Home Essentials for First-Time Buyers

Maybe you’ve just bought your first home. Or maybe you’re moving away to university. These are some home essentials for first-time buyers that will save your life.

We definitely take things for granted when we live with parents. They have all the fancy gadgets you’d ever need. Automated tin-openers so you don’t risk breaking a nail. An entire drawer of pans so you can cook that banquet meal you’ve been meaning to do. It’s only when we don’t have these things, we realise how much we need them.

The first 6 months I lived in my house, I didn’t have a garlic press. I was finely chopping garlic by hand all that time. I still don’t have a colander, or tongs for turning sausages or whatever you do with them.

So, I’ve compiled a handy list of home essentials for first-time buyers of things you need (not want).

 

A Mattress

Mattresses can be very pricey. It’s also the sort of item that you don’t want to hand over £600 for. It doesn’t look nice, it isn’t exactly a home statement. Not like buying a nice dining table would be. However, a good mattress is an absolute home necessity. Please note the word ‘good’, too.

Mine and Jay’s mattress was in the Dreams’ sale, so we managed to get £200 off. A fairly good saving, until we bought the memory foam, extra luxurious pillows at £80 each. BUT, my point is you can get some great mattresses if you shop around.

First work out what you do and don’t like: hard or soft, feather, memory foam, gel, sprung, etc. Second, work out your budget so you don’t overspend. Once you’ve figured these things out, find the best mattress deals on Groupon or a similar site to get a great mattress at a great price.

 

Furniture Basics

Furniture can be expensive, so saving money here is ideal. Me and Jay bought most of our furniture basics on eBay or Facebook Marketplace. We only bought solid wood items so we knew they were good quality and would last.

In the picture below, the only things we bought brand new were the armchair and sofa. Everything else is second-hand, even the dining table which we got free!

 

living room with sofa and lighting

 

This is how our house looked a week after we moved in. It looks empty, there’s nothing on the walls, and we’ve since got a new TV. This is what I mean about essentials. We knew we needed a sofa, coffee table, a TV stand and a dining table, so we sorted all of those. The shelving, lighting (please ignore the bare bulb hanging out of the ceiling), and soft furnishings come last.

Since, I’ve added a rug under the dining table, a mirror on the dining room wall, a light in the living room, coffee table books and other decor, an oak beam mantelpiece, etc. None of these are home essentials for first-time buyers, but a sofa absolutely is! You’ll have to forget about home accessories for the time being. They look nice, but they’re not necessities.

Don’t forget, if you’re worried about cost, you can spread things out as a monthly cost. Our carpets and sofas are still being paid for monthly, as they can be expensive items.

 

Gadgets

Gadgets are another thing that can be pricey. I wouldn’t advise buying second-hand either, unless you plan on replacing the item within a couple of months. Gadgets includes a hoover, an iron and ironing board, a washer/dryer, a dishwasher if you need one, even a TV and a computer or monitor. These things can cost. Maybe not so much an iron, but other white goods are expensive if you want to get trustworthy brands which will last.

A hoover is definitely something you should spend your money on. A good hoover will make a whole lot of difference when you’re living by yourself. There’s nothing worse than having one that doesn’t pick anything up, or even worse throws it all back onto the carpet. Me and Jay have a Miele, a brand that I love and a great hoover. Anything to make the housework easier so you can get it done quickly!

 

I hope this list of home essentials for first-time buyers can help you when it comes to knowing what to buy. Prioritise what you really need, and can afford, and go from there!

 

*In collaboration with Groupon. 

Household Essentials We Still Haven’t Bought

We bought our house in January 2017, have been living there 4 months, and there are still so many household essentials we haven’t bought yet that we desperately need.

A couple of weeks ago, we finally started buying some home accessories. It was a great start and now we actually have a living room light!

However, there’re still a lot of household essentials we need. All of these things are driving me mad. They’re all little objects that help a lot in daily life, hence why they’re called household essentials. Here’s what we need to buy.

 

Blinds and curtains

When we bought the house, we had vertical blinds everywhere. They weren’t to my taste, but they worked and they blocked the neighbours’ vision into the house.

My biggest regret is watching Jay get annoyed with the venetian blinds when we took them down to paint, and seeing him throw them into the skip outside. I didn’t even try to stop him, and that was the biggest mistake we could have made.

Our window in our living room is wider than standard, so we’d need to pay for tailor-made. The blinds we had were perfectly good and useful! Now we have a pair of old curtains masking taped to the window frame until we can afford proper blinds and curtains (probably after the wedding).

Household essentials includes curtains and blinds

You can just see in this picture the curtains that are taped up.

I’d love some aluminium blinds for the kitchen and landing from somewhere like Ambition Blinds, and a Roman blind on the large living room window with floor-length curtains too. We’ll get there one day!

 

Wall lights

Our landing still has wires hanging out the wall where our wall lights need to go. I’ve even found some that I like but still haven’t got around to buying them.

Once we do have them, however, we won’t be able to use them. Why? Because we don’t have ANY blinds or curtains in our house (as explained above) and all the neighbours will see us doing the naked run to the bathroom in the mornings. Not ideal.

Stumbling upstairs once we’ve set the alarm isn’t ideal, so we do need to buy some ASAP, especially now it’ll be getting dark at 4pm.

 

Garlic crusher

A small and cheap household essential that I could probably buy tomorrow. But I haven’t got round to it yet and every time I chop garlic by hand I curse myself and wish that I would just buy one. But still, I don’t.

I also don’t want to buy a cheap one just because I need one. I want a nice heavy duty one that will last a long time and is easy to clean.

 

Utensil Holder

I love our kitchen draining board. I know it’s an odd thing to love, but it’s built into the granite and just looks smooth and clean. We bought a stainless steel drying rack for the draining board, but we still don’t have a utensil holder.

I’d like it so we can stand the cutlery upright while it dries. At the minute, they end up in a puddle of water, not drying. Again, a minor household essential, but still important.

 

I feel like I need to invest in all these basic household essentials before I go mad. They’ll make my life so much easier!