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Critical Design and Maintenance Tips for First Time Homeowners

Owning a home can be hard, especially when it's your first time. Deciding on and eventually purchasing the home of your dreams is hard enough, but taking care of the home is a whole additional challenge! Today we are sharing some tips that have to do with regular maintenance as well as the interior design process!

When House-Hunting, Don't Get Blinded by Existing Decor

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

There are advantages and disadvantages to seeing a home with the previous resident's furniture and decor still in it. On one hand, you get to be inspired by the  decisions of the previous owners, but on the downside, you don't get to see the full potential of the room. Seeing an empty room really lets you see the whole space and allows you to think about how your own furniture and decor will fit into the space. Seeing what is already there can be great, but don't let it prevent you from thinking of your own creative ways to lay out a room!

Plan Your Design Style in Advance

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Starting out with nothing but some furniture from your apartment, you may have a lot of freedom in settling on a design style. A new  home is a mostly blank slate, and it can be intimidating to get started with new furniture and decor. The best way to tackle this issue is to find a few key pieces of furniture and decor that you really love, and base your other purchases off of that. If you are worried about getting pieces that will not work together, limit yourself to one central item for each room or area of your home, then base each room off of a single item.

There Are a Lot of Small Things to Clean

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

A home is full of small things that get dirty over time, and it can be hard to keep track of them all! However, some of those small things can get extremely dangerous to your home, at the worst, and at best it makes your home dirty and dusty. Most dangerous are cleaning out the dryer vent (the one behind the dryer that blows air and dust out), and making sure that all of your pipes are sealed, so that your home is not suffering from any water damage from faulty pipes. You also need to clean out gutters, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change filters in you heating and cooling systems, and clean under appliances. There are so many more things that can be listed, and many first time homeowners underestimate how many small tasks need to be done!

Always Have Cash on Hand for Repairs

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Even if a home is new or inspected or recently renovated, you never know what could happen. You should always save some of your budget from designing your interiors to be able to pay for emergency repairs if the need arises. You may need to repair or replace something in your decor, like a chair with bad stains or a broken lamp, but more likely you will need to fix some pipes, cracks in the wall, and other disasters that are hard to see coming.

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, Photography by Blackstone Edge

Buy Used and Go DIY for Interior Design

Furnishing your new home is expensive, so cutting costs where you can is important, especially after dropping a lot of money on your first home. When possible, it is a good idea to search around for deals and second-hand stores, where you may be able to find some older pieces in great condition or that you can fix up yourself. Speaking of doing things yourself, it is great to have a do it yourself ethos about your new home. Whether you are working on an old piece of furniture or trying to install flooring, applying exterior paint, or wiring parts of the home. As you long as you are comfortable doing some of this work yourself, you definitely should. If you have some reservations, then there is no shame in calling in the professionals!


Home ownership can be a challenge at first.  Hopefully these tips will help you as a new homeowner. If you are an experienced homeowner, leave a comment to all the newcomers about home ownership if we missed anything!