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Three ways to make your new house feel like a home

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Settling into your new pad will take some time and adjustment. You want to make it look and feel like yours. Here are a few tips and tricks to speed up the process to give you that ‘ahh' feeling in no time.

1. Get furniture ready

This first tip requires some planning prior to your move, a measuring tape and some cash.

You may be relocating some of your original furniture to the new house, but in some cases size and design could be an issue. You may be upsizing, and the two-seater sofa you currently have can make the new space feel cavernous. Or on the flip side, downsizers bringing over the old, bulky, family sofa could make the space feel small.

Take a measuring tape along to the open inspection and that will help you decide if you will keep your existing furniture or potentially sell it off for some extra money to buy something more suitable for your space.

Allow time for shopping, consider possible wait/delivery times. This way, you can set the delivery of your new furniture on your moving date.

Some spaces to measure in the new home, based on existing furniture, might be your dining space, bedrooms, home entertainment system space for the TV unit and the hallway for your entry table.

2.Style and personal touch

Stamp your style on your new home by filling the walls with your tastes in art and decor. Splash your favourite colours on the walls with a new lick of paint or add touches of colour around the home with your decor and cushions. You may want to invest in new curtains that are better suited to your style to make sure the colours and fabrics match.

Don’t forget to hang or display photos of yourself, family, friends and of course your furry friends. There’s no better way to feel at home than having your memories and favourite people or pets on display.

3. Declutter before the move

Clutter can make any job difficult, so it’s always a good idea to go through all of your furniture and belongings with a fine tooth comb and assess what will make the cut and what will get left behind. Consider online platforms to sell or have a garage sale. Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.

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