Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What to do once you move in your house and...Velvet furniture, oh-la-la

Real Estate: I just bought my house...now what?
Interior Design: Velvet furniture
Real Estate: I just bought my house...now what?

Buying a home is a long, and sometimes stressful, process. But what happens after you close and get everything unpacked? You might be thinking, "What else can there be to do? I have the house I'm unpacked...I thought I was finished?" But the truth is, there is always something more to do when you are a homeowner.

Being a homeowner means changing the way you think. This is your investment so upgrades, landscaping, painting, and maintaining the roof are just a few things you will need to make sure you do in order to ensure the value of your home.

To help you out I have compiled a list of common things you will want to do once you purchase your home:

1. Change of address cards - make sure to mail them to your friends, family, co-workers, etc. It is becoming more acceptable to send e-notes as well, but letters via post are encouraged.

2. Forward the mail from your old house - visit your local post office and fill out the mail forwarding sheet. This will make sure you are getting your mail that you might have forgotten to change the address for.

3. Meet the neighbors - be warm and friendly and introduce yourself to the neighbors. You don't have to visit everyday but being on friendly terms makes the community safer and better all around.

4. Security - make sure to change all the locks on any door that has a key to it. The previous owners might have keys still, etc. You might also look into getting a burglar alarm (it sometimes lowers your home insurance too). Also make sure you have a basic set of tools and fire extinguisher.

5. Make it your own - You might want to consult an interior designer, or just do it yourself, but make the home your own. Paint the walls, add trim, put down hardwood....whatever it is to make you feel comfortable and happy.
Interior Design: Velvet furniture

 I really like velvet furniture - I know I am probably alone on this one, but I think it works. It has the ability to add texture and luxe without breaking the bank. You do have to be careful the colors and the style...you don't want to look 60s!

Here are a few pieces I found that I really like:

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