How To Be Happy In A Home You Don’t Like.Published on 4th October 2018
A recent survey revealed that rural workers would need a minimum 150% pay increase in order to afford a home in the area they grew up in. 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. The ‘dream home’ will be a long time coming, if it arrives at all. Which is why it can be so 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 falling out with a space you once loved. Location; layout; decor; light levels; neighbourhood; the garden (or lack thereof); logistics in relation to work, schools, friends, family, amenities or just a 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 once up on a time.
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 perceived problems.
Four Ways to Make Your Home a Happier Place to Be
- Own it – Seeing your home as a stop gap is a sure fire way to ensure that it never feels comfortable. Even if it really is a six month layover and you don’t want to invest in the property, a couple of coats of paint can transform any home. Making it feel clean, new, fresh, and yours. It can also add more than the cost of the paint to the resale value.
- Let light in – Increasing the amount of natural light that enters a house can have a huge impact on both the look and feel of the place. This needn’t always cost a fortune either. Apropos’ minimum order value is £15,000, but for that you could add a small bespoke conservatory. Increasing the property’s usable footprint and adding an extra 8% to the resale value of the house. If you don’t want to use up garden space, add sliding, 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.
- Think outside the boxes – If you’re unhappy with the layout of the house, consider removing some internal, non-supportive walls. You could even replace them with internal bi-folding doors. An internal reconfiguration, turning poky corners and dark rooms into an expansive open-plan arrangement, will make an old home feel modern and new.
- 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 own then get in touch today. You can download your copy of Apropos’ Brochure here or call us on 0161 342 8206 to speak to our team.
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