Top 10 Things You Need to Know When Moving to A New House
Everyone knows that nothing really compares to the feeling of coming home after a long day at work. Especially when you poured your heart and soul into creating the perfect place to unwind. But sometimes creating your dream home can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start when once you’ve received the keys to your blank space. Here are our top ten tips to keep in mind when shopping for the right furniture to call your own.
1. STICK TO A BUDGET
As much as you want to follow your gut when choosing items for your home, it’s also sensible to create a list of what you need, as well as a realistic budget for you to work with (trust us, your bank account will thank you for it!). This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your choices because there are a lot of great quality items that won’t break the bank if you just look in the right places.
Also, when you go shopping for new furniture, it’s easy to become overexcited and spend money you don't have. Shop around for good deals that can give you the best value for your hard-earned money. So that if you still have money to spare after completing your list then you can happily splurge on another item without the guilt!
2. FURNITURE AND FUNCTION
When choosing furniture for your home, the first consideration should always be function. Choosing the right furniture is about more than just falling in love with it at first sight. Pick items with a classic and enduring quality that won’t go out of style.
When decorating your home, ask yourself what kind of furniture you need and which particular rooms require specific furniture. Consider the needs of each person living in your home and what activities will be happening inside your house (For example, will you need a bookshelf to store your collections? Or a modular cabinet for an entertainment system?)
3. START WITH THE BASICS
Before you start paying attention to the smallest details, begin first with the basics by picking out the largest pieces first. Look for the essentials like the sofa, armchair, dining table and bed frame first so you’ll know the right size of furniture you will need. After that you can get a clearer picture of which accent pieces or decor you can add as finishing touches to the room.
4. DO THE MATH
Going furniture shopping will be so much easier and faster to do if you come prepared with the right information about your home. Measure the areas in your house you plan to buy furniture for so you have an idea if the height and width are a good fit in your room. Drawing a floor plan or sketch of the room on a piece of paper can also give you an overview of the space you are trying to fill.
And don’t forget to get the measurements of your doorways and the service elevators in your building! There’s nothing worse than choosing items you think would be perfect for your home only to learn they won’t even fit in the elevator leading to your floor!
5. KNOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
A person’s home can be an extension of their own personality. If you want your space to reflect your personal taste, choose an overall theme for your interior. Then choose furniture that will go with your theme. Do you like the non-traditional look? Then go for an eclectic design by shopping for mix and match furniture. If you prefer a more cosmopolitan look, then go for more modern pieces. There’s no right or wrong theme as long as it is what feels right for you because you will be living in it!
6. START NEUTRAL
If you can’t decide on a particular theme just yet, a good starting point would be to just go neutral as it is a good palette to get you off the ground. You can’t go wrong with a mostly white or black palette, earth tones, or anything in between. Neutral tones are also easy to work with and can always be punctuated with a dash of color with the addition of easy-to-get elements like floor rugs and throw pillows.
7. INVEST IN A GOOD BED
Just like any hardworking person, we relish our rest time so much that we normally spend a third of our lives in bed. So it only seems logical that we should also own a good quality bed and high thread count beddings. Especially if you plan to make your house into a real home, a durable and good quality bed is an investment you will never regret making even if it might cost more than your average home item.
8. INVEST IN HIGH QUALITY PIECES
As with anything in life, it’s the inside the counts the most. Aside from function, choosing high quality furniture should also be of top priority. If you view each item as more of an investment rather than a decorative piece then you will not just look at the design but also know just how durable the furniture could be despite prolonged use. Choose high quality items even if they’re priced higher, instead of spending less on items that you’ll have to replace often. Trust us, they’ll end up costing you more in the long run.
9. HAVE A HOME TOOL KIT
Working on decorating your home can sometimes mean several mini-projects happening at the same time. So you’ll need something to carry all the different tools you’ll need. Keep it handy and easily accessible by investing in your own home tool kit (which usually includes a nail set, wrench, screwdriver, pliers, and a hammer.), You can also expand this to also be an emergency preparedness kit which has supplies that you may need during times of calamity.
10. THE FINAL CONSIDERATION
Finally, when moving into a new home, always keep in mind that every piece of furniture you end up liking won’t necessarily be the right fit for your home. When shopping, always consider function, durability, necessity, and aesthetics in mind. But the most important thing is that you enjoy your furniture, balance your need for function and design and you can find yourself on the right path towards creating a living space that truly feels like a home.
And if you’d like a little help from professional interior designers and architects, then you’re in luck! This April, SM Home will be hosting its first-ever home and design fair, the SM Home Turnover Fair. Aimed at helping new homeowners get expert advice and assistance on decorating their homes, the SM Home Turnover Fair will take place at SMX Aura from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, 2018. In addition to attending expert-led design talks and getting inspired by high-style lifestyle set ups, attendees will also be able to cash in on exclusive discounts and promotions on the latest and greatest home products on the market, get a free design consultation and attend a series of fun DIY & home improvement workshops. For more information and to register for a free consultation, visit https://turnoverfair.smhome.com.ph.