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Next Step After Buying a House
Next Step After Buying a House

Q. We have just bought our dream house, what is the next step?

A. Firstly, congratulations on the purchase of your new home. It is such an exciting time and we wish you many happy years in your new home.
The first step in tackling this rather large task of decorating a new home with new spaces is establishing your BUDGET!
This is the most important step so, allocate funds to each area and take it from there.
*TIP: Remember that bathrooms and kitchens are the most expensive and the most important areas in the house so ensure your budget is enough to complete these areas.
The next step is deciding if you would like to use a decorator or if you would like to do it yourself.
If you decide to use a decorator contact at least three different companies and request a meeting to discuss what you require and get three different quotations.
*TIP: It is always best to meet at the new home so that the decorator can get a feel for the space and what you have in mind.
Some decorators charge an hourly rate and others charge a square metre rate for the space. When using a decorator that charges an hourly rate ensure that you have a firm grasp of more or less the time they require to do the project so you know what you are in for.
No one likes being slapped with a massive bill that you never expected!
If you decide that you are more than capable of doing this project on your own, I would suggest you make a list for each room and what you have in mind for the colouring and theme as well as what you will need for the room with allocated budgets for each item. Eg: furniture, coffee table, rug, lighting, accessories, wall art, etc.
The next step will be creating a schedule.
Remember that it is best to get all of the wet work out of the way before you take delivery of new furniture, cabinetry, curtains, etc.
Also keep in mind that if you are replacing cupboards there is a manufacturing time involved so try and be schedule smart when organising the move in and all the prep involved before.
*TIP: Take your time when putting together your schedule and don’t be shy to ask around for advice on it.
There is nothing worse than you realising too late that your schedule was not quite right and it will now cost you money to correct the problem at hand.
I think this is enough to get you going... ENJOY!


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