There is nothing more exciting than purchasing a new house and making it your own. But it can take time to settle in.
A quarter of Sainsbury’s shoppers asked in their survey (26%) said it takes time and money to settle in with nearly a third (29%) spending £5,000 or more on their properties in their first year of owning a new home.
Creating that ‘home-feel’ is quicker in a new build as opposed to older properties
New builds are often spacious, open-plan and can be tailored to your specifications, which means creating a homely feeling can be quicker because of newly installed fixtures and fittings and the blank canvas that is immediately ready for a personalised stamp.
What else creates that warm and homely feeling? Typical activities mentioned in the survey include: displaying pictures and photographs (52%), installing a new kitchen or bathroom (21%) and painting the walls (18%). Other key milestones for feeling at home include hosting friends or family for the first time (30%) and unpacking the final box (29%).
Tips on turning your house into a home on budget
If you’re running low on funds:
- Be inspired: Start creating Pinterest boards and follow bloggers to gather ideas on how to decorate your new home on a budget.
- Quick wins: If you’re exhausted after moving, think about the quick wins that will have an immediate impact on how homely your property feels, such as putting up lampshades and adding throws to a sofa.
- Add some greenery: Grow some plants or herbs in your kitchen to boost the vibrancy of your new home.
- Say hello to your neighbours: Feeling part of the community from the get-go will provide you with more positive associations with your home.