There are so many leaps and milestones in life it’s hard to actually count them all in one go. They range from turning a certain age (18, 21 etc.), to getting married, to graduating from college or university, to getting your first job. Another exciting step in life is moving into your first home; be it a flat or a house.
Whether you’re planning to buy, rent from the council or rent privately, moving out for the first time can be just as daunting and confusing as it can be exhilarating. As well as getting together enough finances to cover the initial costs (such as a deposit) it’s always good to have a basic idea of what appliances and furniture you will need to buy to fill up your new place.
This may sound trivial but in the midst of the big move it can be easy to overlook certain aspects of your soon-to-be new home. For example: if you’re planning to move into a rented property it’s a good idea to have a list (mental or otherwise) of what kind of furnishings are already there. Many people renting out to others will pre-furnish their homes to make it easier for new tenants. This is especially true if the landlord or landlady lives in the property already.
But there are just as many homes which come unfurnished. This allows the new occupiers to fill the place with items they may already have (such as furniture in their bedroom if they’ve been living with parents) but it will also mean other items may need to be bought.
What to Buy, What to Buy…
The most common household furniture and appliances that will need to be on your list are usually kitchen-related, so you’ll need to buy a refrigerator, cooker, washing machine and other white goods.
But then there are other considerations. I mean, you want a fridge but what do you go for? Do you get a combination fridge freezer to save on space? Or will you be moving in on your own or into a small flat where a larder fridge (with freezer compartment) is best? What are you most likely to make good use of and – most importantly – what can you afford?
That takes care of the essentials, so what about more luxury or optional appliances? Are you likely to need a tumble dryer to make drying clothes easier? If you had one in your old place (or your parents did) then you may be used to having one. So is it worth investing in a cheap one and finding space for it in your new kitchen? Does a relative have a spare TV you can have, or do you need to buy one?
And let’s face it: if you can afford the space and money that comes with owning and running your own dishwasher then definitely go for that. Make life easier, I say.
Lisa Thompson has always wanted to own a dishwasher but never seems to get round to it. She’s sure Euronics will help her out as and when she takes the plunge.