When decorating a home, the dream scenario is for it to be completely empty. A home in which no one is yet living and which has no furniture or appliances. For better or worse, this is almost never the case. Unless you have an extremely clear vision (and the capital to carry it all out) when you purchase your home, renovations will be a regular occurrence while you are living there.
If you are still in the process of buying your house, these future renovations should be something you take into consideration. The ideal mortgage will leave room for some extra funds to work on your interior design.
Bring this to the table when calculating all of the added extras over and above the down-payment and mortgage payments. You will soon find out about the unexpected fees that make up your closing costs. What are closing costs? These include bureaucracy, admin, and legal fees to get the purchase of the house over the line.
Once you’re finally living in your house, you will have to deal with the difficulties of decorating furnished spaces. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind.
Painting requires meticulous planning and attention to detail
In theory, painting your interior walls is one of the easiest jobs when it comes to decorating a house. However, the presence of furniture is just one of the factors that complicates it. There are endless opportunities to accidentally paint the skirting, drip paint on your precious furniture, and mess the window frames.
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Unless you know you are capable of attention to detail and meticulous planning, you are going to spend hours figuring out where to put masking tape and how to go about the job without drips and spillages. A professional painter will be able to do all this quickly and easily, so that they can spend their time actually painting.
Consider the weather
What does the weather have to do with decorating a furnished home? Well, it depends. When you are decorating a space in which you are living, you inevitably have to manage the fumes from paint and varnish and other materials that can be bad for your health. Much of the time, this “management” is little more than leaving the windows open.
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However, if you are decorating at a time when weather conditions are a little more extreme – with high temperatures or lots of rain – leaving the windows open can destroy your furniture. Every day you work on your home, you will be presented with the choice of breathing in fumes or risking your furniture’s ruin. Hopefully, health is your choice. Preferably, it’s not a choice you need to make.
Consider the weather when choosing to decorate. It is better to wait until the climate is more temperate to go ahead with your project.
Space is key
One thing you will learn fairly quickly is that you can do everything you want to in a furnished house – if you have space. With extra space, you can always empty out a room temporarily while you work on it.
You should not only be calculating floor space. It is all well and good to have room to place all your furniture from another room, but if that room is your bedroom, you now have nowhere to sleep.
If you can, try and open up space by arranging for your kids to sleep at a relative for a night or two. Alternatively, find a way to turn another room into a makeshift bedroom that serves the purpose.
Many of the jobs you do will involve a lot of preparation but will be fairly quick in execution. You probably won’t have to spend all that long not using the room you’re working on. As long as you can make the space for a short period of time, you should be fine.
Decorating a furnished house comes with its challenges, but people do it all the time. Make sure you know exactly what to expect, and you can get everything you need done with no trouble at all and without messing up your furniture.
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