Aiming For Comfort As A First-Time Buyer*
Aiming For Comfort As A First-Time Buyer
Buying your first home is one of the most exciting periods in your life. Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ home for the first time or transitioning from tenancy to ownership doesn’t matter. This is the start of a new and exciting chapter in which you have complete control.
Nevertheless, it can be a very stressful time in your life too. Therefore, it’s imperative that you enter the process with your priorities in good order. When it comes to unlocking the full potential of your first home, you should remember that comfort is king.
Regardless of what stage you’re at, it’s never too early to know what you need. Here are six ways to ensure that the home provides the comfortable atmosphere you deserve.
#1. Buy The Right Type Of Property
A little TLC goes a long way when attempting to build a positive home environment. Nonetheless, you cannot ignore the need to find the right property first. First and foremost, you want to move to the right location. But there’s still a number of other elements to consider.
If you’re looking to focus on comfort, you’ll want to embrace traditional values but with a modern twist. A townhouse is the perfect type of property to encourage this. Utilise the stairs, hallways, and comfy rooms to create the desired vibe that will make you smile time and time again.
Before even looking at properties, you should make a list of what matters to you. Whether it’s a home office, a big kitchen, or a garden, your home should tick the boxes. Or at the very least, there should be the opportunity to develop the property yourself.
#2. Keep Your Finances In Good Health
Whether dealing with your home or any other aspect of life, removing stress is a key step to finding the comfort you deserve. Given that money is the biggest source of stress known to anybody, keeping an eye on your finances is key.
When buying a property, it’s important to remember that the price you agree on isn’t the only cost. Other expenses include stamp duty, other taxes, legal fees, and survey costs. As a first-time buyer, it may be possible to waive the stamp duty. Even so, those extra costs will amount to thousands.
Buying a property that you cannot afford won’t only cause immediate problems for your finances. It’ll also prevent you from making the interior design upgrades that are needed to create a comfortable living space.
#3. Make The Bedroom A Priority
Once you’ve bought the home and moved in, you’ll want to make it feel homely. Then again, it’s easy to forget that you’ll spend at least one-third of your days asleep in bed. The quality of rest will influence everything from your energy levels to your looks, which is why the bedroom must shine.
There’s nothing wrong with adding most home furniture as and when you can, but the bed cannot wait. The wrong choice of mattress can impact your sleep, posture, and general well being in a bad way. If there’s only one purchase that deserves your full attention, this is it.
The bedroom surroundings should focus on promoting sleep too. While a TV and a dressing table may be common features, the main features include lighting and curtains. Above all else, you need the space to feel uncluttered while embracing a comfortable room temperature.
#4. Get Security Under Lock & Key
The home will become your castle, which is why it should keep you safe at all times. Unfortunately, it cannot do this unless you learn to protect it first. Fail to do this, and the knowledge that you are still in a vulnerable position is sure to haunt you.
External lighting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the situation. Still, installing security cameras and alarms should be on the agenda too. These deterrents should stop thieves from trying to enter the home. If they persist, you’ll have the evidence needed to prosecute.
As a new homeowner, you may want to consider changing the door and window locks too. While the likelihood of someone having access to the old keys is small, it’s always better to be safe than sorry in these situations.
#5. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
There are several rooms that can claim to be the most important in your home. However, it’s the bathroom that allows you to relax like no other. Likewise, it is the place that enables you to make yourself feel human once more. Learn to embrace it.
An ultra comfortable bathroom gives you a personal sanctuary to escape from the struggles and stresses of modern life. Turn it into a home spa, and you’ll always have a place to relax in style. In most cases, this upgrade will add value to the property too.
The bathroom additionally plays a significant role in terms of storage. Finding extra space by hanging coat hangers behind the door or utilising the space above and below the sink is essential. Avoid the clutter in this room, and you shouldn’t have many problems doing it elsewhere.
#6. Embrace The Sense Of Ownership
Spoiler alert: it’ll take years for you to perfect the home. But this doesn’t mean you should accept defeat. Stamping your authority on the property is what makes a house a home. While it’s great to take inspiration from others, copying someone else’s dream will stop you from realising yours.
The easiest ways to embrace your tastes include changing the colour scheme and using accessories to your advantage. When supported by family photos and other personal touches, you should find that the home feels like it belongs to you. This is a major breakthrough for any homeowner.
This is a particularly important message when thinking about the functional elements. If there are any small tech additions that can boost your feelings towards the home by making your life a little easier, embrace them. Ultimately, if the home makes you happy, that’s all that truly matters.
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