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Personalizing a Move-In Ready Home on a Budget

Move-in ready homes have all of the luxe upgrades and stylish touches of new construction homes without the wait time or added expense. The layout of move-in ready homes are already perfect, so buyers needn’t worry about spending a mint on renovations. Buying a move-in ready home does mean that you aren’t able to customize every single aspect of your new home, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be made to feel like you. You’ll just need to personalize it through your décor.

The biggest difference between move-in ready homes and new construction homes is that move-in ready homes don’t require any major remodeling projects, making it easier for families to move in right away. One of the obvious benefits of opting for a move-in ready home is that it’s much less expensive than building a custom home.  

We decorate our interiors to make the spaces where we spend much of our time feel homey. A move-in ready home can be thought of as a blank canvas that’s waiting for a homeowner to come in and individualize it. Decorating is one of the best ways to transform any house into feeling like a home.

Read on for tips on decorating your move-in ready home without breaking the bank.

Get what you need first.

Before you splurge on a piece of art, make sure you’ve got all of the furniture you need. A living room’s beautiful artwork doesn’t matter much when its centerpiece is a few sad foldable chairs. Spend money on the big-ticket items (a couch, a bed, etc.) before you get anything that isn’t an absolute necessity.

Repurpose what you already have.

Don’t feel like you need to toss all of your old décor just because you’re moving into a new home. Many of your items will likely work just as well in the new space. If you’ve got quality pieces that no longer feel like they fit your style, flex your DIY muscles to give your outdated pieces another life.

Take your time.

Decorate your new house in stages by starting with the rooms that are used the most. For instance, if you’ll be spending a lot of time in the living room, then tackle that room first. There’s no reason to rush decorating when you own the home. Decorating your home in stages will give you time to figure out what would best fill the house’s empty spaces as well as some added time to save up for the decorative items you’ve been eyeing. Figuring out how to decorate an entire home is overwhelming, separating the task into bite-sized pieces will help keep it manageable.

Consider purchasing secondhand.

Ask friends and relatives if they’ve got any old pieces that they’d be willing to donate. Hit up your local thrift stores and flea markets for unique and inexpensive pieces. If you’re not someone who enjoys thrifting, check out Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Oftentimes you’ll be able to find great deals on furniture that’s like new.

If you decide to splurge, splurge on what you’ll use the most.

If you’ve always wanted a high-quality sofa, this is an excellent piece to spend some extra money on. You can choose to purchase inexpensive lesser used items, like accent tables and side chairs.

Paint is your best friend.

Most move-in ready homes are painted light and airy colors that appeal to the majority of buyers. To add a little bit of pizazz to a room that’s used often, paint one of the walls a bold color to create an accent wall. If the kitchen feels drab, you can easily transform the space by painting the cabinets. Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to revamp your rooms.

Wallpaper isn’t just for walls. 

You can customize just about any piece of outdated furniture with peel-and-stick wallpaper. It’s an unbelievably quick and easy way to update a piece. Plus, it allows you to add bold patterns to your space by using items that you already have on hand.

Add some plants to the mix.

Bringing live plants into your home is an inexpensive way to add texture to a space. Plus, houseplants have a myriad of proven health benefits. Beyond the fact that plants add an aesthetic value, they reduce toxins in the air and improve air quality. If you’re cursed with a black thumb and can’t even keep a succulent alive but still want to add a touch of nature, opt for some realistic faux plants. They won’t purify the air, but at least they’re unkillable.

At Colonial Van Lines, we understand how important it is to make a house feel like a home. If you’re getting ready to relocate to a move-in ready home, we’d love to help get you there. We work with each of our customers to create custom moving plans that fit their needs and their budget. Our free rate quotes are built on honesty, integrity, and trust. They’re designed to protect our customers from falling into expense traps by helping them to plan carefully for their moves. This includes knowing what you should be prepared to pay before you sign a contract.  

Colonial Van Lines provides free, no-obligation customer rate quotes so you can see where your expenses are going before signing a contract. You give us an idea of your budget and requirements, and we adjust accordingly. We never hide service charges from our clients; you approve our services upfront. Request our rate quote today. Our team of experienced professionals will be more than happy to provide you with a transparent, competitive moving estimate.  

We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to call us at 800-356-1865 to consult with one of our friendly moving professionals or simply fill out our online contact form. From start to finish, you’ll have a reputable long-distance moving company behind you.

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