Your home is your happy place – the haven that you return to after a hectic day battling the world. Hence, it should be a place of warmth and love, a place you cannot wait to come back to. Therefore it is never a bad investment to keep your house well maintained. Here are some aspects you should think about before you set forth with this mission.
Your home should be an extension of you
Your home should be a reflection of you. Anyone who enters into your house should be able to relate its ambience to you as a person. Your house can set a very strong first impression, even more than you can imagine. Above all, a house that is an extension of yourself will also go a long way in making you feel ‘more at home’.
For an example, if you are a person who prefers a house with the grandeur of antique furniture and timber flooring, then it’s redundant for you to opt for a house equipped with modern furniture. You will never feel as if you truly belong in that environment.
Needless to say, being practical is important as you go along with your planning and budgeting. Most people tend to get carried away with the ideas and glossy pictures in lifestyle magazines, thereby forgetting what they should be properly focusing on. So, after you consult with an expert or finish referring to the hoard of magazines you have, take some time off and sit down with an empty piece of paper. Write down what you need to have in your house, in the order of priority. Then estimate how much you will be spending on each item. This way, you can keep aside the preferences you wrote towards the end, in case they do not fit within the budget.
Moreover, being practical also means that you think ahead. When you choose appliances, furniture and the decorations for your house, it is important that you consider if they will be harder to maintain. For an example, if you have children who are very young, having walls coloured pure white would be quite redundant. Furthermore, even though carpeting might be cheaper than timber flooring, the latter requires very little maintenance cost in comparison to the former.
Comfort above luxury
There is a common misconception that having a luxurious house is more important than having one that is comfortable and cozy. Of course, provided that you can afford to invest in luxuries, this is not a problem. However, budgets being limited in most cases, it is important that you prioritize what is most important about a home – comfort. Your home does not have to be as posh and sophisticated as a hotel room. But it needs to be comfortable, cozy and warm. Hence, it is always better to prioritize the essentials.