Post # 1
We’re supposed to settle on our first home in two weeks! Super excited, but also pretty overwhelmed at the amount of space we’ll need to fill / new things we’ll need to worry about compared to our apartment. The new home technically has 4 bedrooms (we plan to use one as an office), plus extra space like a basement that we obviously don’t have now.
We don’t plan to furnish the extra space right away. We watch enough HGTV that we know we want to live in the space for a little bit first to see what we need, but we do know that we want to at least get another bed sooner rather than later so family can come visit.
What things did you focus on first? There are things that I didn’t even think about (but my husband did) that we’ll probably want to tackle ASAP, like lawn care items…
Feel free to also share any advice you have for first time owners!
Post # 2
We made sure our bedroom was nice and that the living room and kitchen were ok (kitchen practical and living room cosey). A short while after that we did the guest bedroom so that our friends and family could stay. The biggest kick up the arse for us after moving from an appartment to a house was the damn garden! We just had to pay someone to come in at the weekend to sort it for us because it had gotten so overgrown, we dont have the time or the equipment to sort out that jungle.
Post # 3
Master bedroom and kitchen first. You havet to have a place to sleep and you have to eat, so that always tops the list!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
ela0919 : Like others have shared, we focused on our bedroom, kitchen, and living room, as those are where we spend the most time. Our front room isn’t completely furnished yet but looks nice enough (we have shelves and plants in there) but I’m still deciding what to do with it, perhaps turn it into a study and then convert our office into a nursery when it’s time… Either way, you’re right not to rush and buy things for the sake of filling space. We’ve been in our house for over a year and we’re still buying new pieces and thinking of moving things around.
Post # 5
A shed! If you have a garden, you’ll need one of these! If you’re decorating, you can put all your DIY and painting gear in there too.
Post # 7
ela0919 : My best advice is to not rush it. Get your necessary stuff, and choose other pieces as you discover what you need.
We lived in a 3 bedroom rental house, and we had some hand me down pieces (like bedrooms & office furniture) but bought new for a couple of rooms (living room set & dining room). When we moved back to our hometown we got rid of all our furniture because we moved into a furnished 1 bedroom condo while house hunting. We didn’t know how long it would take and we knew we’d want new stuff so no sense in renting a storage unit.
We went from 1 bedroom furnished condo into a 2550sqft house. Right off the bat we purchased brand new bedroom furniture for our master and one guest room. The other guest room, which was much smaller, got my old bedroom furniture from my parents house. We also bought the living room furniture, office furniture, and dining room set from the previous owners. They were all in great condition and we paid a fraction of what we would have bought new for. Frankly we couldn’t have afforded to buy the quality furniture new after buying the house.
We slowly replaced things we wanted to. A couple years ago we sold the office furniture and I bought new. We also sold the dining room set and had a new custom set ordered. The bonus room that was empty for 8 years got a brand new set of furniture and turned into a media room. I’m glad we waited as long as we did – because we were able to afford exactly what we wanted and went really high quality instead of getting items we knew we’d need to replace again.
Post # 8
You’ll probalby want to focus on where you spend the most time. Yes, I would probably get at least one guest bed but you don’t need to fill the guest bedrooms with furniture and beds. One bed will do. I would focus on your living room (or where you will be hanging out) and the kitchen (if you need a table). And your own bedroom. Save guest bedrooms or dining rooms for the end (outside of maybe one guest bed- if you regular have people stay with you. Yeah, you’ll want a lawnmower. But depending on how it looks, you’ll be busy enough I might just pass on any gardening until next year.
Post # 9
window coverings. you don’t want your neighbors to be able to see into your house at night when you have the lights on.
Post # 10
I’m in a similar position- looking to buy a house. When Darling Husband and I moved in together 4 years ago, we each had a 1 bedroom and we crammed all our furniture together. I HATE IT
It’s super cluttered with large furniture, nothing matches, everything is 10+ years old. The only thing I bought for the place we currently share is an ottoman for the couch (DH insisted and then never used) and a bookcase.
When we move into our house, I’m considering not moving any of the furniture that I now hate minus “his” couch, our hand me down Ikea kitchen table and our bedroom furniture. I feel like I’ll never replace it if we move with and I don’t want it any more. Trying to convince Darling Husband that we shouldn’t move it is a different story… He’s a hoarder of big stuff
Post # 11
My husband and I just did the same thing in November. Luckily we didn’t have to worry about lawn care items right away, but our realtor gifted us a leaf blower (which we definitely NEEDED) so that was really nice of him. Lawn mower, weed wacker, general gardening items you can get as needed. Inside your house, I would set up one room at a time. Focus on your kitchen or master bedroom first as that’s where you will spend the most time. If you are into second-hand stuff, I would suggest downloading craigslist, letgo, and anyother second-hand apps that you use and start looking for furniture. Only buy what you LOVE. This will make your house look like a ‘cohesive’ design. It’s now been 7 months and we have almost every room in our house set up the way we want it (currently going through a kitchen reno, so can’t count that). Just be patient if you are looking to get things second hand because something you LOVE will pop up and if you already have something that was just ‘convenient’ to get, it may be hard to justify buying something else.
Also, I completely panicked when all of our belongings fit into one room of our house from our apartment. It seemed like we had nothing. If this happens, just remember: A little goes a long way.
Post # 12
We did the same thing 1.5 years ago. You’d be surprise how fast the space fills up.
I would definitely concentrate on lawn care stuff- hedge clippers, lawn mower, shovels, etc. The lawn has to be mowed, and letting a garden get out of hand creates an INSANE amount of work. Also if you live somewhere with snow, a snow blower will be super important too, so I would save some money for that.
Definitely look around for furniture- see if relatives have pieces they are willing to get rid of, check garage and estate sales. You can always get pieces you really love after you settle into the house.
Also- budget for the unexpected. We had to put a lot of money in electrical and pumbing that we didn’t expect throughout the course of the first year here. We could have managed without extra furniture way easier than managed without water pressure or safe electrical.
Post # 13
Essentials first. The stuff you need such as beds, storage, kitchen and garden tools. Eventually move onto the bigger furniture pieces such as the couch, tvs, additional storage spaces. If you go mattress shopping, they usualy strike deals with you if you buy 2-3. You could buy all the beds for the guest room and just keep it there until you get a bedframe. It’s usually best if you happen to frequent the place to ask to see if you buy additional somethings that they’d be willing to discount.
Post # 14
I think we’re good on our master bedroom, kitchen, living room, etc. (although I’m pretty sure we’re going to put our current living room furniture in the basement and newly furnish the upstairs living/family room) – it’s just all the new places I’m worried about. And eventually updating our older things.
Lots of great advice so far. Thanks everyone! Keep it coming.
Post # 15
We bought ourselves an awesome king sized bed (apt bedroom was too small for one) and used the existing bed for a guest room. It was impt to us that we had a place for guests right away.
and we bought a new sectional. Old apt couch was FI’s from his bachelor days and was literally falling apart. We had the movers take it to the curb on moving day!
other than that, get stuff for outdoors. Lawnmower, hose, rake, shovel, flowers, trees, etc.