Turning Your First Post-Military Property Into Your Dream Home

The number of Generation Z veterans using a VA loan to buy their own home has increased by 123% in a year. 16% more millennials have also tried to get a VA loan for a property over the past year.

This shows that young people leaving the military are keen to get their foot on the property ladder. As a veteran, you’ll be used to traveling around, so you’ll really want to put your stamp on your first permanent home. Here’s how you can do just that.

Creature comforts 

 large comfy sofa

A home is all about the comforts, so fill your new permanent abode with as many of the most popular home comforts that you can. 57% of Americans prefer showers to baths and this has led to more homeowners removing their bathtubs altogether.

But, you should relax and enjoy post-military life and the best way to do this is in a bathtub. So, if your home hasn’t got one, get one fitted as soon as possible.

Other home comforts to make sure you have include a large comfy sofa and a cozy love seat, good quality lighting, lots of soft furnishings, a solid dining table, and a warming fireplace.

Renovate & expand 

sunroom on the back of your home

Your new home is one you can do absolutely anything with, so why not go all out with some big renovations? You could knock down an interior wall or two to create a larger kitchen or open floor plan.

Or, maybe you want to add a sunroom onto the back of your home. It’s estimated that a sunroom costs between $25,000 and $75,000, depending on things such as size and features.

As a former member of the military, you’re likely to qualify for a Hero Home Loan. This type of loan can be used to cash-out refinance your home so you can make home improvements.

Or you could use an interest rate reduction refinance loan to lower your interest rate so you can save up for your renovations sooner.

Personal touches 

A photo wall in the room

The problem with military life is that every property you live in is temporary. This never gives you the chance to make it feel like yours. Now that you own your own home, add as many personal touches as you can.

A photo wall filled with photos of all your loved ones, fun times, and more will make your house feel like a happy home. You no longer have to live with white, cream, or beige walls now that you own your own place.

Show your personality by painting the walls in a bold, bright, or dramatic color. It’s anticipated that 2022’s interior color trends will include deep aubergine, citron yellow, and earthy green, so think about splashing one of these on your walls.

Owning your first permanent property is sure to be one of the most exciting times of your life. If you’re feeling a little lost about how to make your house feel like home, these tips will help.