Moving into a new house can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few simple ways you can save money from the first day you move into your new home.
Insulate your attic
One of the first things you should do is to insulate your attic. Once you’ve unpacked everything and put your storage items in the attic, you’re much less likely to insulate but remember this: you can save hundreds of dollars a year on your utility bills by simply insulating your attic.
Paint the house white
The best way to accurately pick out furniture, window coverings, paint colors, flooring, etc. is to start with a blank canvas. Paint all your walls white so you’ll get a better idea of where white falls within rooms and how everything looks it its natural state. This may be a chore at first but it can save you from spending thousands of dollars redecorating down the road.
Prioritize areas that should be decorated first
Start with your front door and then walk through your house. The hallways are likely the first thing guests will see. Your kitchen, dining room, and living are likely to be the spaces where you and your guests spend most of your time. As you’re figuring out the best ways to decorate on a budget, concentrate on these high traffic areas first.
Have a plan before you start decorating in earnest
If you just start buying things you want, you may end up with plenty of things you don’t need or can’t use. For example, if you buy blue window coverings only to find a bright orange couch you love, then you’ll likely have to buy new curtains. You don’t need to have everything planned out, but a general plan will help steer you toward pieces that will work together.
Increase the light in your home
One of the cheapest ways you can make your new home look light and airy is to literally make it lighter and airier. Consider adding bright reflective surfaces like mirrored or stainless steel appliances and installing mirrors. Choose bright light bulbs instead of warm ones. Make the best possible use of your curtains by choosing fabrics that let in maximum natural light.