5 Ways to Freshen Up a New House

Updated January 16, 2017
After moving into a new home, take some time to freshen up the space. (Photo by Drew Shipley)

Quick ways to make a new house feel like home.

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Congratulations! You’ve just moved into a new house, and whether it’s new construction or just new to you, it’s time to put your personal stamp on the property. Making a space uniquely yours may take some time, but here are a few ideas on how to get started freshening up your new home.

1. Clean everything

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but after an exhausting move it can be an easy task to delay. However, cleaning the house right away will eliminate any remnants of its former occupants and give you a fresh slate to start.

Wipe down cabinet and pantry shelves, and remove or replace any drawer liners left behind. Scrub the refrigerator, microwave and other appliances, and give light switches, door knobs and handles a healthy spray of disinfectant.

Bathrooms are never fun, but they must be done. At the very least, tackle the master bathroom first, and clean the others when you can. Hopefully the carpets or flooring were deep cleaned before you moved in, but they may need it again after the moving dust has settled.

2. New window treatments

Oftentimes when you buy a house you’re stuck with builder-grade blinds or whatever the seller left hanging. Thankfully, swapping old curtains for new is easy. It’s also a quick way to infuse the house with your personality.

Are you a wooden blinds kind of person or do you prefer curtains? Do you like sheer materials or require blackout drapes? Selecting window treatments that suit your style will help breathe some new life into your house.

3. The power of smell

It’s hard to describe what “home” smells like, but you recognize it when you walk in the door. The smell of your home is unique and made of the business of everyday life. Cooking, laundry, people, pets, etc. — and it’s almost impossible to replicate immediately after moving into a new house.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Open the windows to “air out” any lingering odors and invite a fresh breeze inside. Then light your favorite candles, bake a batch of cookies, buy some fragrant flowers — fill your house with your favorite scents and it will smell like home in no time.

4. Color your world

A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference, and it’s usually a task that new homeowners tackle straight away. Painting a room is a great way to leave your mark, and it’s a relatively simple DIY improvement that shouldn’t cost too much.

Of course you don’t have to take on the entire house at once, but make a plan and schedule some time within the coming months to complete your painting projects. If it doesn’t sound like something you’re up for, consider hiring a pro for the job.

5. Stake your claim

Dogs mark their territory, why shouldn’t you? No, no, don’t dare mark it in the same manner as a dog, but instead add a touch of personal outdoor décor to let the neighbors know you’ve arrived.

Have a favorite stone goose statue? Dress it in its finest and plop it in the flowerbed. Love the wind chimes passed down from your grandparents? Hang ‘em with pride from the porch. Whether you fly your seasonal flags, hang a giant decorative tin star next to the front door or simply invest in a new welcome mat — don’t be afraid to display whatever it is that makes you smile when you pull into the driveway and say, “I sure am glad to be home.”

What else can you do to freshen up a new home? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below.

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