Setting up home in Hobart is an exciting experience! After all, you get a lovely setting, a pleasant climate, and a town that offers all the amenities and fun activities you could wish for. But the first year of marriage can be stressful all the same. Baxton Property Management has some sage advice for newlyweds who hope to settle down in Hobart.
Choosing the Right Place to Call Home in Hobart
Although you might be tempted to opt for the biggest and best home you can afford, leave a little room in your budget. Setting up home is an expensive business, and you don’t want to put strain on your relationship because of financial stress. If anything, settle for a little less than you think you can afford. You’ll be glad of the extra spending money.
However, don’t settle for anything too neglected or tumbled down just because its cheap. You’ll either end up spending a fortune fixing it up only to move out again in a few years, or you’ll end up with all the stress that comes from a leaky roof, dysfunctional plumbing, and so on.
That’s where Baxton can really help you. As local property managers, we can help you to find the home that will suit your lifestyle and your budget. And since we also take care of property maintenance, your new home will be fresh, clean, and fully functional when you move in.
Distinguish Between What You Want and What You Need
Getting everything you need to set up your home in Hobart can cause debt to mount up. The less debt you start your married life with, the better – so distinguish between the things you want for your home and the things you absolutely need. It would be a pity to buy that gorgeous antique side table only to find you have to bust your budget to get the rest of the house outfitted.
Getting the Right Furniture
You and your new spouse will probably have a few odds and ends with which you can begin furnishing your new home in Hobart. If you’re moving here from far afield, compare the cost of buying new furniture with the cost of moving it here. Sometimes, it makes more sense to start afresh.
Make a list of any existing furniture and discuss where you would like to place each piece. This will give you an idea of where the gaps you need to fill are. Remember: mixing and matching furniture is very trendy right now and you can also transform furniture with throws and cushions. Even completely mismatched furniture can look great.
Now, you’re ready to start shopping. Don’t forget to visit the second-hand stores! You can pick up some great bargains – but be sure to shop together. Even though your tastes might match very well most of the time, you may differ and need to compromise when it comes to furniture.
Have Fun With the Décor
With the basics now in place, it’s time to decorate, and this is where the real fun starts. Shop local flea markets and get creative with DIY. Shared projects can be lots of fun – and they’ll bring you closer together. There are loads of fun and easy décor projects to inspire you on Pinterest, or maybe your flea market forays have given you some ideas you’d like to try for yourself.
If you’d like to make any changes to the building itself – for example to paint colours – be sure to get written permission from the landlord or property manager. You’re most likely to get this if you opt for neutral shades. Just take a look at this bright purple house complete with purple fur-clad bathtub – it might not be everybody’s cup of tea!
As your property managers, we’re here to help – so if you’d like any advice on what you can and cannot do, just in get in touch with us. At Baxton Property Management, we’ll do anything in our power to help you to feel at home in Hobart!
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