First Apartment Decor Checklist

Congratulations! You now have your own apartment! Now, you’re looking to decorate. That’s where we come in! Prepare to be informed about the perfect, small touches to bring together your beautiful first apartment. To make sure we cover everything that is essential, we are going to break it down by each room starting in the living room.

Living Room

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     First, the entryway that is part of the living room can be spiced up with a decorative mirror. It adds flare and gives the illusion of a larger room. Possibly under that mirror is a bar table. This can by extra storage for anything and can be decorated with your own personal style of décor. Trust us; the bar table will be your answer to extra kitchen storage. The last essential for the living room we envision is a plant. Any plant brings life and adds the comfortable feeling a relaxing home.

Bathroom

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     Small baskets and containers in your bathroom will save your clutter. We all do the same thing when cleaning our bathrooms. We put everything in cabinets closed away to not be visible, but when we go in our bathrooms later that night, everything comes back out onto the counter purely because it is more convenient. Solve all your convenience problems by placing all your counter clutter in stylized containers and jars on the counter. Think of it as condensed clutter at your convenience. The other necessity to add to your bubbly bathroom is fancy candles. Not only will they bring a pleasant aura, but they also look lovely placed anywhere.

Kitchen

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    Décor in the kitchen is very important, because the kitchen is a congregating room. Obviously, the living room is the most used with guests, but think about how much time we all spend in our kitchen. Decorating your kitchen will also make you want to show it off making it an even busier room. Three décor items that will make a tremendous difference are wall treatments, affordable art, and believe it or not…cookbooks! First, pick some different patterns on some beautiful fabrics. Wall treatments normally are the decorating items that are a bit pricier than others, but because you will be using less fabric, it isn’t such a strain on your pocket. Now, most people think of artwork being a large part of the living room or bedroom, but we believe artwork in the kitchen is a huge addition. You can play around with the colors you’re putting up, and you can find all these wonderful pieces at affordable prices depending on where your shop around. Etsy and IKEA are both great places we suggest for reasonable artwork. Last stop in the kitchen is the countertop décor. Let’s all be honest here about how many cookbooks we have stuffed into our cabinets. Clear it out by stacking a few in the corner of the countertop for a cute, home décor that makes you feel better, and this might just encourage you to open one up every once in while. 🙂

Bedroom

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     The last room we’re touching in the house is the bedroom. To light up the room, you want to start with a stylish table lamp on your nightstand or dresser that adds your own personal pizzazz to the room. We always think of lamps as being an important décor item that is necessary and incredibly useful while bringing a glow to the room. Décor pillows on the bed will make a plain bedspread go from boring to beautiful. Play with different patterns and contrasting colors. This makes for a busy room giving the illusion that there is more décor without breaking the bank. The last part of the bedroom that changes everything is the floor; add a rug!! Rugs aren’t too expensive, and they can pull an entire room together.

Decorating is a huge part of moving into your first new apartment. This is the chance to style everything in your own personal way that will help you feel accomplished and continually inspired.

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6 Things To Think About When Moving Into Your New Home

Buying a home is a big investment, and moving is a painful process. You have lots of factors to consider: location, amenities, neighbors and schools, to name a few. Once the mortgage papers are signed and the keys are in hand, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that even immaculate resale houses may come with a long list of things to do before the property really feels like home. Here are six tasks to consider once you’ve purchased your home, along with ways that smart home technology can help make them even easier to complete.

Change the Door Locks.

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When it comes to securing your new property, it’s always a good idea to get new hardware and make sure you’re the only one holding the keys. You could rekey the locks or get a new lock set. Or, you could opt for digital locks, which open with a unique code and are tied directly to your home automation system. You get the ease of lock codes over keys, plus the ability to remotely lock or unlock your doors.

Install a Water leak detector.

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As a responsible homeowner, you likely had a home inspection done before you bought your property. Even if everything came back clean, the risk that water leaks pose to your home is still a concern. With a set of water sensors linked to your smart home system, you’ll get real-time information if a water leak develops. Maybe it’s a pipe that bursts while you’re away from home or a hard to detect leak under your sink. With water sensors installed, you’ll be notified if any problems arise.

Pick out the Pests!

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If you have a pest problem, sometimes the trickiest part of getting it under control is discovering it in the first place. The previous homeowners may not have known about the issue, or maybe they simply forgot about the “friendly” raccoon or other pest that likes to share your space. To address a potential outdoor pest problem, start with night-vision-equipped video cameras that are wired to detect motion. With home automation, you can check in day or night to see if any creatures are stirring. If you suspect mice are getting in to certain areas, place smart home sensors near those spaces, and set up an alert to be sent to your mobile device when motion is detected. Armed with the knowledge of where the vermin are lurking, you can call a pest control company and lead the staff right to the source of the problem. Not to mention, this solution is far more pleasant than waking up to a mouse caught in a mousetrap.

Inspect your Furnace and A/C.

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New homeowners should become familiar with their new HVAC system as soon as possible. A home inspector should take a close look at the duct work around your furnace for broken or torn ducts and excessive taping or patching. Also, spend some time near the furnace while it’s running — air should be moving through the system, not out into the room. You can also tie your furnace and AC unit into a digital thermostat that you can control with your smartphone or tablet. This lets you set the temperature when you’re away and also check in (like on extremely hot or cold days) to make sure these units are keeping your home at the temperature you’ve set.

Update your Lighting.

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Some homeowners prefer bright lights in every room, while others opt for minimal lighting and low-watt bulbs. Once you’ve lived in the house for a few weeks, you’ll get a sense of any areas where you want more or less light. To make lighting your home even easier, automate your lights using smart plugs, which will allow you to turn your lights on and off directly from your phone.

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