Moving can be a stressful and emotional time, and it’s easy to focus on the negatives of moving as things get busy. Yet moving also offers new opportunities, too. One opportunity worth embracing is the chance to turn your new home into a place you love, even if you’re on a budget.
Break out the Paint
Few things can transform a space like a fresh coat of paint. The colors you choose don’t just cover up marks on the wall. They actually have the power to revolutionize the lightness (or darkness) of a room and change how you feel when you’re in it.
If you don’t have money to repaint your whole space before you move in, concentrate on the bedroom, living room, or kitchen. These are high-value rooms where people spend the majority of their time. The right color in the bedroom might even improve your sleep.
Snazz up the Window Treatments
This is another way to bring about big change with just a little effort. Window treatments do more than block light. They can serve as artwork in and of themselves or add color to an otherwise dull room. They can make big rooms feel smaller and make small rooms feel more spacious. Some types of window treatments, such as plantation shutters, will also seriously improve the resale value of your home.
Make the Front Porch Beautiful
The front porch is the first thing you see when you come home, and it’s also important to your home’s curb appeal. It’s fast and easy to make this small area feel like it’s truly yours, and pretty soon that inspiration will spread to the rest of the house.
You can freshen up your front porch by repainting the front door, adding a wreath, putting a couple potted plants about, or throwing down a new welcome mat. If you’ve got the room, you could even add a chair or outdoor couch with some throw pillows. Just make it feel inviting and in keeping with your style.
Get Some Cleaners
Wherever you move, your new landlord or the home’s previous owner will likely have cleaned it first. This cleaning might not be very deep though, and you’ll feel a lot better about your space if you hire professionals to steam-clean any carpets or furniture.
If budget is a big concern, it’s possible to negotiate a deeper cleaning with owners or a landlord, especially if there’s any smell of pets or smoke in the place. Check your contract or closing documents before you sign.
Save Some Energy for Moving In
Moving out is hard work, and it’s easy to get so exhausted that you give up on trying to improve your new home. If you want to make your new space a welcoming home, you have to conserve strength to put into it.
As you move out, don’t try to do everything yourself. It might seem cost-effective, but in the end it’s often a false economy. Hiring cheap movers will save angst and effort, freeing you to concentrate on more important things.
Also, don’t forget to give yourself some “me” time and eat and sleep properly during your move. Get a massage, take a walk, and get to bed on time. Then you’ll have strength and emotional energy to invest in making your new home a place you’ll love.
A new space needs to truly be your space. Take care of yourself as you move out so you have emotional energy to work on moving in. Then see how a bit of cleaning, a splash of paint, and a new window treatment can do wonders for your new place and inspire you to make even bigger changes. Put in a bit of effort now and soon you’ll truly feel at home.