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8 easy tricks to make a new house feel like a home

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Make your new house feel like a home sooner rather than later with these quick and easy tips

With all the organising that goes into buying or building a new home and moving, it’s easy to forget that settling in can be just as busy. With boxes piled high and rooms to organise, those first few weeks are the time to start making your new house feel like home. 

These quick tips can help you transform your new digs into a cozy abode worthy of all that work!

Plants

Bring life into your home. Literally. Plants are a great way to freshen up any space (indoors or out). Choose plants that will suit the sunlight in each room. Remember to choose a variety — both in size and type — to add an extra dose of personality and colour. For those lacking a green thumb, succulents are a great (and hardy) option. 

Top tip for your new home: 

Before you rush out to stock up, do a walk through of your new home to get a good idea of how light moves through each space. 

Furnishings

Furnishings tend to do the heavy lifting when it comes to transforming a new house into a home. Not only do they make each room functional, soft furnishings are the ultimate way to bring in colour and personality. Think curtains, pillows, rugs, decorative items and throws in bold accenting colours or patterns.  

Top tip for you new home: 

If you’re thinking about buying some new furnishings to jazz up your home, choosing an interior design style is a great way to express your personal taste and elevate your home. 

Pictures and artwork

Bare walls can make a new home feel well … bare. While it can seem daunting marking up those pristine, new walls, hanging your pictures or artwork will instantly make a new space seem more familiar. Once you’ve settled on the placement of your furniture, start thinking about how your photos and artwork will accentuate the space.

Top tip for your new home: 

If you’re not quite sure about you artwork placement, use removable hooks to test the waters. These can easily come down if you’re not entirely happy, or if you feel like you need to make some unforeseen adjustments to the room. 

Scents

It doesn’t matter if you’re moving into a brand new apartment bought off the plan, or an existing home that has been standing for decades, new homes often come with unfamiliar smells that can make them feel different. Bring in your favourite scented candles, incense or air fresheners to evoke cherished memories that will make your house feel more inviting. 

Top tip for your new home: 

Candles not only make spaces smell better, their gentle light can also make a room feel more cozy.   

Clean up

Moving in is a dirty business. We’re not just talking about tracking dirt through the whole house bringing boxes in, but unpacking tends to generate a lot of trash. Even if it was professionally cleaned before you got there, give your home a good scrub from top to bottom to get rid of all that moving in grime. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know the best features of each space. 

Top tip for your new home: 

Cleaning up is another great way to bring in some uplifting new scents that will make your new home feel more fresh. 

Neighbours

Making your new house feel like home doesn’t have to stick to the interiors. One easy (and free) way to feel more comfortable in your new home is by getting out to meet your neighbours. Make the rounds to introduce yourself to those that live around you. It won’t take long to feel more connected. 

Top tip for your new home: 

If you’re a little too shy to approach those around you, make yourself available for your neighbours to come to you. Spend the day sprucing up the front yard, or relaxing on the front porch. Wave or say hello to your neighbours and be open to interactions.  

Guests

A house isn’t a home until it’s been properly warmed. Once you’ve moved in and had time to unpack, think about throwing a proper housewarming party. It’s your chance to show off your new home to your friends and family. It’s hard not to feel at home with everyone you love enjoying your new space with you. 

Top tip for your new home: 

Planning a housewarming is a great way to stay motivated to unpack and organise. 

Time

It goes without saying that the more time you spend in your new house, the more homey it will feel. It takes time to settle in and make new memories. Don’t feel terrible if you’re feeling a bit out of place when you first move in. After you’ve had some time to get to know your home, work on it, bring your own personality into it, your new house will definitely feel like home. 

Top tip for your new home: 

Think of any reason to spend more time at your new home to make it feel more like yours. Cooking at home, entertaining at home, starting easy DIY projects are all great ways to spend your time while personalising your space.

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