Make Yourself At Home

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Here’s how to make your new house feel homey and personal to you, from the moment you move in through your first year and beyond. 

As the saying goes, wherever you go, there you are. But relocating, even moving into the new house of our dreams, can feel a bit disorienting. Waking up in a new place can lead us to ask not only “Where am I?” but “Who am I?”

That’s why the very first things you should unpack are the things you most closely identify with — the things that bring you emotional as well as physical comfort. After you’ve found your toothbrush and towels, take some time to find a home for family photos, souvenirs and mementos. If you have kept any special objects — like mugs, plates or pieces of furniture — from your childhood home, be sure to find a place of prominence for them in your new place. 

As you approach decorating each room, consider starting with the walls. Paint the walls in colors you love. Following color trends is less important than using the palettes you find most comforting, soothing, exciting or fun. Remember, you are setting the scene for your own life, not a photo shoot. This is your home; you live here. Make it your refuge.

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As soon as the paint has dried, hang art. Art makes us happy. Again, make the pieces you choose to frame and hang up the things that bring you joy, not the things you think will impress others. What constitutes “art” is whatever we find beautiful. It’s your eyes that matter; you are the beholder. 

If you’re buying new furniture or rugs, consider comfort a practicality. Instead of choosing what merely “fits” into your space, be sure to select what feels as good as it looks. Surround yourself in softness and give yourself the room you need to relax. 

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Once you have the palette and pieces in place, add a little life. Literally. Bringing living things into your house makes it feel more like a home, both instantly and in the long-term. Plants, flowers and animals can all help foster a sense of comfort and joy. If you’ve moved into a house (especially one with a yard) you may finally have the space for a dog or cat, but even a fish tank can add vitality to your space. If the care and feeding of pets or houseplants feels like too much of a commitment, treat yourself to fresh-cut flowers. 

Each touch may feel small, but all help to create a sense of yourself in a place you call your own. After all, there is no one else like you and no place like your own home sweet home. 

Rocket Mortgage® by Quicken Loans® understands that it's more than a house, it's your personal piece of paradise. A place where you make new memories and traditions for years to come.

This is why the experts at Rocket Mortgage® created a home buying experience centered around you. They take time to understand your needs and are committed to offering a personalized, convenient and clear experience at every step of the mortgage process. They’re available whenever and however you need them, on your schedule. Just imagine how much happier you’ll feel in your home knowing your lender has a proven, award-winning track record of taking care of their clients throughout the life of their loan. This is the peace of mind that will help you and your family feel more comfortable and secure for years to come. And you can focus on making your house, home.

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