So Youve Just Bought a House – What’s Next?

For most people that have just purchase a property the issue of home decor and design is very important. As it is unlikely that you will buy a place that is already decorated perfectly to your taste. So it is usually the first job on the list to get the interior sorted. However, this can sometimes be more difficult that it originally appears. Read on to find out what you can do to make sure you avoid as many problems as possible.

Check what’s there

The first thing that you need to do is check what state the house is in. This is especially important for those that have bought at auction. As they may not have had a chance to look around the house property before purchase so there could be some nasty surprises in store.

Keep an eye out for mould, unsafe flooring and cracks in the walls. As these could all signal greater problem that needs to be sorted before you can get on with renovating the rest of the property.

Where possible it makes financial sense to use items that are already in the house. So consider whether doors and cupboards can be painted instead of being replaced.

Also remember that while it is nice to be able to do some structural work on the inside as it can increase the value of your property. It will also increase the cost of the work that is being done. Therefore consider it carefully before you stark knocking through any walls!

Create a plan of what you want

The next step, once you have assessed what is there is to create a plan of what you want. In fact, you may have several plans. The first may show any building work that needs doing such as fitting a new kitchen. Then you may want to create some mood boards for the decorative aspect of the rooms that you will overhaul as well.

This is a worthwhile activity because seeing how all your fabrics and colours work together can save you a lot of money in the long run. Especially you decide that they don’t match as well as you’d hoped.


Secure funding

One you have fulfilled the first two stages, then it’s time to secure some funding for your project. The assessments and plan that you made should give you a good idea of the costs involved.

If you’re lucky, you have some money left over from the purchase price of the property. But if that sum will not cover all of your planned renovations, consider the option of homeowner personal loans as well. A loan like this can provide you with enough money to get the finish on your property that you are looking for sorted, even before you have to move in.


Get Quotes

Once you know that you have the right level of funding to proceed with your renovations you can contact contractors to get quotes. It is always better to speak to at least three contractors and to compare the prices that they give you. Look out for ones that includes labor and materials in the total cost and can do the work on a convenient time scale.

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