You're moving into your new home, and you have lots of exciting plans for upgrades and updates. You've got a vision for how things are going to look when you're done—and the only thing standing in your way is the fact that nothing's been done yet! But don't worry: we've got some advice on how to avoid making common mistakes as a new homeowner.
1. Not replacing carpeting
While carpeting is often the cheapest flooring option, it's not always the best choice. For one thing, carpets tend to be costly to replace; if you ever have to, you'll be looking at a costly investment. Additionally, many people find that carpeting can be difficult to clean and maintain; it also holds allergens in place for long periods of time. If your home has children who are allergic or asthmatic (or both!), replacing your carpets with hardwood or tile could be a major help.
Finally, carpets can make moving furniture around your house a chore because they're soft and tend not to hold their shape well under heavy loads—a problem that many homeowners face when they try moving heavy furniture over their old carpeting without realizing what they're doing!
2. Leaving walls bare
Once you've settled into your home, it's easy to get caught up in the maintenance and upkeep of your property. But before long, you'll find yourself itching for a change. Maybe the boredom of a bare wall has crept into your life and made its way onto your mind more than once? Maybe this is just an opportunity to try something new? Whatever the reason may be, here are some things to keep in mind when decorating walls:
- Walls can be decorated with wallpaper, paint or other materials
- Walls can be decorated with artwork (artwork would go on top of any other wall decor)
- Walls can also be decorated with a personalized wall photo calendar
3. Forgetting about Homeowners insurance
The single most important thing you can do to protect your home and possessions is to have homeowners insurance policy. It covers the structure of your house, as well as any structural damage in case of a fire or other disaster. Homeowners insurance also protects you from financial loss if someone gets hurt on your property or if someone sues you for damages to their property. Finally, it provides liability coverage in case someone slips and falls on snow or ice that was not shoveled off properly by an employee working for your company.
4. Living with bad lighting
The lighting in your home is important. It's the difference between an inviting space and a cold, unwelcoming one. Lighting can make or break a room, so it's worth investing some time into making sure you have good lighting in all of your rooms.
5. Keeping furniture from your old place
Chances are, you don't need that couch or dining table anymore. Not only is it probably not the right size for your new place, but it might not even be the right style. If it doesn't fit in with the decor of your new place, it's going to stick out like a sore thumb—and that's something nobody wants. Instead of trying to force them into this new life of yours, let them go and find some furniture that actually fits into your space comfortably.
As much as we love our old furniture and all those memories attached to each piece (we're looking at you, grandpa's rocking chair), we know when something has to go for good because we've been through this before ourselves!
6. Having no plan for decorating
This is a common mistake many new homeowners make. They buy all the things they want to have, but they do not have any idea how to incorporate them into their home. The result: clutter.
If you think about it, this makes perfect sense—most people don't know how to decorate their homes because they've never done it before! That's why having a plan for decorating your home can be so helpful for anyone who is new at it or maybe just wants to spruce up their space without breaking the bank.
The good news is that creating a plan doesn't need to be complicated at all; in fact, there are several ways in which you can go about doing this! You could talk with family members and friends about what kind of style interests them (and then incorporate those elements into your own living space). You could also use Pinterest or other websites as inspiration for ideas on how best to integrate certain pieces into your house's design scheme without feeling overwhelmed by too many options at once.
7. Forgetting about landscaping and neglecting gutters
First things first: don't forget about landscaping and don't forget to clean your gutters! If you're not thinking about the outdoors, then you may be missing out on some of the best parts of owning a home. You can enjoy your backyard and garden with family and friends—or even sell it later if you so choose.
Landscaping is one way to add value to your property, especially if you want to attract buyers for resale purposes down the line. It also gives people who are moving into new homes more reasons to go outside and take in their surroundings as often as possible—and that's always fun!
Hopefully, this article has made you aware of some of the common mistakes new homeowners make. Remember that with any luck and a little bit of planning, you’ll be able to avoid them!