structurally different kitchen. However, be aware that if you decide to hire a contractor to demolish the existing structure, you must prepare to live without a kitchen for an uncomfortably long time while the contractor goes to work.
Do You Need to Enhance Curb Appeal?
You might also want to enhance the curb appeal of your new home. Although the front yard may already be attractive, you might not like it. When redesigning your landscape, the garden should reflect the design of your home. So, for instance, if your house has a country look, then pick a cottage-style garden; or if your house has modern architecture, then a minimalist approach might be more suitable.
In closing, remember that you don’t have to make all these renovations as soon as you move in. You might decide to make a few changes now and then do the rest later. It might be important to renovate the color of the walls and the type of flooring right away and deal with the landscape later.