Moving into a new home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. There are a few things you can do to make the most from the move.
Top 5 Things to Replace in a New Home
1) Tear up old carpets and replace them with hardwood floors.
With hardwood floors, it’s generally easier to maintain since you don’t have to buy any special shampoos to have them cleaned. You also don’t need to get them changed every couple of years, as with carpets. Carpets also get worn out and need replacement. A modern look, longevity and durability are all associated with hardwood floors.
2) Get new kitchen appliances that are smart appliances.
By using smart kitchen appliances related to the stove, micro-ovens or ovens, you can set up timers that allow the appliance to start and switch off on their own; or you may have the option of controlling them from your phone if the appliance is linked with software. This will make it a lot easier for you to keep tabs on what is being cooked or baked. You do not need to be physically present to switch off particular appliances. The best part, you can say goodbye to overcooking or overheating your food! That fire alarm no longer has to be put off every time smoke shoots up.
3) Replace old window blinds with new ones.
Thankfully, with the advent of time, we have great innovations in pretty much every department, including that of window blinds. There are stylish window shades that have fancy designs on them. There are various colour combinations you can choose from, allowing for greater contrast. New ones are also safer as they usually do not come with cords. Cords often break due to being constantly opened and closed. There is also a wide range of fabric to choose from if you’re looking to go with fabric shades.
4) Get new windows.
If you would like to make an investment that will be well worth it for your house, get yourself a new set of windows. Even though this option may be more expensive than fixing up damages that occur throughout the year, it may pay off in the long run. Once you have a good set of windows for your place, the next most important thing to look into is how you take care of them. Good window treatments can serve as double the protection from bad weather and rusting over the years.
5) Get popcorn ceilings.
Popcorn ceilings were actually very famous during the early 1930s to the late 1990s. This is something you can do yourself and get an instant different look for the house. Even though the process isn’t hard, it is time-consuming.
Here are a few simple steps on how to prepare a popcorn ceiling for your home:
Step 1 – Prepare Your Ceiling
Get a bucket of warm soapy water. Soak a sponge or cotton cloth with the soapy water. Using a stepladder, carefully clean your ceiling properly to get rid of any excess dirt or grease.
Step 2 – Prepare Your Room
Take all the furniture out of the room. Cover any remaining furniture as well as the floor with a cloth.
Step 3 – Main Surface
Using a stain-blocking primer (available at home improvement stores), prime your ceiling’s surface; one coat is enough. Let it dry for a good 24 hours.
Step 4 – Apply Popcorn Ceiling
Open up your windows for proper ventilation in the room as you work. In a large bucket, combine a 13-pound bag of popcorn ceiling spray (standard size), with around 2-gallons of water. Once done, the mixture should have cottage cheese-like or soupy consistency. If you don’t end up with this consistency, put in more powder until you get a good consistency. If the consistency of the mix is too thin, the mix will not stick properly and will end up cracking excessively.
Get a texturing gun and fill it with the ceiling spray mixture that you just prepared. Spray your ceiling back and forward in order to achieve an equally laid form. With the help of a towel, spread the popcorn mixture to the ends of the ceiling.
Step 5 – Clean the Equipment
Clean your equipment and all the tools used.
Step 6 – Paint the Ceiling
If you want, paint a finishing coat of interior latex paint on your ceiling after allowing it to dry for 24 hours.
And Voilà! Enjoy your new home!