Rent-To-Home: 4 Signs You’re Ready to Buy Your First House

4 Signs You're Ready to Buy Your First House

It can be difficult for apartment dwellers to resist the siren song of homeownership. After all, the allure is obvious: It’s a place to call your own, it probably offers more space than your current cramped apartment and it represents an escape from stinky and/or loud neighbors.

But a smart decision on whether or not to buy your first home is one influenced not by emotion and desire, but by cold, hard facts. A home purchase is not a decision to be taken lightly. Here are four signs that you may be on the right track for homeownership.

4 DIY Maintenance Tips for New Homeowners

Tips for New Homeowners

Buying your first home is a momentous life event and one you’ll remember for a long time. But owning a home is also a lot of work. The joys of homeownership may last for a while, but without fail, something will eventually, well, fail. It’s inevitable. A little proactive work can help for when things do go wrong. Here are four DIY tips every new homeowner should do that will prevent headaches in the future.

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Furniture Ideas for Brand New Homeowners

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A new home is like a blank slate, especially if you’re moving into one from the confines of an apartment. At this stage, your mind is running wild with grand plans and design ideas to make this new abode your own.

New furniture likely will play an important role in outfitting your home, but where should a new homeowner begin? All this new space! quickly becomes What do we fill it with?

Hm How-To: Wall Décor Ideas for Rooms with High Ceilings

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It can be difficult to decorate rooms with high ceilings. Take it from us: Here at Homemakers, our fireplace is so tall that we display furniture on the mantel!

Whether you’ve just moved in to your new home, or you’ve been there a while and the vaulted ceilings are still perplexing you, we can help. We talked to Brandon, a senior visual designer at Homemakers, and got the lowdown on some dos and don’ts for decorating your unique space.

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6 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors for your Home

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A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your home, and there’s a lot riding on this choice.

“There’s so much to be said for room usage, flow and function, but in the end, it’s the color that makes us feel” emotions, says Pam, a design consultant at Homemakers. “The whole idea is to evoke emotion.”

But choosing paint colors can seem like a daunting, if not impossible, task: Anyone who has stood in front of the wall of paint swatches at the home improvement store can attest to that.

We quizzed our design and style experts to come up with six tips for choosing the perfect paint colors. Read on to learn how to narrow the field of color choices and land on a final choice you’ll love.