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5 Top tips for your new home

Moving house is often rated as one of the top causes of stress, from finding the perfect new place to packing up all of your worldly possessions and moving them safely.

Even after all of that there is still work to be done; after settling in it’s time to make your house a home. It’s either bare and needs to be furnished and decorated, or it’s dated and shabby and in need of a major update.

With all of those rooms the job can look a little disconcerting, so here’s a few of our best tips for decorating your new home:

Lists

With the whole project being as daunting as it is, one of the best places to start is by making a list. Write down what you already have so you can keep stock, amass a list of everything that is a necessity (from jobs that are urgent to furniture that has to be bought), and keep a little wish list for everything you’d love to improve your home in the most ideal of situations.

Create a budget

It’s always important to take a look at your finances, figure out what you can afford to use and stick to it. It can be incredibly easy to overspend when redecorating and furnishing your new house, so keep your budget in mind, and remember what is a necessity and what is a luxury.

Space out purchasing

You don’t have to purchase everything for your new house straight away. It’s a good idea to shop around to see where the best deal is, and to actually live in your house for a little while before you decide what you actually need. The same can be said for the decorating itself, perhaps only think about one room at a time.

A neutral start

Choosing to start off with a neutral colour palette might be a wise decision. Neutral tones will work with everything, and you can always add colour with accessories.

Paint

A simple bit of paint can work wonders for brightening up a room. If you’re on a tight budget, just think about how much better the room will look with a fresh coat of paint or a colourful feature wall.

A new home will keep you toasty warm for much less

A big consideration for many home buyers and renters is how much their monthly bills will cost. While an older Victorian build, for example, might appear a great investment due to its long history and beautiful period adornments, buyers can end up shelling out huge energy bills due to its lack of modern insulation or technologies.

According to the National House Building Council, new builds can be up to 55 per cent cheaper to run than older properties, meaning renters or buyers, particularly first-time buyers who may not be very familiar with the housing market, should pay close attention to a building’s energy efficiency rating before making any purchasing decisions.

Indeed, a Home Builders Federation survey found that the running costs of a home were an important factor for more than half of respondents. This is testament to the fact that many property hunters are aware of the importance of energy efficiency, although this number is likely to rise as the money and energy-saving properties of new builds become increasingly apparent.

Why are new properties more energy efficient?

New builds tend to feature very high levels of insulation, which can pay dividends when winter months come around. In addition, the insulation technologies used, such as cavity wall insulation, are top of the range, and should protect new homes from losing their insulating properties as time goes on, without much need for maintenance or repair.

Insulating a property well is a great way to lessen the amount of time a property’s heating needs to be turned on, and to contribute to the fight against climate change by reducing a property owner’s carbon footprint.

Other ways in which new properties allow owners to save on their energy bills and work towards neutralising their carbon footprint include low energy lighting, double glazing on all windows and external doors, and brand new energy efficient appliances.

It is also important to note that just because these technologies are energy efficient, does not mean they compromise on quality. Low energy lighting can shine just as brightly as lights installed in older buildings, and energy efficient appliances do not compromise on aesthetics or efficiency.