How To Be Happy In A Home You Don’t Like.

Published on 21st August 2014
After all the years of an ailing housing market, we’re once more hearing reports of new buyers being priced out of the market entirely. A recent survey revealed that rural workers would need a minimum of a 150% pay increase to be able to afford to buy a home in the area in which they grew up, and even in towns and cities many people are struggling to find the funds to purchase a home. So what’s the solution? Possibly, it’s lowering our expectations.

While most of us realise that compromises need to be made and that our ‘dream home’ will be a long time coming, if it arrives at all, it can be disheartening to find yourself living in a house that you really don’t like.

There are many contributory factors that come in to play when forming a feeling of dislike for your home; location; layout; decor; light levels; neighbourhood; the garden (or lack thereof); logistics in relation to work, schools, friends, family, amenities; or often a simple sense of disappointment. The key to overcoming the feeling is to identify its cause and then work to conquer it. After all; you bought the house for a reason, so you need to live in it and try to find ways to stop it from making you miserable while you’re there, regardless of the time period.

Four Ways to Make Your Home a Happier Place to Be

  1. Own it – Viewing a house as a temporary measure is a sure fire way to ensure that it never feels comfortable. Even if it really is a six month stop-gap and you don’t want to invest in the property, a couple of coats of paint can transform a home and make it feel clean, new, fresh, and yours. It can also add more than the cost of the paint to the resale value.
  2. Let the light in – Increasing the amount of natural light that enters a house can have a huge impact upon both the look and feel of the place, and needn’t always cost a fortune. Apropos’ minimum order value is £15,000, but for that you could add a small bespoke conservatory which would increase the property’s useable footprint and add an extra 8% to the resale value of the house. If you don’t want to use up garden space, you could add French, or folding-sliding doors and skylights, or simply increase the size and number of windows, allowing the light to penetrate more deeply throughout the house.
  3. Think outside the boxes – If you’re unhappy with the layout of the house, consider removing some internal, non-supportive walls (possibly replacing them with glazed Aprofold doors). An internal reconfiguration, turning poky corners and dark rooms into an expansive open-plan arrangement, can make an old home feel modern and new.
  4. Grow up – Make the most of your external areas. If you have a garden, use it! Even if it’s just for letting the kids play football. Having an outside area to retreat to can improve the mindset – clinical studies have shown that those with access to green spaces are less likely to suffer from depression. If you don’t have a green garden, use what you do have; plant containers, even if it’s just a window box. It will make your home feel friendlier.
If you’re ready to love the home you have then get in touch today. You can order your copy of Apropos’ 2014 Brochure here or call us on 0161 342 8206 to speak to our team.


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