New Homeowner in South Carolina? 5 Things You Should Know
Moving into a new home is always exciting! It’s also generally a little stressful, especially if this is your first time as a homeowner. New spaces, new neighbors, and new responsibilities can feel overwhelming. But if you plan ahead and really dive into the process of taking care of your new home, it can be a truly rewarding – and even fun – time in your life.
If you’re a new homeowner in South Carolina, congratulations! To make sure you get off on the right foot in your new home, we’re bringing you 5 helpful things you should consider doing when you first get the keys.
1. Paint the House Before You Move In
There’s nothing more inconvenient than having to paint a home while you’re living inside it. Not only will the house be swarming with equipment and painters during the day for a period of time, but you’ll also have to move furniture away from the walls and breathe in unpleasant paint fumes during the process. To avoid these inconveniences, it’s a good idea to schedule painters to come in and repaint the walls before you move into your new home.
When choosing paint colors, it’s helpful to keep in mind how you plan to furnish each room. That way, you can select colors that complement the style and finish of your furniture and any decor you choose. If you don’t have a plan for furnishings, a great way to make sure your home looks cohesive and elegant is simply to stick to neutral colors.
2. Focus on Improvements That Will Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck
Are you planning to make any improvements or renovations to your new home? It’s a good idea to really take your time with these and prioritize projects that will give you the biggest return on your investment. Examples of projects that typically yield a good return include:
When choosing designers and remodelers for your home-improvement projects, look for professionals with proven experience working with homes that look like yours. At Kamanski Construction, our portfolio reflects diversity in terms of project type and scope, and we’re experienced and skilled at working in homes of different styles, from cozy cabins to sleek modern homes.
3. Do a Deep Clean of the Home Prior to Moving In
Unless you’re very lucky, it’s unlikely that the former owners of your home had it professionally cleaned prior to moving out. There are a number of areas that should be cleaned thoroughly before you move your furniture and belongings inside. A proper deep clean should involve everything from scrubbing toilets and disinfecting bathroom surfaces, to cleaning sinks and mopping floors, to cleaning the oven and range.
To ensure that you start things out on the right foot (and with a clean slate), we highly recommend giving your home a deep clean prior to moving in. In addition, it’s never a bad idea to check air filters and ducts to see if they need to be cleaned out before moving into a new home.
4. Maintain an Emergency Fund for Unexpected Home Problems
As a homeowner, you should always be prepared to deal with unexpected (and sometimes expensive) problems that may arise with your new home. While you can plan ahead for your home’s basic maintenance costs – such as annual HVAC servicing, lawn care, and gutter cleanings – every homeowner eventually runs into an issue they didn’t expect or plan for. These kinds of unforeseen problems could include:
- The AC system failing
- Plumbing leaks
- Mold problems
- Pest infestations
- Structural issues such as dry rot
While you can’t plan ahead for every potential roadblock, we highly recommend keeping an emergency fund to act as a safety net for unexpected issues and necessary repairs.
5. Decide What’s Going Where and Make the House Your Own!
Whether you’re moving just down the road or coming from out of state (or even from another country), a new home means a brand new start! Your new home almost certainly has a different layout and unique architectural features and finishes. This gives you the opportunity to rearrange your furniture in new and interesting ways, try new color schemes, and update your new home to truly make it your own.
Here are a few fun and easy ways to make your new house feel like home:
- Start by unpacking your bedroom, closet, and bathroom stuff (to make mornings easier).
- Prioritize kids’ rooms to get them feeling settled.
- Recreate your favorite sights, sounds, and feelings; these may include your favorite music, an old heirloom cuckoo clock, a cozy sweater, or a book you love.
- Take your time to hang art and place decor; start with large furniture items, and then decorate around them.
Are You a New Homeowner in South Carolina? Let Us Help You Make Your House a Home!
From painting walls and adding a deck to updating the finishes and appliances in your kitchen, the right home-improvement projects can add aesthetic charm and functional value to your new house. At Kamanski Construction, we take pride in the quality of our work. Our priority is always to get the job done right and exactly the way you want it. Our expert team of designers and contractors will transform your vision into a reality, while sticking to your budget and timeline.
Have questions about how we work? Ready to get started? Take a look at our portfolio, give us a call at (864) 800-9912, or contact us online today. We can’t wait to hear your ideas!