The New Home Handbook: How To Succeed

Buying a new home is a daunting yet exciting task. Your rigours of getting a mortgage, scouring the market for the right property and making the move are just the start, because now you need to assess everything and begin making your own improvements to the house and stamping your authority on it. Personalising your property can make it a much better place to live, but there are certain things you need to bear in mind before starting. First, try to do it in phases. If you start it all at once then you’re going to be in trouble with no place to relax, do it room by room or floor by floor. It will be more manageable that way. This article looks at varying aspects in which will help you settle in and make sure you home is a place you’ll enjoy for many years to come, because unfortunately there are things that can go wrong or annoy you, but luckily they are things that can for the most part be avoided or hastily sorted out.


Space Is Your Friend

Space makes everything seem more open and fluid, it also makes room for storage, which as you age you’ll need bucket loads of, especially if you have kids. There are many considerations to take, but they are quite simple. For example, if you have two children who share the same room, then get them bunk beds instead of two normal beds. The floor space will increase and they’ll have a bigger area to play and relax. You also need to consider this when you get your own bed, try to get one with underbed storage. When you get wardrobes don’t get them too tall, so you can stack things on top of it. You get the drift, make the most space you can because as life goes on you’ll appreciate it far more.

Safety Comes First

You would have done an initial check of the house before buying it, like a builders survey. But now you’re in the house you can check everything out again. You need to make sure things like asbestos is cleared away. If your house is old you should also make sure you have no traces of lead paint which can potentially be deadly for younger children. Buy some smoke alarms and put them in the hall and on the landing and be sure to buy carbon monoxide alarms and put them in any room which has a fuel burning device such as a boiler. It is paramount you do this as not too many people actually do. They can detect excess traces of carbon monoxide in the air. Poisoning can cause nausea, headaches and in extreme cases even death. You may also want to check on the electrics, if they are really old consider getting your home rewired. It can be pricey, but it will stop any sparking and potential fires as well as distributing energy in a far smarter way.

Change The Locks

It may sound obvious but many people don’t bother. A day or two after moving in change the locks. You don’t know how many people the previous owners gave their keys to and you could be in for a nasty surprise one day or night if someone comes knocking. It is a sensible thing to do too, especially if you think the locks are slightly dated. Change all external locks using a certified locksmith. You may even need to change the doors themselves so if you are doing this don’t get the locks changed just yet. Have a look at the windows too because certain kinds use locking mechanisms that require keys. It will give you peace of mind knowing you and your family are safe.

Give A Thought To Energy

You’ll paying lots of money out every month or year for gas and electric. But you can save money on your energy by updating your boiler systems and wiring. Using a better boiler system, such as the new smart boilers which you can control from your phone, can save you huge amounts of money whilst letting you turn the heating on and off from wherever you are, meaning you can always come home to a warm house. If you have the space you can also consider installing solar panels on the roof of your property. Again, they’ll save you money whilst also doing your bit for the environment, plus, any extra energy you generate can be sold back to the national grid. The same is of wind energy, though it can be more difficult to install wind turbines and generators in your home, but you can get smaller ones which can still end up costing you less to run your home.

Be Picky With Providers

When you move to a new house you’ll need to choose an energy provider, internet provider, TV provider, etc. When you choose these try to be picky, don’t rush into anything just so you can have the internet sooner. You need to ensure you get the best deals. For example, you can get phone calls, TV and internet all thrown in together. Companies usually offer the best kinds of deals to lure people in and then bump the prices up after a year or so when the initial contract ends. To beat this make sure you swap at the end of each year. You don’t want to move into a home and then fork out huge premiums for the utilities you need, so shop around, be patient and don’t be afraid to haggle if you think you are being hard done by.

Plan And TimeTable your Renovations

There will be a huge amount of things you want to do to your new home but you won’t be able to do them all at once. Set a timetable out, budget everything and plan exactly what needs to be done. By doing this you’re not only spacing out the vast amount of work that needs to be done but also the money it will take to do what you need to do. Leave things like the spare rooms until last and work on things that need to be done, perhaps the kitchen isn’t properly functioning. If that is the case you need to focus on it first. Prioritise your plans and your happiness will be preserved.

Check The Insulation

Have a peek inside your loft and see if it is insulated. If not, you might want to get it done. Primarily because it stops heat escaping and keeps it in longer, meaning you stay warmer for less money because your heating systems don’t need to be on for as long. It also helps the environment. You can also get cavity wall insulation which does the same thing in the sides of your home, but loft insulation is the best because heat rises. You may be able to get a grant from your local council and in some cases get it completely free, so it is worth looking into.

Stay Legal

Don’t forget that when you change address to inform everyone that needs to know, otherwise you could end up not paying bills. You also need to get home insurance. The contents are optional, but you need home building’s insurance to stay legal. Remember you also need to pay stamp duty on a new home that goes by the percentage the home is worth. It is an annoying sum to shell out, but the law requires it so don’t leave yourself open to further prosecution and fines.

Leave The Garden Until Last

For those with green thumbs you may want to get right into the garden and start planting and digging, but leave it until last. Especially if you live somewhere which doesn’t get too much sun. Focus on the house first, once that is done then you can tackle the garden. It makes sense to improve places where you frequent the most and you’ll be in the home more than the garden. Be sure to keep an eye on any trees however and ensure their branches aren’t overlapping the neighbours garden. Other than this, keep your garden until last.

The Deep Clean

One of the first things you should do is a bottom to top deep clean. This means renting carpet cleaners and really getting to those hard to reach areas. To get rid of smells and truly make it yours the deep clean will have a good psychological effect, almost as if you are ridding the home of its previous owners. It’s good for your health too as it can clear out damp and mould and stop it growing back again. If the home hasn’t been occupied then you may need to check for pests like wasp nests in the garage or loft or mice running around your home. Don’t be afraid to call out pest experts as they can get rid of it for good where your own efforts may only treat the symptoms and not the cause.

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