Customizing Your New Home

Services for Real Estate Pros with Pulling Curls

One of the most exciting things about getting into your first home is being able to customize it to your heart's content. 

For many, this means remodeling parts of your home that need some TLC.  

However, home projects can take a lot of time and money. So if changing things up too much isn't quite in your budget, then adding your own flair with some home decor might be the best option for you right now. 

When you are owning your first home, you want to make sure you are staying within a budget. There are many ways to budget - but regardless of how you do it, you need to come up with one. 

Once you've determined your budget for home improvements, you can get started with your projects. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Cost to hire a contractor (if necessary)
  • Material costs
  • Time to complete project
  • Permits required

Not sure that you have much room in your budget for improvements? That's okay! Save up your money and have the end goal in mind. In the meantime, here are a few simple and relatively inexpensive ways to update your home. 

Painting - this is truly one of the simplest and inexpensive ways to update your home. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to your home. Repainting the doors, cabinets, or even the walls can really give your home that new look that you’ve been desiring. 

Look for sales at your local paint or hardware store to help ensure you get the best price on paint. You can always take home sample cards or smaller cans of paints to ensure you are getting the right paint for your project. 

Thrift Store Finds - If you’ve ever spent time in a thrift store, you will know how it can be a Mecca for finding those quirky and unique pieces to make your home even more unique. 

Sometimes it takes a little bit of hunting to find the right pieces, but it well worth the effort. Try and look for thrift stores that aren't in as populated areas, because the selection won't be picked over as much. 

DIY - DIY Home Decor is one of the best ways to make your home feel, well, like home! You can take a quick trip to Joann’s Fabric for some pillows and fun signs (don’t forget your coupons from Joann’s!). They will also have many of the things you need for smaller home projects. 

Or, you can make your own - there are so many tutorials online these days to help you make your own decor - the sky is truly the limit. Cricutting is one of the easiest ways to make projects you never could have dreamed of otherwise. All you need is an Internet connection, a little bit of patience, and a Cricut machine, and you’ll be on your way to starring in your own HGTV special. 

If you are more adventurous, you can save a lot of money by doing larger projects on your own. Just make sure you are well-prepared for the task ahead. Many homeowners find that beyond simple repairs and paint jobs, it's best to leave it up to the pros. 

Updating Hardware - If you have old cupboards that could use an update, you can make them look so much better just by updating the hardware. This is a general inexpensive fix that makes a big difference. 


There are many ways to make your new home feel more like you, and these are just a few simple tips for doing just that. 

Comments (8)

Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Hilary,

Those are all good things to do. Even if you paint a room Ravens purple, it is just paint & you can change it before you move. In the meantime, enjoy the heck out of it.

Dec 17, 2018 08:43 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s all about the customization and put in the soul into your home with your own special vibe!

Dec 17, 2018 09:40 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Thank you for sharing. Good luck in achieving your goals 

Dec 18, 2018 02:52 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hilary Erickson welcome to ActiveRain, and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Dec 19, 2018 12:32 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Welcome to ActiveRain, I hope that your participation here helps your business to grow.
Btw, I followed your blog, and would be honored if you followed mine.
Thank You!

Dec 20, 2018 11:09 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Welcome to Active Rain, a great place to learn, share, and network.  We bought one home with a Washington Huskies purple wall in the living room.  One of the first things we were planning to do was paint it, although we couldn't quite figure out the new color.  My wife bought some accessory pillows to match the paint.  No painting needed; we left the pillows with the buyers when the house sold.

Dec 20, 2018 11:29 PM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Welcome to ActiveRain. This is a great place to learn about real estate and get support for you as an agent or broker. (P) 


Make sure to become a Rainmaker if you are not one yet because that is how you will get a strong link back to your website. 


The public, consumers consisting of buyers and sellers of real estate will only see your posts if you have a Rainmaker account. 


I wish you luck on your online journey of marketing! 

Dec 21, 2018 07:33 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Jan 24, 2019 09:07 PM