Buying a new home is an exciting experience.  It’s a fresh start, for one, but you also get a fresh opportunity to make your home yours—and this is especially exciting when you are buying your very first home.  The decorating process can get a bit pricey, though, and this can be a challenge, especially when you’ve just budgeted out all your funds to purchase your new home.  Here are a few tips for how to make your new home yours—without having to break the bank to do it.

1) Prepare for the move.

Whether you are moving out of an apartment or rental home, you probably have a lot of stuff already.  You’re going to want to take some of this with you, but you’re also going to want to buy new furniture and decorating accessories once you get into your new home—things that might suit your new home, and your new style, a lot better.  It’s important to prepare for this ahead of time. 

As soon as you decide to buy a new home, start selling off your old stuff.  Be selective about what you keep, and don’t wait until you are struggling to load the moving vans to start this process.  Then put whatever cash you make off of your old furniture into its own account (or savings jar, if you prefer) so it can go towards your new purchases.

2) Don’t try to do it all at once.

Start decorating your new home one room at a time.  Trying to do it all at once is going to be overwhelming and pricey, plus you are going to need to spend some time in your new spaces to determine what style of decoration you would like to attribute to them.

3) Sets are overrated.

Avoid buying furniture sets.  These can get pricey, and they can often cause you to purchase furniture you don’t really need to complete the set.  Buy one or two pieces at a time to see how they suit the room before adding more.

4) Buying used isn’t a bad thing.

Have you noticed that a lot of the new furniture you can buy kind of all looks the same?  If you want to add some more unique style to your home at a better price, then try shopping second-hand furniture stores.  You can find some really unique pieces, and you can refinish them to make their style completely yours.  Try covering your table in comic book strips, pages from a favourite book, or magazine clippings, or paint it bright purple to bring a style that is all your own into your new home.

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Listing information last updated on June 7th, 2023 at 2:18pm CDT.