You have negotiated your price, had your finance approved, completed your building and pest inspections and now your ready to move in. Time to turn your house into a home!
When you think about it, the building and pest inspections process of buying your house is probably a distant memory after your first two months of moving in. Not taking away from the important role that building and pest inspections play and how much they can save you, but as far as excitement levels go about having one, they probably don’t register next to designing your home, allocating rooms and marking out what to put where.
It is exciting times to plan who gets which room, the furniture that won’t fit or match and what you are going to keep or give away. It is uncommon to find a house that you don’t want to change or tweak to make your own.
Recommended Trades List
We have found that a lot of people buy a house when they are expecting a child and settlement can fall very close to the due date of the baby which means things need to happen quickly. Regardless of the reason you are buying, you will more than likely need a trades person or ten. An electrician to add power points, a painter to refresh the house, a handyman to repair or replace fixtures or aged gutters, a cabinet maker for new built in cupboards and the list goes on.
Because this blog has nothing to do with building and pest inspections, and everything to do with home making, where do you start when you need ten trades people within a week of settlement? The nature of online marketing means that you might be taking a referral from a hosting website that only promotes a company based on how much they pay and not on the quality of their work. We offer a trades list with every report and the trades person is referred to against the inspection item in the report. Our trades list is everything you need with regards to maintaining and repairing your property. It is ordered from the trades that you would require first when building a house so keep that in mind when you are looking for what you need. Some of these trades people have been on this list since we started inspecting Perth properties 24 years ago so they are as experienced and knowledgeable as our inspectors.
Request a copy of our recommended trades list here https://bciwa.com.au/contact-us/
What it doesn’t have is who to ask when you want to choose a paint colour, the right sized floor rug, or the perfect piece of furniture for the entrance. For the best advice regarding interior design you should consult a local interior designer but if you don’t have that budget, you can go to online blogs, ask friends, your real estate agent or your local furniture shop. BCI have paired up with two of our favourite shops that give way more than excellent service. Businesses like these go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that you have an experience that you remember. They also give free advice, don’t hard sell and allow you to deliberate while you make that important decision. They know that our clients are in the market for making their new house a home and have offered an exclusive discount to all BCI clients. To view their range you can click on their logos below.
It is true that the right piece of furniture can turn a space from stark to stylish and functional. Furniture should enhance how you live and create a feel that makes you want to spend time there. Indoor plants also add depth and richness to the space and can cleanse the air in your home. They bring life to a room and while they can be hard to keep alive, with the right light and care instructions, they should thrive.
We found a friend when we moved into our home that had a flare for interior design. She came in with a fresh pair of eyes, a passion for creating functional and beautiful spaces and sourcing affordable decorative items. I would highly recommend finding someone that you can ask for advice on how to use your current furniture to create a feel that you want without spending big bucks on interior designers and buying new furniture.
Below are top ten tips that we love from freshome.com…
1. Paint smaller rooms in softer, lighter colors to help make the room feel larger.
2. Use decorative mirrors to add instant light to your living space.
3. Mix it up. Mix up patterns and textures. Mix up old and new, expensive and inexpensive.
There’s nothing wrong with placing family heirlooms alongside your modern couch. All good interior decorators will tell you that the most important aspect to decorating your home is that it reflects who you are, your personality and your style.
4. Slip into something a little more comfortable!
Slip covers often get a bad rap but they are truly wonderful things. They can serve as a means of changing your furniture’s look to reflect the seasons. These easily removed coverings allow you to have a sophisticated look without constantly worrying about people dirtying or spilling on your furniture. Slip covers are ideal for rooms used frequently by children. Above the white slip-covered couches gives the air of a casual, comfortable, easy yet sophisticated elegance.
5. Wicker baskets
Wicker baskets are an economical and elegant way to add storage to any room. Baskets can be used to store and display books, architectural and decor magazines, toys, towels and blankets to name a few. Place a couple of small wicker baskets on the counter-tops in your kitchen to beautifully display and store your fruit and vegetables.
6. Use what you already have to decorate.
7. Add a hanging pot holder to your kitchen.
8. Go green.
Add plants to your living space. Add them to every room, small or large, few or many. Plants are an inexpensive means to accessorizing your space and adding colour and texture. Not only are plants beautiful but many can clean household air and balance humidity. They can absorb pollutants and remove harmful gases from the air. No home should be without these wonderful greens!
9. Paint or wallpaper your bookcases.
10. Use area rugs to soften hardwood floors.
These are some of our favourite interiors…
Tell us your favourite websites, apps, blogs or designers that inspire your home making and get in touch if you have ideas that our clients would love for their new home.