Action plan for your new home

After saving up for a deposit and months of searching for the right home, applying for a bond and patiently waiting for the keys to the front door, it is finally time to cross the threshold and move into your new home. Now what?

“Buying a home is a very exciting milestone to achieve,” says Adrian Goslett, regional director and chief executive of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

“Regardless of whether you have never owned a property before and are moving into your first home or whether you have sold a property and are moving into another home that meets your evolving needs, buying a home is opening a new chapter in your life. It is a special moment most people want to celebrate.

“But before you can sit back and enjoy your new home, there are few things you will need to do first, as well as adding a few personal touches. This is why new homeowners should have a plan of action to get their homes looking and feeling like their own personal space in no time at all.”

Here is a simple five-point action plan that will help you get your home into shape:

Start by making a list, prioritising the most important elements so that they can be addressed first. Begin with the practical easy repairs and upgrades, especially those that have an impact on day-to-day life.

“A few subtle and cost-effective changes can instantly improve the home, such as fixing leaking taps or replacing outdated fixtures. While most sellers would have painted the home before placing it on the market, a new coat of paint in the colour of your choice will add your personal taste and style to the property. Although it might be your ultimate plan to completely renovate the home, small practical upgrades and fixes will make a big difference in the meantime,” says Goslett.

It is far easier to give the home a good clean before all the furniture is in. Take advantage of the fact that the home is empty and hire a professional cleaning service to clean every corner of the home.

A window treatment can dictate the overall feel of a room, so spend some time selecting the right option. Not only can the choice of window treatment impact on the home’s privacy, comfort, and ambiance, it can also potentially save money in the long run.

“During summer, curtains, blinds, shutters or drapes keep out unwanted light and help to keep the home cool, and in winter they help to insulate the home and keep in warmth,” says Goslett.

Another aspect that affects the feel and comfort of the home is lighting. Once you have moved in all the furniture, you will be able to see if there are areas that require different or additional lighting. After a week or two, you will see whether there are areas in the home that don’t get enough light and perhaps areas that get too much light.

Major appliances such as the stove, washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher, and dryer will have an impact on daily life, as well as the monthly running costs of the home. When researching and selecting appliances, consider functionality as well as aesthetics.