Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tips for Making Your New House a Home

Did you catch the Virtual Tour Across America this summer? If not, I recommend checking it out. We had a lot of great guests who shared about their home states! It's like taking a cross country vacation without ever leaving the comfort of your couch!

The purpose of this tour was to keep you entertained while we went through the somewhat stressful task of moving across the country. I'm excited to announce that we made it safely from California to Michigan and have finally finished the house buying process two months after getting started. The house isn't ready to be shown in its entirety but we will be giving you sneak peeks here and there until we've finished making it a home.

Buying a new house is fun, stressful, and exciting all at the same time. After you finish buying it, the work takes on a new personality as you settle into making the house into a home. Here's just a few of our tips for accomplishing that task.

Change all of the locks.
This was the first thing we did! My parents gave us the recommendation and I'm really glad that we listened. You really have no way of knowing who might have a key to your new house. To avoid unexpected encounters, it's best to change the locks. We did this by simply buying new door knobs at Lowe's when we got our appliances. Extra bonus? New knobs can give the doors a slight face lift!

Clean everything!
I'm not even exaggerating when I say everything! I have been on a deep cleaning spree around our house. I've been using several different natural combinations to get the place as clean as can be. I'll definitely be sharing more tips for this one in the future - including which items to clean and what products I recommend! If you can, clean the house before you bring in your furniture. Since we have to wait on household goods delivery, this is working out perfectly for us.

Paint the walls.
An easy way to give your home a facelift is painting the walls or switching out the carpet. A little color can go a long way in making the house feel more like a home.

Have a favorite flower? Enjoy growing your own food? Changing the outside to meet your wants and needs is another easy way to make the house feel more like a home.

Add your family and stuff.
Moving in your stuff and your family can certainly make the place feel like home. After all, isn't home where the heart is?

Get a pet (or move your furry friend in).
Okay, this one's not necessary but it can definitely help make the house feel more like home. We adopted a dog from the shelter right away. We're both dog people and we've missed having a furry friend around. Our new friend, Mr. Gibbs, was ready to come home with us the day after we closed on the house. We'll be sharing more pictures and his story later but for now, you can check him out on our Instagram page.

These are just a few of the things we're doing to our new house to make it feel more like a home. What are the first things you update in a new house? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with us? We'd love to hear them in the comments below! After all, this is the first home that we've actually owned.

P.S. If you want to see our work in progress, we're slowly sharing pictures on our Instagram page!



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