5 new home essentials you'll need
Oct 12, 2017
Buying a new home is very exciting, and you’ll be counting down the days until you can move in. Being prepared is everything, but as well as making sure you’ve got enough in your savings to cover your deposit, other fees and charges, you’ll want to start purchasing items for your new home to ensure you are ready to hit the ground running and make your house somewhere you can call home. Not sure what you’ll need? This guide should help.
Curtains and blindsFrom day one you’ll want curtains or blinds up in your property so that you have some privacy and are able to get a good night’s sleep. When dressing your windows, you could choose matching ones or opt for different styling in each room. You’ll also have to decide whether you want ready-made curtains or have them made to measure. If you’re not sure on your long-term colour schemes yet, perhaps think about installing neutral coloured blinds in your bedrooms to begin with. Depending on your developer, you may be able to gain access to the property a few days before completion day, so that you can get your curtains and blinds fitted.
Kitchen essentialsWith a new build property, you’ll usually receive integrated white goods such as a fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer as standard specifications. However, there are several smaller items that you’ll want to buy in advance. For example, a good size kitchen bin is essential, especially in family homes, but you’ll want other smaller bins dotted around your home so that you can keep your home clean and tidy. As well as bins, make sure you’ve bought plenty of bin bags, and know where they’re located on moving in day, as you’ll have lots of packaging materials you’ll want to get rid of. Start putting together a box of kitchen essentials now, which may include:
- Can opener
- Bottle opener
- Sharp knives
- Chopping board
- Tea towels
- Cleaning cloths
You might already have some items, but you will need to buy others. A chopping board probably won’t at the forefront of your mind right now, but you won’t want to damage your lovely new worktop, so make sure you have at least one in your kitchen essentials box. You’ll need a decent mop, and if you don’t have a vacuum cleaner already, add one to the top of your ‘must buy’ list. You’ll want to give your new home a good vacuum from top to bottom, before you start unpacking your belongings, making sure every nook and cranny is free from dust.