Personalizing Your Home - 4 Strategies
Rick & Rick Strohm, Jr.
September 21, 2011
As I've stated before, buying a home in today's real estate market is A LOT of work! When you purchase a home, there are probably several things you might want to change/remodel. Here are some strategies that can help you personalize your home to suit your needs/tastes:1. Paint.
One of the most cost-effective ways personalize your home and to create the feel you want is by painting your living space. Several studies have shown that color choices can have an impact on the mood of your home's residents. There are several ways you can personalize your property:
- Interior. Your goal should be to match colors to a rooms purpose. For example, a bedroom should have a sense of peace and relaxation. Bathroom walls should read "clean" and living areas should be warm and energizing!
- Exterior. The quickest way to change your home's look is to paint the exterior. Repainting your home can make a massive change to it's appearance and curb appeal.
- Front door, fences and shutters. Suppose you purchased a home with a fresh paint job, you might want to consider just painting the front door to give your home a "personal" touch. Painting the shutters, fences and eaves will accent your contrasting color of your choice - this is relatively inexpensive and can make your home look like...well, you!
2. Inventory. I am referring to your "stuff" before you unpack. Many people these days are purchasing smaller home to help manage their cost of ownership, even if you're not moving into a smaller home you have the opportunity to customize your living area before you unpack.
Who knows, maybe you would rather the dining room table to be in the office area of the home so that you'd have a workspace for the children to do their homework. The home is yours! You can do whatever you'd like with your living space. My suggestion would be to make a diagram of your "empty" living area and draw out where you want your pieces of furniture before you start moving in and cluttering the area.
3. Organization. Organizers are awesome! Here are a few that I suggest:
- Closet organizers
- Window seats
- Pantry organizers (shelves), spinners & drawers
- Medicine cabinets
- Linen cabinets
4. Match Your Spaces. Make sure that you match your furniture to your living areas/spaces. Think about what you did not like in your last home? Maybe you should have had your sofa in another room, because you spent more time in there watching TV. Or a chair that would have been better in your bedroom than the living room, because you read more in your bedroom. Keep that in mind when you're unpacking and arranging the furniture in your new home. This will make your living area just the way you want it!
Hopefully you found these four strategies useful. If you have any questions just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And remember RickStrohm.com - Smoky Mountain Properties is the #1 source for real estate news, searching the MLS and the most knowledgeable Realtors© in the Smoky Mountain of North Carolina!