Everybody is excited at the prospect of visiting new properties and finding their dream home. However, the house you once visited can feel increasingly different when you are ready to move in. Indeed, typically, when you visit a property, you can get to see how the current owners have decorated it. But when the house is empty of furniture, decoration, and personal touches, the place doesn’t feel as inviting as it first did. Did you make the wrong choice when you decided to purchase?
As hard to believe as it is, it’s a common sensation shared by millions of new homeowners. Call it the end of the rose-tinted glasses. Indeed, when you first move in, the reality of the situation can be overwhelming. The little cracks you didn’t notice behind the previous owner’s gallery wall or the slightly musty smell that was hidden by the scent of freshly brewed coffee becomes more apparent. How can you find the excitement of the beginning again?
As long as you know and understand the situation
It would be foolish to make an offer on a property without completing a professional real estate inspection, first. A certified inspector can help you to figure out precisely what you are buying. From mold issues in the bathroom to air infiltration through the wall or around the window, you need to understand the extent of work required. Unless you’re buying a newly built property, you’re unlikely to find a house that doesn’t need any repair work. However, being in the know can give you the opportunity to pursue a long-term improvement project when you move in. The house may not be as perfect as you expect when you first open the front door, but a house inspection will provide a list of areas to tackle by priority. In other words, you know that things are going to get better as you progress. Perfection isn’t going to happen overnight.
Working together to make it yours
Not everybody is talented at DIY work, but implementing a family schedule to combine efforts on your home improvement project can be the best thing you’ll ever do. Assembling furniture or painting the walls is the kind of things that you can do with the kids. But, more importantly, working together toward a single goal is the only way you can turn an empty property into a family home. When everybody can participate in making it better, they feel like they belong.
Challenges are part of the journey
Of course, it’s going to be a long and painstaking journey before your house becomes a home. There will be days where nothing works or makes sense. But challenges are an opportunity to transform your connection to the house.They amplify your achievements and make every success a lot sweeter. Don’t fear the struggle of uneven floors or cracked tiles. Things will go wrong as you improve your home. But you’ll appreciate the result even more for it.
For new homeowners, the first days in a new property can feel disheartening. There is so much to do to make it feel homely. But don’t let it affect your mood. Knowing what to fix, doing it together and pushing away difficulties through creativity and persistence will give your house the homely feel you crave.