There is generally a spot for a plant and a plant for a spot. When we get a match the plant will be happy for a long time. It is not to say that you can't rotate your plants around from time to time though.
Know your space, orientation, where and when the sun comes in. Some plants don't mind a bit of sun, where others don't. Do you have airconditioning, live near the ocean? These are all things to be aware of when finding a houseplant.
Most plants require a bright spot in the house away from heating and airconditioning. There are some plants that do well in positons with low light levels such as ZuZu Plant, Sansevieria and Peace Lillies.
POSITION AND LIGHT
Most people tend to kill plants with kindness, by overwatering! Plants inside don't need the regular watering like those outside because they tend to dry out faster. Always check the label on the pot when you buy your plant to find out how much how often to water.
Depending on where you live your watering requirments will be different. Water more in Summer and less in Winter. Give your plants a good water and then let them dry. A good test is by putting your finger in the pot and if the soil on the top couple of inches it dry then they may require a water.
Houseplants LOVE sitting out in the rain every now and then. It washes their leaves and rain water gives them such a boost.
Don't forget to fertilize your plants. A slow release fertilizer twice a year and then during the warmer months when all your plants are ready to take off use a liquid fertilizer in your watering can every 2 to 3 weeks.
PEST AND DIESEASES
Our plants may be susceptible to pest and dieseases over their life. Usually it is when the plant is under stress. Mealy Bug and Scale are the most common threat to our indoor plants. You can often wipe these off, or if there are a lot you can use a horticultural spray from a Nursery or Hardware store.
If you have any of these have a look for Ants. Ants tend to support the spread of the Scale and Mealies. Treat the Ants along with the others.
POTS WITH DRAINAGE HOLES
There are so many beautiful planters and pots on the market. Some have a drainage hole and can be planted directly into, others don't. We always recommend that those without drainage are used as a cover pot only. You can then take your plant out to water it. Also, you have more options to change pots with plants.
If you really want to plant into one of these planters use some pebbles at the bottom of the pot and be very careful not to overwater.
When repotting your plant know the needs of your plant. There is a potting mix available for just about every plant. For example, if you have a succulent or cactus ensure that you are using a well draining mix. There are a number of specialty mixes available.