When last autumn, we moved to our newly bought house, the anxiety and stress were killing. Spending sleepless nights, counting to the last penny, negotiating with movers and packers, and then unpacking- all these taught us the ugly truths of life. Luckily, my surfing the net-space saved me this time as I got tons of information about first home improvements or more specifically, home improvements projects and tips for the first-time buyers. So once the pain of home remodeling was done, I embarked upon the mission of improving the interior of my home and in comparison to remodeling, it was far easier and stress-free. I got lots of useful tips about DIY projects, online home improvement catalogs and coupons, estimated costs of painting, flooring etc. and on the ways I can save money without compromising with the quality. In the end, there is no doubt that my first home improvements project forced me to act and think like a mature adult in the quickest way possible, but I also realized that some extra powers are needed to tackle the humongous task of home improvements.
Two Things I Learned During My Home Improvement Project
- Striking a right balance between present and future is of utmost important
The pundits may put emphasis repeatedly over the importance of resale value of your house and doing ‘this and that’ to make your home a desirable, secured future investment. But most of the time, we forego the joy of living in the present for mulling over the future. So we went ahead bravely with the landscaping of our house keeping the proverb in mind that ‘you live only once’. I wanted to have a certain type of shrubbery in my garden and pretty flower trees that should be placed in equal distances to the both sides of the main entryway. It didn’t bother me at all that my neighbors didn’t seem to care for gardening much. I listened to my heart and spent a part of our mutual savings on buying exotic plants.
- Don’t rush into any implementation
When we thought about what we should do about our home improvements project before it actually took place, we listed down lots of things. But as always, money was the biggest constraint and so we decided to- start living in the bare minimalistic house and then adding features with the course of time. Surprisingly once we started living, we began to see clearly what our necessities were and what the essentials were. Obviously we were not going to compromise on our collective dreams but waiting taught us to re-assess all our current needs and those which can wait. It added bonus that our co-operative realtor showed us some methods that were low-on-cost and no-maintenance to redo our kitchen and bathroom.
Dual Home Improvements That We Did First
Our friendly realtor unleashed some trade secrets of how clever usage of lighting can add space and character to a small room. With his gentle prodding and tips in mind, we replaced old bulbs with brighter ones and did some simple fixture by doing a quick research in the internet. The result was I must say, amazing with a capital A.
As a family, we are high on DIY projects and what can be more beautiful DIY project than painting your own home, with the help of friends and well-wishers during the weekend?
First home improvements can be nerve-wracking as well as a fulfilling journey- depending on what points you like to look at it. The secret always lies in planning meticulously and well-ahead and keeping your cool while doing so.