What You Need For Your First Home – An Essential Checklist

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What are the essentials for your new home? What items will you need when you first walk through the door?

When you leave your parents’ home for the first time, return from a time living abroad or transitioning from a shared house to your home, there will be items you didn’t realise you needed.  Here we take you through the list of essentials that you will be glad you have from your first hour in your home.  Remember there are those things you want when you are buying and setting up a home – then there are those things that you need.  Here we focus on those items that you will struggle to live without when you are getting on the ladder of home ownership. 

Storage

You want to be organised from the first moment you walk into your home.  You will have lots of storage spaces built-in – like kitchen cupboards and the boiler cupboard – maybe even the cupboard under the stairs.  But – where will you store your toilet paper? Where will your coats hang, and your shoes live? You can save yourself a lot of time when moving in if you purchase some storage bins, baskets and tubs to help you organise your possessions.

If you have these on the day you move in, you will be able to tidy and organise your possessions as you unpack.

Cleaning Stuff

The list of cleaning essentials might take the edge off the romance of your home move.  However, there are items you will need the moment you step inside your house or flat.  You will need a hoover, for instance.  Your movers would trail in the dirt even if the last inhabitants left it clean.  Therefore, before you start unpacking your items, you will want to give everything a thorough vacuum cleaning.  If there are hard floors, you may need a broom and dustpan instead – and maybe even a mop and bucket.

You will also need a whole host of cleaning cloths and products.  You will first need sponges, rags, cloths and squeegee for the cleaning of different surfaces in the home.  Then, you will need an oven cleaner, washing up liquid, washing powder, bleach, detergents and more.  Do an online shop and have these products delivered to your new home on the day you move in.  This can save you such a lot of stress.

The “weird” drawer

Your parents will have a drawer or cupboard in their home with a host of items you didn’t know you needed.  From batteries to candles, matches to extension cords, and more, this host of delights help make a home work.

You may have set out the perfect place for your TV but find that there are nowhere near enough plugs to deal with the equipment.  You will need extension cords and plug adaptors to deal with your tech.  You will be frustrated the first time you want to charge your phone and your laptop while switching on the lamp if you don’t have the right gadget.

Gather a bag of essentials, including cable tidies, surge protectors, plug adaptors, AA and AAA batteries for your remote control and smoke detectors, lightbulbs – and anything else your dad wisely suggests you will need.

Bathroom and kitchen essentials

There are things we need in our home from the get-go.  You will need toilet roll quickly to hand from the start, for instance.  You will also be glad of some soap and flannel, as the process of moving can be particularly messy. Even think about a bathmat and a shower curtain, your toilet brush and a bin for the bathroom.  Remember you will also need towels – the basic rule is 2 or 3 towels per person in the home and some spares for guests.

In terms of the kitchen, assuming you are fully kitted out with cleaning products now, you should focus on having a kettle, cups and drink-making items close at hand.  You would be best to move these in your car, in the first run to the house.  You will be glad you did when you start to work moving in your furniture.

Furniture

If you are moving into rented accommodation, you will likely have some of the essentials provided.  There will probably be a sofa and a bed and some storage items.  You do not have to create an interior design scheme when you first move in.  You will want to add in some homely details to make the place feel like yours.  When choosing these items, it is not about going mad – just a few things that seal the deal and help you feel at home.

 

 

 

 

Written by Julie Hanson

Julie is passionate about property – development, investment and portfolio planning. Along with husband Alec, Julie is actively building a property portfolio while helping others to do the same.

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