As some of you may know, I have started the journey of getting my own first house. It’s all very exciting, but also very stressful at the same time. There are so many things to consider when looking for any home. Sometimes, I wish there was a how to guide on what you should and shouldn’t do! I am really appreciative of the advice I have been given so far, but it can become so overwhelming. I have advice and guidance coming from everyone!
In the lead up to finding my first home, I have been making purchases to prepare. This is the best advice I was given, and I am so glad I listened. Buying things before you have even moved will help so much for when you actually do move. And it also gets rid of the extra expenses whilst your moving too. Because we all know how expensive moving can be.
One of my favourite things to do is look for homes online. Does anybody else do this? It really gets me excited and ready for my own house move. Some of my favourites are looking at Whistler homes for sale, and just looking at the beautiful properties there are in the world. I really love looking on Zoopla too. I get so much home inspiration from looking at home websites online.
As I am on my own first home journey, I wanted to share some advice on what to buy for your first house! So that you can be a bit more prepared!
GET THE BIG STUFF FIRST
If you’re starting from scratch like me, it’s always important to make sure you have the big stuff ready for when you move. As this is your first house, I’ll assume that you don’t have most of the big pieces of furniture you will need. Like a sofa, a dining room table etc.
If you want to save some pennies, have a look for second hand furniture. One of my favourite places to look is on Facebook market place. I got myself a really good set of drawers from there and it was like they were brand new. And not to mention the price was almost half of how much they would have been new.
It’s also handy if you have storage too. If you can buy the big stuff and store it before you move, it will make things so much easier when you move.
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The essentials when it comes to moving are boxes, small kitchen items like serving spoons, strainers, pots and pans etc. They are often the things people forget till last minute that they need. And really they are just as important as everything else. Buying all of this stuff before hand can really save time and stress when it comes to your first house move.
Essentials to me would also be things like toilet paper, hand towels, washing up liquid, soap and all of the other small things you will need on your first night in your new home. These things are often overlooked and then panic sets in when you don’t have them! So remember the big stuff, and the small stuff too.
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What things would you buy for your first house? Do you have any first house advice?
I would really love to hear your advice on this topic, because I myself am still needing as much advice as I can get!
Good tips! I did the big stuff first thing and it was such a help! I haven’t decorated but at least my house is functional. Toilet paper is a must! Lol and anything you would take for a week trip in an air bnb.
Thats such a good tip!
Bon Repos Gites
I usually take the contrary view and get the big stuff slowly after I’ve moved in and have a real “feel” for the space. Sometimes, I’ve not used the rooms in the way I had first imagined I would haha 😉
Thats very true, that could happen!
Bon Repos Gites
Hopefully, it will not happen to you! 😉 Good luck with your move!! 🙂
💜 A bed or similar is pretty handy on the first night too everyone; caught me out when I moved in…thought I’d done a good first day job then walked in to the empty bedroom late at night; thought ‘oopsie daisy’ and slept on the floor…the first thing I did the next morning was to purchase a new budget mattress from a charity shop run by The Salvation Army; yup, I guess a tick off check list of ‘What Don’t I Have and What Haven’t I Done 🤔 ?’ Essentials wouldn’t have Gone Amiss
Congrats on getting your first home! When do you move? Definitely focus on the essentials first as it can get a bit overwhelming. It can be a lot of pressure to buy everything at once and you might end up making rush decisions which you could later regret. I found it took me a few months after moving to get a good feel for the space and what kind of style would fit
I’m still in the process of finding a home actually, its really hard at the moment. The housing market is crazy. I can imagine it takes a while to get situated!
Ah hopefully you find somewhere soon!
Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader)
It has been so many years since I bought my first house! The biggest tip I’d share is buy the bare essentials and then wait to see what you need before buying more. It’s easy to just go on a spree and buy a bunch of stuff you think you’ll use. Then, years later you’ll be decluttering like me and wondering why the heck you ever bought some of this stuff.
If money is an issue, thrift stores are a great option to save money.
Hahaha yep! I can feel myself wanting to buy everything and having to stop myself! Thanks for the advice!
This brings back terrifying memories of spending thousands of dollars on all the things I didn’t need until buying my house. Furniture, appliances and a new roof were all bought within the span of a week. I hate watching my money disappear…but I love having my own place 😁
Ashish - Proxywords
My tip – Don’t buy all things at once. Take some time to guage your requirements.
Live in the space and chalk down your requirements 🙂
Second hand furnitures are save savers especially if it’s your first time. I moved houses in the Pandemic & has to do everything for the first time, so it’s really important to save as much you can where you are able to.
Great post Olivia🌼 Hope everything goes well for your new journey! x
Great read! Agreed!
Great post! I remember when we moved into our townhouse a few years ago, we used a storage bin as a coffee table & we didn’t have anywhere else to sit and eat our meals. Buying things ahead of time is a great idea because otherwise you’ll be waiting for deliveries for a few months like we did. And IKEA was our best friend! 😂
Jenny in Neverland
I haven’t bought my first house yet but I know I’m going to be totally overwhelmed when I do haha! The thought of buying the house doesn’t actually bother me, it’s all the STUFF that goes in it that scares me! Great tips x
My Rollercoaster Journey
I would buy the bedroom and kitchen items 1st
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Don’t forget to pick out curtains