Post # 1
I’m all about the nesting posts this week. 🙂
Anyway, we made our list of what needs to be bought or found for our new apartment and it’s long, with things like a small couch, a bookshelf, an end table, a dresser, pots and pans, a toaster, new dinnerware (not absolutely necessary as we have some, but it is chipping ceramic that is getting HOT when heated up from the damage) and a kitchen cart.
So, obviously we don’t have the money to buy all of this right away. I think pots and pans are at the top of the list, since we never eat out. Some things, like the dinnerware and toaster can obviously wait. But everything else really seems like it’s of equal importance to me…
what’s most important for you in a new home?
Post # 3
My first priority would probably be finishes; paint, carpets/rugs, lights, blinds/curtains, etc. I’d like to get the potentially messy stuff out of the way so I wouldn’t have to deal with it later when I was more settled. After that, I’d want bookshelves and picture frames to go up. 🙂
Post # 4
curtains! lol i’ve been changing in the hallway or the bathroom because we don’t have the money to buy shades for the bedrooms yet
Post # 5
Well I’m of the mind that I’m about to get a whole bunch of “stuff” in about a year for the wedding… so I refuse to buy anything I can register for. We have 7 plates, 3 big glasses, and 1 cutting board. It’s a huge pain in the ass… but I just dont see why I’d buy myself something RIGHT before some else will buy it for me (and prob buy nicer than if I was just trying to get some stuff to tide me over).
Other than that, we prioritized by how we’d use the rooms. We got new furniture for three rooms: great room, bedroom, and dining room. Great room and dining room because that is where we spend 90% of our time at home so we want them to be comfy and pretty. The dining room because its the first thing you see when you come in the house and I wanted it to make a good first impression. Everything else can (and will) wait.
Post # 6
@Corgi – if our wedding wasn’t two years away, I’d be doing the same thing! But there’s no way we can go that long without what we need. It makes me cringe thinking “what are we going to register for?!”
I like seeing everyone’s answers – luckily since we’re moving into a rental condo, blinds, etc are taken care of.
I think bookshelf vs. couch is the biggest “fight” in my head right now. We have so many books they’ll be piled on the floor otherwise (we have a built in shelf at this apt) but where will our guests sit with no couch or chairs?! And we need pots and pans for sure…
Post # 7
If your old couch doesn’t fit into your new living room and you have no other multiple-person seating, I would prioritize the couch, after the pots and pans. You don’t want a big empty living room with nowhere to sit! Next would be the dresser, if you don’t have any other drawers for clothes.
My head is spinning with all of the home purchases we have to make in the next few months and Fiance and I just started talking seriously about what to put on our registry; we’re going to start soon since we’re being thrown an engagement party next month (yay!). For us, our number one priority is getting a bed and mattress, and the mattress especially scares me because that’s one thing I refuse to buy used but they’re SO expensive unless you buy a cheap one that’ll be uncomfortable and wear out easily. Ugh. Next we’re worrying about the couch, and an armoire/dresser, then a dining room table and desk. Fortunately, like everyone bought my parents dinnerware, cups, mugs, and glasses as wedding presents and they still have so much sitting untouched in boxes, so we’ll have all of that under control! I already have some other kitchen stuff too.
I feel you on the bookshelf ordeal..I have two massive ones at my parents’ house, and before that, they were in a million piles on my floor. It was awful. That’s why we’re leaving my books and his books at home until we can actually afford a bookshelf. But even if we didn’t have the ability to leave our books at home, we’d still opt for couch above bookshelf. A couch seems, to me at least, like one of the most central and important pieces of furniture in a home.
It’s not easy to purchase all this stuff when you’re still a college student and have no money! :/
Post # 8
@veganglam – so true! I’m sure you have the same problem – our rent is a high percentage of our monthly budget. Most people aim for 20-30%, but ours is definitely about 50%. And then we have utilities, pet costs, groceries, my prescriptions – Pill and contacts, my cell phone bill, etc. So basically, when we want to spend money we save first. And even then, it usually can’t be a big ticket item. Which is why we’re Craigslisting so much!
