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As the owner of a new home, you’re likely feeling a combination of excitement and uncertainty as you consider the many unknowns involved with your new life in a new place with new neighbours; unless you’ve only moved down the road, that is. Still, in any case, moving house is a big step. Whether you’ve only just moved into your new property or you’re still in early days, you might be feeling like you have a mammoth task ahead of you in terms of improving your house until it looks and feels like a home. If you want some advice in terms of achieving that goal, then here are some tips and tricks for improving your new abode until you feel comfortable calling it home.

Security.

When moving into a new home there are a lot of unanswered variables. One of the biggest worries on your mind is probably the level of security around your home. If a house alarm wasn’t fitted when you moved in, then that should be a priority. Of course, as well as putting defences in place in the rare case of a break-in, you should also be cracking down on basic levels of security, such as locking windows at night and not advertising valuables in your windows.

Changing your locks might also be a wise move, as you’ve no idea who lived in the property previously and whether they left copies of their house keys with neighbours, friends or simply under a rock. It’s a good rule of thumb to see your new home as a clean slate and start afresh to ensure you’re remaining as secure as possible. As an additional rule of thumb, you should avoid advertising your schedule online, as thieves might be able to identify when you’re away and your property is left unguarded.

Cleanliness.

This is something that may go by the wayside during the early days of living in your new home, as there are so many other things on your mind. Boxes of unpacked furnishings and possessions might still be littering your home, and you might be busy settling into your new job whilst your kids are busy settling into a new school. Everything is hectic and chaotic, which means the simple act of keeping everything clean and tidy as you would have done in your previous home has been neglected.

In terms of appearance, as well as your health, simply taking the time to clean your new home from top to bottom (and that includes any stains or marks left by the previous owners) might have the desired effect of making your house feel warm and welcoming. Poor levels of hygiene can attract little critters as well, so you might want to look into pest control if the previous tenants perhaps neglected to keep the house clean and insect-free or if you’ve let standards slips in your first few weeks in your new home. Appearance is important, of course, but you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone if you simply get your home into a spotless condition right off the bat and start building it into an even better paradise than your previous house.

Lighting and painting.

So many factors go into making a house feel inviting and cozy. Perhaps you’re unsure as to what it is that still isn’t quite turning this property from the magnificent modern house you saw when you decided to buy it into the homely abode you imagined it would become once you had moved in. If you’ve put all your possessions in place and you’re still feeling like the mood isn’t quite right, it might be a case of breathing some fresh life into the place. Perhaps the lighting needs updating, and this could involve both new fixtures with a warmer glow and also an improvement of the natural light you invite into the room. This can be achieved with a new paint job; white walls, for example, capture a lot more of the daylight which streams into a room. This creates a brighter, fresher feel and might help give your home that spark it needs.

Energy efficiency.

A home with energy efficient appliances, glazed windows, and sufficient insulation is an improved property on so many levels. First of all, there’s the fact that you’ll be saving an astronomical amount of energy bills. Many people just don’t realise how much they could be saving simply be trapping more heat in their home or trading in old, energy-wasting appliances for improved, efficient ones. Turning off lights is common sense, but going the extra mile will save you money and save the environment. It’s a win-win situation for your home and the planet.

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