5 Home Decorating Tips for a New Homeowner

Home decoration is the time-consuming and stressful process. With the right planning, you can find huge success. Here are some tips that will help you convert a house into your home.

1. Decide your budget first
Budget dictates the look of interior works. When you can decide on the budget you can afford, you can easily find the right stuff or the home improvement contractors within the budget. Contractors usually have a variety of ways of doing interior decoration for your new home on any budget.

If you get started with the fancy decorating styles, cost overrun is highly expected.

2. Make a clear scope of work
When you can determine your requirements thoroughly, it will help you screen the right home contractor and also to give them a clear picture of your project.

The scope of works may include major items of works to be completed, the look and feel you want for your home, the amenities, fixtures and features that should be included.

3. Find qualified contractors
Make a list of potential contractors by considering the following items,

- Their profiles: Check their profile from third party data sources. Companies who are the member of industry associations, members of the Better Business Bureau or companies who have DUN's number are legitimate contractors. Also, check carefully if there is something wrong about how they do the business. You should also check the review sites such as Yelp or Google reviews to see if they got positive or negative feedback.

- Their past clients: You should ask them to provide references from past clients. Talk to their past clients to get more information. If possible, visit their past work sites and check their degree of perfectionism and decide if they will be a good match for you. 

- Their working style: If possible, visit their current work sites to see the real working style. Talk to their employees to see if they have good moral. Determine if they have good safety management in their current work sites.

4. Do one step at a time
Instead of messing up with all things at once, spread the project over a period of time and plan your own working strategy and do each part of the project at your own pace. This will give you enough time to see the results of each step.

You should make it clear how your contractor should report to you at each step and how soon they should report to you. Also, make it clear that your contractor will get paid only when they reach certain milestones.

5. Don’t buy all things in one go
You may have a tendency to go shopping and buying everything you need in one go. Because you think you will lose discounts on bulk buying if you don't do so.

Anyway, you should take your time and shop around. Only buy materials along each stage of the decoration process. By doing this, you can avoid the hassle of returning stuff you don't like or things that don't work the way it should be. Moreover, by waiting for some time and buying in stages, you will have the advantage of getting newly released items.

- McMillan, Katharine Kaye, and Patricia Hart McMillan. Home decorating for dummies. Vol. 178. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

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Last review and update: August 27, 2018

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Patty Benjabutr is an interior design enthusiast. She loves to write about actionable home decor knowledge because she believes interior design content is something much more than a collection of beautiful photos. You can contact Patty via e-mail.