After purchasing a new home, you may be overwhelmed with deciding where to start in order to make your home your own.

When you first move into that new home, and you take a seat to look at your new surroundings, you may find yourself thinking “what now?”. There are 1000s of directions you can take with your home improvement and interior design, however, after purchasing a house, your wallet could be yearning for a bit of a break.

If this is your first house, it’s definitely a good idea to give yourself several months before you begin remodelling anything so you have a chance to gauge exactly how you want the house to function. If it isn’t your first house, it’s still a good idea to take some time to reflect on your old house and what potential your new house holds before you dive into remodelling.

That being said, there are some initial home improvements that every home owner should consider out of: necessity, low-cost, and ease. Here are 5 home improvements to invest in soon after moving into your new home.

Privacy

Your first impression to your new neighbours shouldn’t be a slip up in front of your open windows. Investing in privacy for your new home could include relatively lower cost interior items like drapes or blinds, or more expensive exterior installation like fences and hedging. Your exterior privacy installations don’t have to be an immediate investment, especially if it requires a conversation with your neighbour prior to the build, but the need for privacy when living inside your home may arise within the first week.

PRIVACY

 

Safety

The last thing you want for your new home is the threat of a break-in or emergency. One of the first thing you should invest in is safekeeping your home. Depending on your neighbourhood, the lengths to keep your home break-in proof will vary. Products to consider include: security systems and a security service provider, deadbolts, door latches, and locks. For your indoor home safety, and to be up to building code, you have to have functioning smoke detectors in the house (make sure to test them), and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the house.

SECURITY

 

Care & Maintenance

This category isn’t much of a home improvement in itself, but these investments will help you improve the longevity and appearance of your home in the long run. Don’t forget to budget for appliances that will help you in the upkeep of your home, like a lawnmower, ladder, and tools.

CARE

 

Colour

Once you feel comfortable in your home, you can begin taking action on your plans for personalizing your home. The majority of new homes are going to be decked out with the basic paint job; white walls. When you’re settling into your home, start picking out colours based on any inspiration shots you’ve come across, or the furniture you have in your home. Painting can be a low-cost, DIY project that can transform the feeling of your home.

COLOUR

 

Easy Design Details

Big ticket decorative items or renovations may be off-limit right off the bat when you’re new to your home. A more low cost investment to spark some personality into your new home involves small details and fixtures. This includes: stylish hardware (eg. knobs and pulls for cabinetry), light fixtures, and bathroom/kitchen fixtures (eg. faucet). Investing in these items can help your home look more “designed”, and can be the first step towards realizing your interior design goals.

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What were your first home improvements when you moved into your new home?

The Greater Toronto Builders team has a network of professionals to take care of your project from concept to completion. Contact us today hear more about how our project design consultants can help you or to book a free consultation contact us at 647 35 BUILD or email us at hello@greatertorontobuilders.com

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Privacy

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Security

Care & Maintenance

Colour

  • http://www.insideoutcolouranddesign.com.au/choosing-paint/
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Easy Design Details

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