I’m actually really jealous of your bookshelf situation. My parents moved to a retirement community with my grandfather after I went to college. It’s a junior two bedroom house that is about 700 square feet and they’re trying to fit everything from their old 1600 sq foot house into it, plus everything my grandpa owns. To say that my stuff does not have a place there is an understatement!
That’s awesome about your apartment party. My aunts threw one for me when I was 18 and getting my first apartment, and it was so thoughtful. They were really cute and creative with their gifts, and even though none of them had much money to invest in the bigger things, I still smile every time I see the cute little measuring cups my aunt got me.
Post # 9
Ooh, I wish my list was like yours!!!!
1) Replace A/C
2) Level and fix the crawl spce
3) Purchase a stove and fridge
4) Replace floors
5) Repaint kitchen and laundry room so we don’t have to move appliances in the future once they are in
6) Fix/replace the tile in the master and hall baths
those are the “must do” things. Paint is at the bottom but it’s like, hmmm, $25-50 a room or the $5000 a/c? haha
As far as decorating, I won’t even know until we move in.
Painting the whole house will become a priority…. as will probably more storage options, building shelves,etc….
Buying a house has made me really handy. I had planned on getting rid of my families old coffee table. It’s nice solid wood… but it’s very “traditional” and doesn’t fit our furniture. Well, I’m going to sand it down and paint it black, replace the hardware. So, for next to nothing, it will be awesome!
I would scour CL and local thrift stores and read up on how to DIY. Younghouselove.com always gives great ideas on how to take something really cheap and cruddy and make it look like pottery barn. haha
Post # 10
1) Paint (haha…our house was periwinkle and violet mkay?)
2) hardwood floors
But we already have comfy couches, a bedroom bed set, etc so we already have a leg up.
Post # 11
@KLP – wow, that’s a huge list! Are you hiring out or DIYing most of it? Our biggest problem is just the initial investments – I don’t care if we don’t have a dining room table for awhile at this point!
@ejs – yikes, do you have before pictures? that sounds, er, interesting. My parents moved to a house where every room had dark blue walls and mauve carpeting. It was a terrible combination!
Post # 12
The first two we’re hiring pro’s. We’re DIY as much as we can. For instance, the cost to install wood laminate flooring is about the same price per sq. foot for the materials. So, by DIY we save half… if we had to pay for that, we couldn’t afford it.
Luckily too, we have a connection for the A/C and so between that and the tax credit, it won’t be too bad.
Post # 13
@KLP2010 – good luck with your projects! The wood floors sound totally worth it. I hope you post pictures of your finished product.
I love hardwood floors, and really missed them this year! I feel like we wasted so much time on vaccuuming/shampooing the carpet that could have been avoided. So when we were looking for apartments, that was one thing I didn’t budge on.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
Last year we had no money and a new apartment with 0 furniture. Couch was pretty much last for us, honestly. You don’t get to entertain, but you live in the city, so entertaining isn’t a necessity. We bought a bar table that doubled as an extra kitchen work surface quickly and it was extremely helpful. I think we got the bookcase with the couch.
Post # 15
The couch would rank over the bookshelf for me. Maybe it was just because I was in a college town but I always had really good luck at thrift stores. I got a pretty decent couch that I actually really liked that served me well for a few years until I inherited my parent’s old leather couches.
I’m also more inclined to focus my energy on one room and get it to where I enjoy spending time in it. If I do one thing in the bedroom, one thing in the living room, etc and nothing ever looks “finished” it really bothers me. I would rather have a polished living room and sleep on a mattress on the floor since I don’t spend much time in the bedroom except to sleep.
Oh, and you definitely need pots and pans otherwise you won’t be able to save up much money because you’ll be spending it on going out for dinner. However, I would just get maybe one skillet that I liked and just fill in the other pots from the thrift store or where ever. It would be worth it to me to spend $30 now and then get quality pieces in a couple years after the wedding rather than getting decent ones now for $100+ and wanting to upgrade in a couple years anyways.
Post # 16
If your parents are finding it hard to squeeze in their belongings in their new home, is there anything of theirs you could borrow or buy from them? There has to be extra furniture if the sq ftage is about half!