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Decorating Your First Home

Decorating your first home can be a very exciting process indeed. Finally for the first time you own something that is yours and you can truly express your freedom and creativity! Or can you?

Well, there are two important caveats to consider. The first of these is budget. If you are like most first-time buyers, you will have put all the money you have into getting the deposit sorted and then setting up the mortgage, so it is advisable not to get carried away, as tempting as it is, and doing much decorating in the first couple of months.

It's important to settle down, get used to living in your first home, and start to get an understanding of what the bills look like and how you are going to be able to afford them. Only when you move in will you really start to get an accurate idea of what your gas, electricity and water bills are going to be (assuming you are metered) and only when these costs together with food, council tax and the mortgage payments start going out, are you going to have a fair idea of what you have to spend on decorating your home.

Also, if you make snap decisions when you first move in about redecorating, then you may shortly change your mind and need to redecorate again just a year or so down the line: so spend that first couple of months working out what you want to do, and give it lots of thought so that you won't have to redecorate again for some time to come.

The second consideration is a practical one - you've just moved in, and the last thing you are thinking about is moving on again - but you never know what will happen, and you don't want to do anything too drastic that could affect the saleability of your house. Remember how homes tend to look when they are sold: lots of light and space and neutral colours everywhere, so don't do anything in terms of decorating, no matter how eclectic your tastes, that would be permanent enough so that you couldn't return the house to that sort of attractive state when it comes to selling it on and moving to your second home!

More first-time house buying articles:

  1. Tips on Renting in London
  2. The Key Purpose of a Second Viewing
  3. How to Work Out what to offer for a Property
  4. What Can I Afford To Buy?
  5. Get On With The Neighbours


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