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Essential Items for Your New Home

When you’ve made the move into your first home or apartment, and you’re ready to get comfortable and nest a little, you’ll probably remember to get the major items like a bed or a sofa. But where do you start with the rest of it? There are so many little things that might not come to mind immediately. This checklist of essential items for your new home will get you started and settled easily.

 

Keys and Locks

First thing’s first: change or re-key your locks. Family, friends, neighbors, and who knows who else probably had copies of the keys thanks to the previous owners, so change them right away. Deadbolts cost more but are undeniably safer.

 

Kitchen

The kitchen is typically the nerve center of the house, so don’t neglect it. You’ll need a table and chairs, dishes, cutlery, glasses, and cups. Cookware and other tools including saucepans, a frying pan, a baking dish, potholders, a spatula, a ladle, a colander, serving bowls, a cutting board, a set of knives, a vegetable peeler, and salt and pepper shakers. Assuming the larger appliances are already in place, you may still need a blender, a toaster, and a microwave oven. And don’t forget the garbage can, sponges, dish towels, dish soap, cleaning supplies, and a fire extinguisher. If you need to get your hands on a complete set of housewares fast, you can rent them in sets.

 

Bedroom

The bedroom is probably the room you’ll want to set up first. There you’ll need a bed and pillows, and linens including sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and a comforter or bedspread. You’ll also want a nightstand, a lamp, and possibly a mirror. For your clothes, you’ll need hangers, a hamper, and a chest of drawers. Remember to keep your bedroom private with blinds or curtains.

 

Bathrooms

Most of the key elements of your bathroom will already be there, but you’ll still need to bring a shower curtain and rings, a bath mat, a rug for the floor, a waste basket, plenty of towels and a rack for hanging them. Don’t forget to purchase cleaning supplies, and possibly first aid supplies (they need to go somewhere, and the bathroom is the logical choice in most homes).

 

Living Room

In the main gathering area your first priority is ample seating for everyone, so you’ll need a sofa, chairs, love seats, and coffee and side tables to go with them. You’ll also need lighting, possibly stands for a television or other electronics, and blinds or curtains for the windows. Finish the room with throw rugs, decorative pillows and wall hangings.

 

Laundry and Utility Room

Hopefully, your home already has a washer and dryer, but if not, your laundry room won’t be functional without them. Other essentials include a hamper, detergent, fabric softener, bleach, an ironing board, and any other laundry supplies you need. This room is also a good place to keep basic tools and supplies including a hammer, nails, hooks and other hardware, flat head and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, a tape measure, a broom and dustpan, extra light bulbs, duct tape, batteries, a flashlight, and candles.

 

Outdoors

Outside you’ll need at least one garden hose, and possibly sprinklers or sprayer head attachments. Depending on what your yard is like, you may also need a lawnmower, a weed-whacker, a rake, a hoe, a watering can, a trowel, a push broom, a wheelbarrow, and a shovel for working on projects and cleaning up. If you plan on entertaining in your outdoor space, you’ll also want lawn chairs, a barbecue grill (even just a small charcoal grill is a great place to start), and patio furniture with an umbrella.

 

Keeping it Together

The simple act of moving is itself very stressful. No wonder it’s so easy to forget about so many different details! Fortunately, there are ways to make the process easier. It’s possible to rent a complete home package that’s both stylish and thoroughly planned, down to the last detail. Contact Fashion Furniture for more information about making your transition into your new home easier and less stressful.

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Tips to Save Money on Moving

So, you’re moving! You found a great new place, and now you’re trying to get from point A to point B—along with everything you own. Moving can be a potential money suck, but it’s a lot less stressful when your budget is low and you’re having no trouble sticking to it. Here are our best tips to save money on moving, so you can stick to worrying about what color to paint the bathroom in your amazing new home instead of your budget.

 

Pack everything yourself

 

  • Find free moving boxes in unusual places, like the grocery store and other retail places and around the office.
  • Use magazines and newspapers instead of bubble wrap and packing peanuts—just watch out for ink!

 

Purge your stuff

 

  • Donate old clothes that don’t fit, excess canned goods to charity, and claim a tax deduction.
  • Have a yard sale and make a few dollars on things you don’t use as much or need anymore.
  • Measure carefully; don’t move anything that won’t fit.

 

Review your utilities

 

  • Make sure you’re getting the best deal in your new place.
  • Buy a digital services bundle.
  • Opt for a peak hour energy plan.

 

Choose the right movers

 

  • Compare moving companies, and select reputable but affordable movers.
  • Rent the truck yourself.
  • Ask for a fixed price.
  • Move during the week, not over a weekend, and during the middle of the month. Look for cancellations if you’re flexible.
  • Watch for hidden fees.
  • Bring your own blankets for packing.
  • Don’t burn the time of the movers waiting for you to uninstall wall fixtures and things like that; be ready or come back and do those things later, if possible.

 

Lower move in costs

 

  • Revise your list of things you need in the new house based on what you truly need, not just things you want.
  • Rent furniture instead of buying to keep that list affordable.
  • Choose your shut-off dates wisely; don’t pay for extra time.
  • Sell boxes after you’re done with them.

 

Evaluate appliances carefully

 

  • Consider the age, color, size, and performance of your appliances before you move them.
  • Calculate the cost of moving them based on your moving rates and their size and weight; make sure it’s worth it.

 

Track your expenses

 

  • Keep a record of any money you spend that might be considered a home improvement expense so you can claim it as a deduction.
  • The same is true of charitable donations.
  • See if your homeowners’ insurance covers any expenses.

 

Insurance

  • Find out what moving perks you might have from your homeowners’ insurance, and make sure it applies to your new location
  • If it doesn’t, make sure your new coverage will be in place in time for seamless coverage.

 

Original packaging

  • If you kept the packaging for your computer equipment, stereo components, speakers, or other electronics, use it to protect your things during the move.
  • Sometimes you can find close proxies for your original packaging behind big box electronics stores.

 

Storage

  • If you need to find storage for some of your things, shop for deals in advance.
  • Look for moving/storage deals and combos.
  • Ask your real estate agent about deals and combos if you have one.
  • Check the paper and online for coupons.

 

Advance prep

  • If possible, get the new house ready before the move.
  • Paint the walls, make small repairs, lay shelf paper, and otherwise be ready before your stuff gets there so movers will waste less time (and money) on moving day.

 

Hit the dollar store

  • Stock up on your cleaning supplies for the move.
  • Look for basic items like sponges, brooms, blankets, and rags you might need in the move.

 

Ask for help

  • If you have friends and family who can help, ask!
  • Friends and family might be able to save you time packing, or watch your kids or pets during the move to save time and money.
  • If someone in your inner circle is handy, you might have a great resource you can tap into for making small repairs in both the new house and the old place instead of hiring a handyman.

 

Final thoughts

We hope some of these tips for saving money on moving are helpful to you. At Fashion, we’ve seen many customers through the moving process over the years, and we love it when we can help make the whole event easier! Reach out anytime with questions about saving money and getting a beautiful new look by renting furniture in your new home.

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