New homes are blank canvases. They are often made solid and give you an excellent framework to start with, but they are devoid of personality and creativity. This isn’t a mistake, however. New homes are specifically designed to be as flat in terms of design as possible so that potential buyers can imagine themselves on the walls and the potential in the design.
While most new homes are move-in ready, it is important to remember that to truly make that new property yours; you are going to want to invest in a few essential home updates:
You can easily tell a home that hasn’t been lived in long or invested in by what kind of curtain or shade is in the window. If the paper shade was installed as a temporary solution by the builders, then the owners are most certainly new.
That is why one of the first updates you should always make for your home is by installing curtains or shutters. If you can swing it, always get them custom-measured. You can get truly stunning window treatments like reclaimed wood shutters for your home and have them fitted perfectly.
Builder finishes are rudimentary and plain. Taps, door handles, cupboard handles, and even the trimming is going to be simple and basic. However, to claim your home as yours, you are going to want to change these out. The good news? Most of these switches are easy to do and can even be done on your own. You just need to find the right size and replace the items like handles or even your taps once you have your replacements.
Some finishes won’t be easy to replace and will need to be retrofitted, but that is okay! You can bring in a plumber or an electrician to do the job and have it done in a day.
One of the first things that people (rightfully) do when they move into a new home is to repaint. You may need to wait a few months while the building settles if it is that new, but eventually, painting is going to become an option for you. Take the time to choose the right color scheme, and remember that it isn’t just pain that can transform your walls. Wallpaper and even paneling are also great options to add new design elements and interest throughout your home.
Your home is going to be on a very plain piece of land. Landscaping is, therefore, one of the biggest things that you can do for your curb appeal and your quality of life in your new property. You don’t need to hire a landscaper either and can instead slowly build up your outdoor design season after season.
To help, try to focus first on the framing. The corners of your property are easier to fill and then work from than trying to start in the middle. Of course, if you do want an outdoor dining area or custom walk-up, then a landscaper is a must.