8 Things You Need to Buy for Your New Home
When you’re moving into your first home, you may think that you can get by with the bare minimum, but that’s not necessarily true. While it’s okay to hold off on buying some items if you don’t have enough money to pay for them at once, others are worth investing in right away so that you can have them as soon as possible when you move in.
Here are eight things that every new homeowner needs to buy after they move in, whether they have enough money or not!
1) Essential Kitchen Appliances
When you move into a new place, one of your priorities is probably setting up a proper kitchen. While getting all of your cooking tools in order can be an enjoyable process, it’s also quite overwhelming—there are so many gadgets out there!
Fortunately, most of them won’t make a huge difference in your daily life. But some will. These six essential appliances will help you get started on preparing meals and snacks with ease:
A quality chef’s knife: This is essential if you want to cook well. If you don’t have one already, buy a high-quality chef’s knife as soon as possible. It should feel comfortable in your hand and not too heavy; balance is key here. And keep it sharpened at all times.
Cutting boards: Wooden cutting boards are best because they don’t dull knives as plastic ones do. Make sure to sanitize them regularly (even more often than plastic) by running them through a dishwasher or soaking them in hot water with bleach.
Pots and pans: Investing in good pots and pans makes a big difference when you’re cooking at home, but even inexpensive ones will work just fine if you need something quick or temporary. Just try to avoid nonstick surfaces, which release chemicals that could harm your health over time.
An Instant Pot: The Instant Pot is perfect for busy people who still want to eat healthy food. It works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and warmer—all in one device! As such, it can save you tons of time during meal prep.
Stainless steel mixing bowls: Look for stainless steel bowls with lids so you can store leftovers easily without worrying about food going bad. They’re also great for bringing lunch to work since they can go straight from the fridge to the microwave.
Glass storage containers: These come in handy for storing leftover foods and portioning out meals before you take them somewhere else. Plus, glass isn’t porous like plastic, so your food will stay fresher longer.
2) Building Materials
That’s right, you can’t build a home without material. Make sure you have enough lumber, nails, wood glue, and paint. And if you’re putting up brick or stone walls, you might want some bricklaying tools, too.
It’s also worth noting that your local hardware store may be able to help with any questions you have about the materials needed for your project.
For example, when planning my kitchen remodel I was able to stop by my local Lowe’s and ask an associate what materials I would need to complete my project. They were very helpful!
3) Decor Pieces
When furnishing your new home, it’s easy to get caught up in interior design trends. But it’s a good idea to keep things simple and not go overboard with decor and furniture pieces.
Focus on basics like sofas, coffee tables, bed frames, lamps, decorative accessories, and such that you can mix and match with future purchases. Opting for basic wooden items also makes them easier to repaint if needed or upgrade down the line when you have more money to spend.
4) A Comfortable Sofa
We spend hours upon hours in our homes every week. Whether we’re watching TV, reading a book, or getting some work done, we must have a comfortable sofa where we can lay back and enjoy ourselves.
It’s also an important piece of furniture because it serves as a meeting place for friends and family. Nothing beats coming home from work and sitting down on your comfy sofa with a nice hot cup of tea!
The right lighting can make a huge difference in your living space. Lighting creates ambiance and creates visual interest. It’s easy to fall in love with a house when it comes with amazing lighting fixtures. A good lighting designer can help you select lights that fit both your design tastes and your budget.
6) The Right Bedroom Furniture
There’s a lot of furniture you need in a bedroom. And with that many things, it can be hard to decide what you need and what’s just nice to have. That said, some pieces of bedroom furniture are truly essential—and they should all make it into your shopping cart. No matter what style you prefer or how big or small your home is, every bedroom needs a bed.
And we’re not talking about one or two beds; according to home decor experts at Decorist, most bedrooms need three beds: a double bed (for two people), an additional single bed (in case a company comes over), and sometimes even another kids’ bunk bed. This might seem excessive, but there are plenty of reasons why it makes sense!
7) Outlets and Outlet Plugs
If you’re moving into a new home, you’ll probably have several new electrical outlets that you’ll need to fill. Start your shopping list by grabbing some outlet plugs, which are cheap but essential pieces of equipment.
If your new home features GFCI outlets, make sure that any appliances plugged into them also have GFCI protection. You can buy special GFCI plugs or receptacles or use regular ones with simple pigtail adapters.
Bookshelves are a great way to show off and organize your book collection, which is why you need at least one. They’re also convenient if you’re an avid reader like me and like being able to access my favorite books without having to leave my bed.
One of the most exciting things about purchasing a new home is getting to furnish it from scratch! Take your time during furniture shopping, and be sure you’re able to buy high-quality items that will last.
While you don’t need every single piece of furniture in your home right away, it can help if you have a basic idea of what you need. After all, planning will save you money down the road. Now get out there and start furnishing your dream home!
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