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Essentials You Will Need For A New Home

Essentials You Will Need For A New Home

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When you buy a new home, the initial focus of your finances is all on the deposit, the mortgage and how much the bills will be. Once these fundamentals are in place and the keys to the bricks and mortar are in your hand, your attention will turn to the interior. You need a surprising amount of stuff to create a home, but a little savvy shopping can set you up with the basics whatever your budget, and you can then add non-essential items later when you have more cash to spare. Here’s our room-by-room guide to what you need to set up home.


Often the social hub of the home, the kitchen/dining area is the place that will demand quite a chunk of your budget to get you started – but it will be worth the investment if you spend a lot of time there. Basics you need if you’re planning to do at least a bit of cooking and assuming your basic white goods are already in place:

  • Table and chairs
  • Table mats
  • Crockery, cups and glasses
  • Cutlery and cooking utensils
  • Bottle and tin openers, and scissors
  • Washing up liquid, bowl, tea towels, cloths and scourer, plus a cleaning spray
  • Sharp knives and a cutting board
  • Saucepans, baking tray and a frying pan
  • Salt and pepper pots
  • Kitchen bin and bags
  • Broom and dustpan with brush
  • Kettle and toaster
  • Window blind

If money is very tight a visit to a second hand store, cash converters or a large outdoor market will find you bargains to snap up, and Ikea do a good range of inexpensive items to get you started. Many would also class a microwave as an essential.


Living Room

A living room is where you will likely spend your spare time, and so anything in here is strictly classed as an indulgence. However, the following basics will make you much more comfortable:

  • Sofas and chairs
  • Rugs and throws
  • Coffee and Side tables
  • Lamps
  • TV and stand
  • Curtains or blinds
  • Plants and pictures, for a personal touch
  • Storage of some form for books, DVDs and other personal effects
  • Music player
Essentials You Will Need For A New Home


A bathroom doesn’t really demand any more than a towel and your own personal toiletries, but for additional comfort you may want also to consider buying the following items, depending on need:

  • Cleaning spray and cloth
  • Bath and floor mats
  • Bin
  • Loo brush
  • Shower curtain and rings
  • Window blind
  • Laundry basket
  • Basic first aid supplies
  • Mirror and shelf or cabinet
  • Spare towels and face cloths


Whatever your budget you will need somewhere to sleep. A mattress on the floor with a blanket or duvet will get you going, but furnishing your home is about comfort and enjoyment too, so stretch to the following items if you can:

  • Bed
  • Duvet and pillows
  • Duvet covers, sheets and blankets
  • Bedside table
  • Lamp and alarm clock
  • Wardrobe and drawers
  • Curtains or blinds
  • Throws, rugs and cushions
  • Pictures
  • Bin

Other Stuff

Living requires other bits and pieces in the home that don’t necessarily fit in any single room. Think about acquiring these additional basics too, depending on where you home is and what outside space you have:

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Washing machine and dryer (by no means essential, but much more convenient than the launderette!)
  • Washing liquid or powder and fabric softener
  • Washing basket, pegs and washing line
  • Clothes airer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Basic tools for DIY repairs
  • Smoke alarm
  • Garden furniture set
  • Torch





About Cally Worden

About Cally Worden

Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, whatsapp plus,travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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