The Do’s and Don’ts of Furnishing a Holiday Home
Furnishing a holiday home is often something that families come to blows over. How much effort should go into your second home? You don’t want to lavish it with the kind of excesses that’ll result in a damaged bank balance, but you don’t want to end up sitting around in fishing chairs, watching a crackly TV from the 1980s. There is a fine line, but it’s possible to get it right if you use a few clever tricks that’ll keep your finances safe.
Decoration and Maintenance
Always buy smart, if you have to, and check prices on the Internet if you’re making a substantial purchase, such as several cans of paint and other decorating materials, or a new bed. Don’t just charge into your local DIY store and buy everything you think you need – it’s lazy, and you’ll end up spending more than you need to. Spending a few hours on Google evaluating your purchases (and, potentially, finding more suitable items) can be far more rewarding.
The most important part of a holiday home is its upkeep. Make sure you regularly check the structure of your property, and look for any signs of subsidence, mould, damp, or rot. Cracks and leaks should be dealt with immediately, even at the beginning of summer, and remember to make sure that all locks on windows and doors are in good working order.
Interiors and Furnishings
You don’t need that fluffy doormat for a holiday home. Neither do you need that wrought-iron bookcase, the wooden model of a chicken from the 19th century, or that designer stove. Luxury items are for your everyday home, not a home where you spend a few weeks once a year. Plus, less expensive items will be easier to replace if you’re burgled – something to bear in mind when furnishing a holiday home.
If you’re feeling especially financially-savvy, ask around before you buy. If you’re after items that you’d rather not splash out on, or know that you can borrow, take to Twitter and Facebook to see if well-meaning people will lend them to you. In the UK, sites like Freecycle and Gumtree are great for seeing what’s out there – especially Freecycle, as this clever site allows you to find hidden bargains for free. You can even request items in the hope that someone is willing to give them up.
Holiday Home Entertainment
One of the best ways to utilise a redundant video player (and accompanying videos) is to transport them to your second home. It’s not worth shelling out on a costly Blu-Ray DVD player that’ll only get used a few times a year. The best rule of thumb for furnishing a holiday home is never buy twice. Look at the items in your everyday home that could free up some space by being moved to another location, such as books cluttering up the living room, crockery, toys and linen. Always, always check what you’ve got at home before you buy anything for your holiday residence.
Of course, there is one way to do without all this hassle, and that’s to enjoy a break at one of England’s holiday parks! You won’t get the satisfaction of feathering a second nest, but you will get to enjoy the tranquillity of the English coastline without worrying about your gutters, so you get the best of both worlds.