5 Things to Do After Buying Your First Home

By Floor & Decor

Buying your first home is a major life moment, and it’s difficult to keep up with the long list of tasks needed to be completed to have your home move-in ready. To help you get started on the right foot, we’ve put together a short list of must-dos for your new home. Check off a few, and you’re well on your way to a place to truly call your own.

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Paint the Walls

Never doubt the power of paint. Painting the interior of your home is a relatively easy and low-cost way to add a personal touch to your space. Painting your walls opens the door for new design possibilities and covers any wear and tear from previous owners and eliminates odors.

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Update Flooring Before Placing Furniture

Before placing furniture in your new home, it’s a great idea to update the flooring. Unless your home is new construction, it’s likely that the flooring has been in the home for many years. Replacing the flooring, especially with a durable and scratch-resistant material, can add longevity to your home while giving it a personal touch. Select [wood](https://www.flooranddecor.com/wood), [tile](https://www.flooranddecor.com/tile), [stone](https://www.flooranddecor.com/stone), or [performance flooring](https://www.flooranddecor.com/performance-flooring) to fit your lifestyle. Consider your pets, family, and the high traffic areas of your home. Choose from water-resistant, waterproof, scratch, dent, and stain resistant options that are equally stylish.

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Refresh Your Grout

Much like your flooring, if the home is not new construction, the grout is going to show its age. From accumulated dirt and debris, to outdated colors and designs, [a grout refresh](https://www.flooranddecor.com/tile-grout-installation-materials/mapei-ultracare-grout-refresh-M1140.html?dwvar_M1140_color=Alabaster&impressionList=tile-grout-installation-materials) is a low cost option for a clean start. With a refresh, you can change the color of your grout and revitalize old grout joints without a major overhaul.

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Update Your Vanity & Bathroom Fixtures

Make your new bathroom an inviting and relaxing space. While a whole-bathroom renovation is the ultimate dream, updated [lighting fixtures](https://www.flooranddecor.com/lighting), [mirrors](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-bathrooms?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Mirror&tab=icon-filter-tabs-7), [faucets](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-bathrooms?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Bath+Faucet&tab=icon-filter-tabs-7), and [vanities](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-bathrooms?prefn1=productSubtype&prefv1=Single+Sink+Vanity%7CDouble+Sink+Vanity%7CVanity+Base&tab=icon-filter-tabs-7) go a long way. Make these changes throughout a weekend to add character to your bathroom.

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Create a Welcoming Entry

Spruce up a tired patio or porch with [new stone and tile](https://www.flooranddecor.com/explore-outdoors?tab=icon-filter-tabs-1) to customize the exterior look of your new home, and make your entryway a durable and inviting space. When new neighbors and guests walk into your home, it’ll be a memorable standout with the addition of patterned tile, stone, or quality wood planks.

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If you’re unsure where to start in the design process for your new home, check out [free design services](https://www.flooranddecor.com/contact-a-designer) to get expert help every step of the way.

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