First time buyer dilemmas

First time buyer dilemmas

By Rudolph Diesel 13th April 2016

You have saved for years to be able to put down a deposit on your first home and the long wait is over, you are on your way to owning your first place - what a sense of achievement! 

But the thing that most first time buyers underestimate is the scope of work that a newly purchased property will demand. 


  1. Before buying a property new or old make sure to look at the light fittings and switches as well as other fixtures to see what might need to be replaced due to general wear and tear or perhaps not being to your taste. 
  2. Do not be mesmerised by dressed/staged properties, look at the detail and make notes as you go through each room on your viewing. 
  3. Assign a budget to each room from a decorative point of view and keep to it. 
  4. Before buying any furniture, draw the furniture to scale and place it on a floor plan that is drawn to scale so you can plot the flow - you want to avoid buying furniture that is too big for the space. 
  5. It is easy to get excited but think about your home long term - Would you still like the colour or wallpaper pattern in 1, 2 or 4 years? 
  6. Avoid going with current trends, just because lime green might be in this season doesnt mean it will be in 2 years - be practical and remember whatever you do can have an effect on your property value. 
  7. Do not be scared to ask for help, most Interior Designers will be happy to assist even if it is just advice. 

Last but not least - remember to insure your property and its content.  It is probably one of the most valuable assets you will ever own.  

Painting Without Testing the Color First You see a color you like so you buy it and start painting your walls, right? Wrong! Colors can look completely different on your wall than they do on the paint chip. Painting swatches on your wall and seeing how they look in different light might postpone your paint job by a week or two, but it will save you so much frustration down the road.

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