We all dream of getting our own home when we are living with our parents. We may even plan what we would want it to look like. The reality, however, is that it may be a few years before you can afford a place of your own.
Most people in their late teens move into halls of residence at university or flat-share or house-share with friends at first. You don’t have complete control of your home at this stage. You may be in your twenties before you eventually buy or rent a home on your own or with a partner. This is when the real fun starts!
The boring paperwork aspects of having your own home
Owning a home comes with responsibilities. Obviously, you have to keep up the mortgage or rental payments or you could end up losing your home. It is best to keep all the paperwork relating to this in a big file!
You also need to arrange insurance for the contents of your home and the building as well if you own it. You can search out the best deals for your property. Don’t forget about local taxes. You can find out more the local government for your area.
Finally, sign up with a gas and electricity supplier and inform the local water supplier that you have moved in.
The fun side of having your own home
The best bit about setting up your own home is making it look just the way you want it. If you have bought a house or flat that needs a lot redecoration, this could be a long job. Don’t try to rush it. Take your time and enjoy it but don’t try to do more than one room at a time. Focus on the rooms where you spend the most time. The kitchen and living room are the obvious choices. Get one room completely finished before you move onto the next or you could end up getting overwhelmed.
You don’t have to spend a fortune doing up the house. A few tubs of emulsion and a few pots of gloss paint cost very little! Do as much of the work as you can yourself using guidance from blogs and YouTube. You will soon become an expert.
You can freshen up any room very quickly by getting some affordable ready made curtains. This is the quickest and cheapest way to transform the room that you have just decorated. There is such a huge range to choose from that you will always find a style to suit you. There is even plenty of guidance on how to measure the window and how to fit the curtains once they have been delivered.
You don’t need to buy all new furniture. Borrow what you can from friends and family and trawl charity and second-hand stores for bargains. Don’t forget sites like Ebay.
Before you know it, you will have a lovely space to live in and you will be hosting your first party to show it off!