Buying a house is definitely a euphoric feeling and at the same time can be a tad bit overwhelming as it comes after a huge debate of whether renting is a more sensible option than the actual purchase. However, just investing your money doesn’t call for celebration time until the entire house has been properly set up. When someone is making a purchase, it is essential to note in mind each intricate detail that eventually govern the house. A decision of property purchase should not be taken on an impulse but rather be done after a careful analysis. To make this task easier for you, here is a list of things one must keep in mind before settling in a property:
1. Identify your property– Commercial building/renting space or residential
The type of your property defines numerous aspects of your setting. You could buy a ready to move in property, a bungalow or a semi-furnished flat or even your regular studio apartment based on the number of people in your family, your budget and the frame of your mind. However, this should be done keeping note of at least a few decades in hand, its resale value and the future use of the property you are investing in. For instance, if you choose to rent out the property in future and move in todifferent house, you must be certain if that would be a rewarding possibility with your current home.
2. Understand the mending situation of the house – Check pipes, floor, wall, tubes.
Planning also involves identifying and studying the drainage system, electricity, type of flooring, paints, the positioning of elements and the role each room is expected to play. Choosing the rooms and deciding the purpose of the rooms can be a complicated task especially when it’s a big family involved. After each room is finalized, accordingly the themes should be planned. If your budget permits you to include a false ceiling décor then that would be your first step. Some houses are known to have pre-designed ceilings as well. In such a case, this step would be eliminated.
3. Budget Planning – Identify and bifurcate your expenses to make smarter decisions
Evaluate your budget for both pre and post purchase. Often new buyers forget to segregate their monetary details and end up having no money to set up their own house or carry out essential activities. Your budgeting should include details from the start to the end in the set up i.e. property price, the expenditures that will follow and so on. The following checklist includes some essentials items:
A. Kitchen Essentials:
Kitchen plays a vital role in the house. A house is most homely set when the kitchen is fully set up. From cooking basics to your favorite dish appliances, everything plays an important role in kitchen. Here are few basic items to consider while arranging your kitchen:
- Gas Stove
- Cleaning towels
- Kitchen table
- Can Openers
- Baskets and trays
- Serving dish plates
- Washing liquids
B. Things for setting up a living room:
Most families enjoy a spacious living room, after all it is where you seat your guests and spend a great deal of your time. However, even if your drawing room is not as roomy as you hope for it to be, there are certain things you can ensure to make the room appear spacious.
- Dining Table
- TV Sets
- Souveniers and Showpieces
- Photo frames
- Books Corner
- Fancy decor lights
Well, bedrooms are most personal and you expect no less than the highest levels of privacy and relaxation while you are here. Stack your bedroom with the following list of items to meet the necessary requirements.
- Bed & mattress
- Duvet & pillows
- Dressing table
- Bathroom Mirror
- Shower curtains
- Laundry bag
- Washing Machine
- Iron table
- A bowl with flowers
- Ivory or Vintage hand towels
- Scented Candles
- Essential oils
D. Hardware and safety items to be installed:Similar to every other activity we undertake in life, safety while building homes is paramount. Under no circumstance should you overlook the following things while moving to a new home:
- Fire Extinguisher
- Smoke alarms
- First Aid Kit
Now that you have the list of your basics, you could move on to studying other essentials.
4.Check for rodents or any kind of pests:
Well, this may sound a bit odd but as a matter of fact, it is highly recommended to check the house for any kind of odor, mosquitoes, bugs or rat infestations. More often than not, new owners forget to do a complete quality check of the house and fall for the ambience. This can prove to be the worst kind of trap, and not to mention, harm you in several unimaginable ways. Ensure the toilet is properly functioning and that there is no leakage anywhere in the house. Odors also help in recognizing if there is any unwanted animal-presence in the house.
Check for any sharp corners or narrow edges blocking your war as you navigate from one room to another. Also, map the natural flow of going from one room to another. This will become an imperative part of your living. Make your convenience your priority.
6.Check if your home gets enough sunlight
Natural ventilation and sunlight prove to be deal breakers for the greatest gathering of people. Sunlight seeping in not only lightens up and brightens the house but also is healthy for your interiors. With no sunlight passing in, you would constantly find yourself in an extremely gloomy setting and also have to deal with forever-wet clothes. Spend enough time to evaluate the presence of sunlight during different times of the day as the sun rises and sets.
7.Decide on the use of your garden/yard
An availability of lush green gardens and yards is considered to be a high-maintenance luxury option. Before you purchase a land that is surrounded by luscious garden, be prepared to invest time and effort in maintaining them. It comes with responsibilities that includes watering plants, maintaining the grass levels, giving proper fodder to the trees and not to forget the insects and animals they invite in the house with each passing season.
8.Find street parking availability/ driveway dimensions
Measure the area of the driveway, the roof over it and the flooring to ensure if it fits your needs. Check for parking outside your house or on the streets so you can take up the space for your use without any hassle.
9.Get to know the locality
Scan your locality for a presence of places that includes hospitals, medical stores, police stations & grocery stores. Ask around and find out from people already living in the area to get a first-hand opinion.
10.Study the neighborhood
Check if the neighborhood is quiet and friendly. The demographics of it will help you understand if it’s a family oriented place or a bachelor’s locality. You can see if there are nearby parks or gardens for running or enjoying a leisurely walk. The traffic on the main road will give you an estimate of the noise pollution in that area.
11.Get professional help to set functioning water and electric facilities
This can be a major issue if there are too many power cuts in your area. You can’t afford for the water supply or electricity to ditch you in your hours of need. Ensure there is power backup facility in your house. Make sure that the wiring is done properly and the house has the pipes repaired to avoid any leakage from ceilings or other areas. Ensure that the water supply is regular and consistent. This should be undertaken on a regular basis even after you have moved in.
Now that you have done your basic homework and layout let’s understand how you could go about setting up your own house:
12.Hire a carpenter and Invest in statement furniture
Instead of going over-board with a lot of small furniture items, you could simply buy a few big furniture items for the living room. Less is more works extremely well as you could pair it up with vintage lightings and wall hangings. Then your next step would be to understand the color-scheme of the house.
13.Find the right combination of color Palates and textures
Use a combination of either two or three colors and play around with them by mixing the walls, furniture and decorative settings with these three colors. Make sure to stick to the three and not go overboard.
14.Use decorative flowers in rooms to capture positivity
A combination of decorative flowers goes a long way in making the house look vibrant and that is exactly what you may be looking for. You could choose a vintage look or a modern ethnic vibe to the house with the combination of flowers that you choose.
A house is the most personal thing to anyone. You may choose to make it look like your childhood home or add more dimension to the house based on your personality. Whatever your choice may be, at the end of the day what matters most is that when you head back to home after a hard day at work, you find comfort in the safety of your cozy home designed and customized to suit your needs. This checklist should help you get exactly the house of your dreams!