I’ll admit right off that I enjoy setting. I believe that through the place where someone lives and the things that s/he owns, you can learn much about personality. For instance, you probably know the meaning between a designer label and a knock off. If someone has the designer label, that means s/he cares about fashion AND can afford it. The one wearing the knock off cares BUT can’t afford it. And depending on what s/he wears, another character may not give a damn.
Possessions are a concrete way to develop character!
USE THIS PHOTO for inspiration. Where is this house? Who lived here? What possessions are inside? Were any left behind? Are the memories fond, brutal, sad, or forgotten? Why is it abandoned? Was it a divorce? A murder? Did children inherit the family home, but they all moved out of state?