So, we’re in the final stages of a renting process, and I’m SO close to getting a house with my boyfriend. It’s exciting as it will be our first home together. The house we’ve gone for is super spacious, and the landlord is more than happy for us to give it a bit of TLC. So, what do you do when the house isn’t yours for keeps, but you still want to be able to put a little bit of your personality into it? Moving out of your parents home, or that shared rented house or student accommodation and into one you can call your ‘own’ is an incredible feeling. I’ve done it before, but this time, I have higher hopes, and more of an understanding. However, you might find that when you move in, it’s a bit underwhelming. When it’s your first home, whether buying it or renting it, you may not be able to afford the perfect house. On your budget, you’re going to need to put a lot of work into your new place but you will be able to eventually make it into the house that you imagined when you first moved in. Check out these great tips to help you make your new house everything you always wanted it to be.
Upgrade Your Facilities
When you move into a cheaper home, a lot of the main features of the house might need a little upgrading. It’s an investment but it can save you money in the long-term. Get in touch with companies like Buckingham Double Glazing and get some new windows put in. It will be a bit of an investment but over the years, it will massively save you money on your electricity bill. It might also be worth putting a new boiler in because, although it’s not broken yet, an old one is likely to need replacing at some point and it can catch you off guard if it suddenly breaks and you don’t have the money. There are some things of course, as renters, that your landlord will be able to sort out of course, but there may well be things that are only cosmetic, and therefore it’s up to you and with your landlord’s permission of course, on whether you want to invest.
Use Second-Hand Furniture
Filling the house with a load of brand new furniture is not only expensive but also it isn’t necessary. You can easily get loads of great stuff second-hand. Search charity shops and antique shops and you should be able to find lots of brilliant furniture for next to nothing. Always check the quality of the furniture thoroughly before you buy, but remember, it doesn’t have to be completely perfect. Look for furniture that has potential because you’ll need to refurbish it a little but it’s worth the effort for the money that you’ll save. There are so many different blogs and websites out there that have handy tips. From giving second hand furniture a lick of paint, or adding cushions etc, there are many ways you can inject a little of your personality into your home without breaking the bank!
Take What You Can Get
As soon as you tell people that you’re moving into your first house, they’ll be dying to give you a load of their old stuff. Often, this is just an excuse to offload some of their old junk, but don’t decline the offer straight away. You won’t realise how much stuff you actually need until you move in and you’ll be kicking yourself a few months down the line when you need that set of plates that your auntie offered you. Take what you can get while the offer is there, if you find that you don’t need it then you can just take it to the charity shop or give it to somebody else that’s moving into a new house.
Don’t Do Too Much
Your first home is probably only going to be temporary. Personally, I am a big fan of renting. It is an easy and stress free way of working out your finances, living independently, and working out if you can even live with your partner without killing them, haha. If we get this house, I am happy to stay in it for as long as we’re allowed to, while still keeping an eye on the fluctuation property market for buyers. In a few years, when you start earning more or begin to think about starting a family, you may well make the leap from renting to buying, or if you’ve bought a smaller budget house, you’ll be moving somewhere else. If you start spending huge amounts doing up your original house, it’ll all be wasted when you move out. It’s better to make cheap fixes that make the house liveable and maybe save up all of that extra cash to spend when you move into somewhere more permanent!