First Time Buyers | The Essentials You Need For Your First Home

Purchasing your first home is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Finally, you have the keys! So, what’s next?

Unless you plan on moving the majority of your things and furnishings from your rental home, you’ll need to fully furnish your new home with all of the necessities. But where do you begin? We’ve put up this guide to walk you through everything you’ll need for your first home!

What do I need if I’ve purchased a second-hand property?

It’s important to consider what the previous owners have left behind. White goods, such as a washing machine, fridge/freezers, and even a dishwasher, are frequently included in home sales, and if these are left in the property, you will save a significant amount of money. The previous owners should have filled this out on the fixtures and fixings documentation, so you’ll know ahead of time.

If your new home has a garden keep in mind that while the previous owners may have left a lovely well-maintained garden behind they may have also taken expensive garden maintenance items along with them. A lawnmower, a shovel, a rake, a weeding trowel, and gardening gloves, are a few of the essential tools for upkeep. We would advise you to inquire about what kind of upkeep the garden takes and what tools you’ll need for the job from the previous owners.

It is also recommended to have the services checked when purchasing your new property. Although it is not something you must ‘purchase,’ it is critical to have fundamental systems such as the boiler, electrics, central heating, and windows inspected by a professional for your own or your family’s safety.

If you’re in a situation where the previous owners have left you with piles of unwanted furniture the best thing to do would be to call into a local charity shop, they may even pop down and pick up all the items for you! Alternatively, you can always hire a skip and get rid of the furniture you don’t want!

What do I need if just bought a new build house/apartment?

New builds tend to come furnished with a set of basic features. This will have been discussed with the builder at the time of contract signing. Integrated white goods in the kitchen, such as a fridge/freezer, dishwasher as well as a washing machine or dryer, showers, sinks, baths, tiling in the bathroom, light fittings and flooring throughout the house, are usually what’s included.

Don’t forget to confirm exactly what your new property comes with before purchasing anything for it. That way you can focus on buying the items you need.

What if I am furnishing my new home from scratch?

Don’t worry – with this first-time buyer essentials inventory, you will have everything you need for your new home! And, to help you prioritise what you need and where you need it, we’ve separated your basics checklist into rooms.

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