Buying a new home is one of the most exciting phases of adult life, if also one of the most stressful. Moving into a home, whether your first home or for a fresh start in a new area, is a great opportunity to reset – but it also requires a lot of grunt work to bring any home up to your own standards. This work can take time, but you need to be able to live in your home immediately. With this in mind, what are the first things you should do for your new home?
The kitchen is often one of the most intensive projects to adopt when it comes to new homes, whether doer-uppers or homes simply in need of re-aligning with your own aesthetic. As such, it's understandable that you might want to leave it for ‘later’, whenever that might be – but there are some parts of your kitchen that should take priority over any other move-in tasks.
For example, you simply cannot wait for a full refurbishment or re-decoration to stock up on kitchen appliances. A fridge-freezer, microwave, and kettle should be first on the purchase list in order to make your home liveable. Your budget might be slim for appliances, especially if you have a laundry list of renovation tasks. But, if you’re eligible for NHS Argos discount codes you can bring that cost down – and likewise with other professions, or even seasonal offers.
Naturally, your bedroom will be one of the first places you organise. Your bedroom should not only be fit for sleeping but should be actively curated to be a calming, relaxing space; there is no point in putting up with a sub-par bedroom where your restfulness is affected.
A good bed is a must and should take precedence over other items of bedroom furniture – especially since painting will be one of your first jobs in the bedroom. A nice calm colour that suits your aesthetic and colour palette can make all the difference for your comfort.
It is all too common for new homeowners to find themselves all moved-in, standing in their living room, and slowly coming to the realisation that they have nowhere but their boxes to sit. You might not think it in the midst of your moving plans, but living room furniture is essential. If you have serious plans for costly furnishings in the future, even a cheap sofa from Gumtree can tide you over in the first few months of your decoration.
Lastly, and yet most importantly, we come to security. Your new home might have locks in all the right places, but there are a few good reasons you should consider replacing or even upgrading them. For one, older homes might not have security measures that meet modern standards. For another, you cannot guarantee that other copies of your keys do not exist – justifying at least a changing of the locks to a fresh set of keys.