[Guest Post] How to Make a New House into a Home and Save Money Doing So

Did you just move into a new home? Moving from one place to another can be pretty exciting, but it can also be unnerving and expensive. Thinking about the maintenance, improvements, and decor you need to complete, you may not know where to start. If you are looking to settle into your home while saving some money, then you need to look through these tips.

Make Home Improvements Budget-Friendly

Moving into a new home usually means investing some time into home improvement and maintenance tasks. However, you shouldn’t have to invest your entire savings too. You can make your house feel more like a home for less, and you don’t even need to clip coupons to do so. Look online for online savings and get cash back for home improvement stores like Lowe’s. If you want even more ways to save, try choosing home improvement projects that are budget-friendly to begin with. You can add a new coat of paint, more storage to your kitchen, or some style to your entryway, and each project will cost you less than $150. If you are a homeowner, you should also think about picking up a basic tool set and taking care of smaller maintenance tasks on your own. If you need to hire a contractor, look online to get your work done for the best price, and always ask about discounts and specials they may be offering.  

Save More Dollars, and Style, with Your Home Decor

You can use some helpful decorating tips to help set the mood in your living room, as well as other areas of your home. Small details, such as adding artwork to your walls or using the right lighting, can make your home feel warm, inviting and relaxing for you, and your guests. Of course, you may want to pick up some new decor to help make your new space feel fresh. Popular stores such as Pier 1 and Bed, Bath, and Beyond often offer coupons that you can use online or in-store. You can also look for ways to save by signing up for email and free rewards accounts. For example, World Market offers new customers who enroll in their Market Rewards program a 15 percent coupon, but other stores have similar rewards programs as well.

Throw a Housewarming Party Without Throwing Off Your Budget

Once you are all unpacked and have your home in order, why not celebrate with a housewarming party? Having friends and family over is a perfect way to feel more at home in your new place. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to host your housewarming on a budget. Set a budget first so you can plan your party accordingly. You can have just a few friends over and get creative with inexpensive (but delicious) drinks, snacks, and desserts. Be sure to check local grocery stores and retailers, as well as apps like Ibotta, for in-store sales and savings before you shop for your party needs. You may need to sign up with your email or phone number if you’ve never used your local grocery store’s discount program before, so take care of that step before you leave the house.  If you want to skip buying food, you can also have friends bring their favorite dishes over for a potluck, or make a main course and have them bring some sides.

Getting comfortable in your new home shouldn’t mean completely draining your savings. With online rebates, promo codes, and in-store sales, however, you can pick up all you need to create a warm atmosphere in your new home. That way, you can spend less time stressing about your budget and more time enjoying your new place with all your family and friends.

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Guest Author: Alice Robertson

Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.

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[Ask Michelle] I can’t Afford a Designer!

Designers are expensive. My project is small and I am planning to do part of work myself. My contractor said he had done many similar projects and would help me with selecting products materials.
The truth is you can’t afford not having a designer. Designers are more than having fancy styles and good taste and know how to shop. In order to be professional designers, one has invested years of hard work to gain knowledge, skills, and experience. A good designer guides you through options, organizes the information, and prevents mistakes. Without a designer, you are risking spending more money and time and settling for a less-satisfactory result. You should figure 10% – 15% of your budget for design. You don’t always need a full-service package. Even small projects can use design input. If you can’t afford hiring a designer, you can’t afford the project.
Contractors are not designers. They may be design enthusiasts like yourself, but there is a reason they didn’t choose to work as designers. (Some firms do offer design and build services. In such case, you should check their qualifications for designing and building.) On the other hand, ask questions if a designers offers to act as a general contractor.