When you buy your first home, the last thing you want to think about is moving in a few years. And yet, that is a common trend for first home buyers. It is far more economical and less stressful if your first home can be your forever home. Here are some ways to make that happen for you.
Redo the Kitchen
The kitchen is where the family loves to gather, and it should be a place where you love to be. Unfortunately, many first homes come with original kitchen features that slowly suck your soul and are close to the end of their lives! On the other hand, if you choose to remodel your kitchen, you can create the kitchen of your dreams. A full remodel commonly includes flooring, cabinets, countertops, the backsplash, and appliances. Many people also choose to add an island for additional storage and workspace. If you select durable, classic materials in neutral tones, your kitchen remodel should last at least a quarter of a century!
Give Your Bathrooms the Right Features
If you get your bathrooms right from the get-go, they should stay current for years. Stay away from overly trendy colors and materials. Classic materials, such as a neutral-colored granite or quartz for the countertops, ceramic tile or stone for the floors, natural wood for the cabinets, and glass doors for the showers, will take longer to look dated. These are also durable materials that should last for a long time. Additionally, quality sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers will last longer than cheaply made alternatives.
Create a Beautiful Patio
Your patio is an extension of your home, and a beautiful patio will create a magnetic pull for your family to spend time together outdoors. Pressed concrete is durable and easier to maintain than wood. For optimal comfort, include a shade structure. Construct a fully covered patio, build a pergola, or install a retractable canopy. How far you go with your patio is up to you, but outdoor kitchens are great for entertaining. Other elements you might want to include are water features, planters, and a built-in fire pit or fireplace. The more you customize your patio to your family, the more you will want to spend time outside.
Install a Pool
Nothing beats a home pool in the summertime. When temperatures soar, no one feels like doing anything except find some cold water to jump into. And no cold-water source is more convenient than a pool in your own backyard. Not only is a backyard pool the best summer heat-and-boredom-buster around, but pools add a certain ambience to your backyard that makes it feel like you are always on vacation. Installing a pool might sound too invasive, but no worries! Concrete pump trucks can easily reach over your fence and other obstacles on your property.
Add a Room
If you are growing out of your first home, add a room! When you already love your home, your neighborhood, and your yard, leaving it all is the worst. Plus, moving is a gigantic hassle, a major expense, and creates massive disruption to your lives. There are many ways to add a room to your home, and you should choose whatever option makes the most sense for your house. If you have an unfinished basement, finishing it is probably the easiest way to increase space. If your home sports one unnecessarily massive bedroom, add a wall and divide it into two. If you have the outdoor space, building out from the original floor plan might be the best option. Finally, you might be able to build up and add a second story. Why move when you can add on?
Your landscape is like the icing on the cake. With a well-designed and mature landscape, the entire home feels complete. Landscaping is what makes a house feel like a home. When you grow attached to each tree, bush, and flower in your yard, you will never want to leave! You might want to consult with a landscape designer for help with the design. Once you have the basic plan, lovingly select every plant and tree, vine and trellis. Include walkways, mulched areas, decorative gravel, and other hardscapes. Fill your yard with color, texture, and depth. Create a yard that calls you and your family outside as much as possible!
Carefully Design Your Interior
When you purchase your first home, take the time to make it look exactly how you want it to. It is far too easy to take the lazy way out and make-do with whatever the house comes with, from paint color, to flooring, to window treatment. As you design your interior, think about styles you like, the vibe you want your home to convey, colors that speak to you, and materials you love. If you hate the green shag in the family room, pull it out now and put in a flooring that feeds your soul. If the dark orange walls oppress you, repaint. If you have always wanted hardwood flooring, take the plunge now and put it in. With a carefully designed interior, you will love how your home looks and feels for years.
Keep to a Maintenance Schedule
If you want your home to be a forever home, you need to care for it properly. A house takes a great deal of maintenance and upkeep to stay in good condition. It is a smart idea to put together a home maintenance schedule and set up reminders so that you never let anything slip. Some examples to include in your schedule are changing air filters, draining the water heater tank, cleaning out air ducts, and sealing the patio. There are many more things to do, so create a schedule and stick to it if you want your home to last.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your first home could be your forever home? Instead of moving from place to place seeking your dream home, create your dream home out of the one you have now. Don’t get stuck in a rut with your home when there are so many ways to customize it to fit your family perfectly.