First Time Home Buyer Question!

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
1264 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’d say when we went from large apartment (1250sqft) to house, we did have to buy a few pieces but honestly we just let things fill out naturally. We only have a furniture set for a living room (so family room was empty for a while) but slowly, that room found it’s own purpose and began to fill up. First it was a wedding craft table, then some exercise equipment appeared, then the christmas tree…

I’d say besides some key furniture pieces and some decor, don’t feel like you have to fill every spare room up! It’ll happen organically!

Post # 3
5113 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

Well we went from 2 bedroom apartment (where the second bedroom was basically just a closet and craft area, it never had furniture) to renting a house before buying a bigger house. Things have filled up over time. When we moved into the house, we bought a king size bed to replace our queen. Then the queen became a guest bed, for instance. We’ve acquired a lot of things second hand from craigslist/facebook as we’ve seen good deals pop up, we also got some stuff my parents were getting rid of when they downsized. I made one big trip to HomeGoods for decor when we bought our house, but otherwise most of the stuff has also been accumulated over time. I’d say that as long as you have the essentials, like living room and bedroom furniture, you can tackle the rest in pieces. 

Post # 6
7854 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

sarathemermaid :  we went from a 2 bedroom apartment to an 1800ish sq ft house and I would recommend waiting and living in it for a bit and seeing what you really need and want. Our couch looked hilariously small in our new living room, but we just ran with it for awhile until we could get a good feel for how we used the space. Same with our little kitchen table in the dining room. We’re coming up on 5 years in our house and I can tell you it is 100% over run with crap and Stuff is like a gas – it expands to fill the space it’s given. 

Post # 7
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We moved from a 1 bedroom apartment to a (technically) 4 bedroom home with a basement. We moved in almost a year ago and are still working to fill up the space. We didn’t just want to buy a bunch of stuff on impulse so what we’ve done is prioritize areas.

We obviously already had bedroom furniture and we knew that the living room was where we would be spending most of our time  so a more appropriately sized couch for that room was our first purchase. We knew we wanted guests to be able to come visit as soon as possible so we prioritized buying a mattress and a bed for one of the guest rooms. You’ll figure out what you need as you go along.




Post # 8
47188 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Just don’t pressure yourself to do everything at once. It’s actually kind of fun to camp out in your new home with your old furniture while you figure out how you are going to use the new space. It saves you from making mistakes trying to do too much too fast. It also helps keep you from ending up with everything too matchy matchy.

Post # 10
6442 posts
Bee Keeper

sarathemermaid :  Honestly going from smaller to larger it will be great for you.  Personally I’d spend the first 6 months living with what you had before buying major pieces for the new house.  I bought one major piece when I moved into my house and it was the best purchase because I needed it but if I had a couch prior I would have waited to purchase a new one.

Post # 11
6565 posts
Bee Keeper

We budgeted ahead of time to include some furniture. We had a specific sofa in mind, had a table custom made (timed it so we picked it up the day after possession) and shopped slowly for the rest. Ex, we wanted 3 barstools. I waited until we found 3 that we liked and bought them. Bought patio furniture when it was on sale. 

My mom has a bed set she’s been waiting to give us for our spare room. It’s been 4 years and we still don’t have it, so the spare bedroom is still empty LOL. Luckily no one has needed it. 

Post # 12
2019 posts
Buzzing bee

We went from a 1,000 sq foot condo to a 2,000 house. I loved (and 2 years later am still loving) the process of filling everything in. We for sure had some empty rooms when we first moved, but that’s okay! It is a million times better to buy things as you go, once you really have a chance to live in and get a feel for the space. Plus, buying things as you go allows you to get better quality pieces since you can wait for sales. 

It’s been almost 2 years and we still don’t have everything. I’m still hunting for a foyer rug, still finishing the office (we have older furniture in there now that I want to replace), still need some art/knick knacks, still working on replacing the blinds in a few rooms, etc. 

You’ll end up much happier taking your time and collecting pieces to make your home, as opposed to running to a furniture store this weekend and buying everything you think you need.

Post # 13
2527 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

We’re moving on Friday from our smaller apt into our house. I agree that things will naturally fall in to place. Plus, you need to live there for a little bit to decide what furniture will work in the space anyways. I wouldn’t buy anything until you’ve lived there for a bit. 

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