Now that you’ve done the hard work to get in to your new home – securing a good mortgage, finding the right home insurance, moving in… now it’s time to get to decorating! But where do you start?
It is always a good idea to make a plan before you just go and buy materials. There is an old carpenter’s adage that states “Measure twice, cut once.” It makes sense. Being prepared (even over-prepared) can really help save you time and money.
The first thing you should do is decide on a budget you can work with. Do some window shopping to find out what things cost these days. Once you have a good idea, you can decide on how much you are willing to pay for your household project. Remember to add in the costs of everything including labor, materials, extra materials, and those materials you might not think you will need. Basically, give yourself a larger budget than you think you will need, but don’t break your bank.
Once you know how much you have to spend, find the perfect materials to fit your budget. If you are planning a painting project, you may think that buying a cheaper brand of paint is the way to go. On the contrary, you may find that buying a more expensive brand will actually save you money in the long run. Most cheaper brands require more than one coat to look good. The more expensive brands usually spread easier and require fewer coats. So you might be spending more per gallon, but you won’t have to buy as many gallons.
Hopefully your home DIY projects turn out exactly how you want them. If not, don’t worry. You do have just about 30 years to make your new place into a home, right?