Ac­tion plan for your new home

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

Af­ter sav­ing up and months of search­ing for the right home, ap­ply­ing for a bond and pa­tiently wait­ing for the keys to the front door, it is fi­nally time to cross the thresh­old and move into your new home. Now what?

"Buy­ing a home is a very ex­cit­ing time and amaz­ing mile­stone to achieve," says Adrian Goslett, re­gional di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa. "Re­gard­less of whether you have never owned a prop­erty be­fore and are mov­ing into your first home or whether you have sold a prop­erty and are mov­ing into an­other home that meets your evolv­ing needs, pur­chas­ing a home is open­ing a new chap­ter in one's life. It is a spe­cial mo­ment most peo­ple want to cel­e­brate. How­ever, be­fore you can sit back and en­joy your new home, there are a few things that you will need to do first, and you will want to add a few per­sonal touches. This is why each new home­owner should have a plan of ac­tion to get their home look­ing and feel­ing like their own per­sonal space in no time at all." Here is a sim­ple five-point ac­tion plan that will help you get your home into shape:

Start with the prac­ti­cal is­sues first

Start by mak­ing a list, pri­ori­tis­ing the most im­por­tant el­e­ments so that they can be ad­dressed first. It is best to start with the prac­ti­cal easy re­pairs and up­grades, es­pe­cially those that have an im­pact on day-to-day life. "A few sub­tle and cost-ef­fec­tive changes, such as fix­ing a leak­ing tap or re­plac­ing out­dated fix­tures, can in­stantly make the home bet­ter. While most sell­ers would have painted the home be­fore plac­ing it on the mar­ket, a new coat of paint in the colour of your choice will add your per­sonal taste and style to the prop­erty. Although it might be your ul­ti­mate plan to com­pletely ren­o­vate the home, small prac­ti­cal up­grades and fixes will make a big dif­fer­ence in the mean­time," says Goslett.

A com­plete head-to-toe clean

It is far eas­ier to give the home a good clean be­fore all the fur­ni­ture has been moved in.

Take ad­van­tage of the fact that the home is empty and hire a pro­fes­sional clean­ing ser­vice to clean ev­ery cor­ner of the home. "There prob­a­bly won't be an­other time that the home is com­pletely empty un­til you de­cide to sell and move out, so while you can, make the most of the op­por­tu­nity to get into any hard-to-reach spots and give them a clean," says Goslett.

A few sub­tle and cost-ef­fec­tive changes, such as fix­ing a leak­ing tap or re­plac­ing out­dated fix­tures, can in­stantly make the home bet­ter.

Con­sider the view

A win­dow treat­ment can dic­tate the over­all feel of a room, so spend some time se­lect­ing the right op­tion. Not only can the choice of win­dow treat­ment im­pact on the home's pri­vacy, com­fort, and am­bi­ence, it can also po­ten­tially save money in the long run. "Dur­ing the sum­mer months, cur­tains, blinds, shut­ters or drapes keep out un­wanted light and help to keep the home cool, while in the win­ter months they help to in­su­late the home and keep in warmth," says

Goslett.

Look at light­ing

An­other as­pect that im­pacts the feel and com­fort of the home is the light­ing. Once you have moved in all the fur­ni­ture, you will be able to see if there are ar­eas in the home that re­quire dif­fer­ent or ad­di­tional light­ing. Af­ter a week or two, you will see whether there are ar­eas in the home that don't get enough light and per­haps ar­eas that get too much light.

Choose the right ap­pli­ances

Ma­jor ap­pli­ances in the home such as the stove, wash­ing ma­chines, re­frig­er­a­tor, dish­washer, and dryer will have an im­pact on daily life, as well as the monthly run­ning cost of the home. When re­search­ing and se­lect­ing ap­pli­ances for the home, con­sider func­tion­al­ity as well as aes­thet­ics.

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