Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. So before you walk through the door, decide on a plan and be sure not to put yourself under unnecessary pressure.
Your home will probably never be completely empty again, so once you have the keys and step into your very own place for the first time, take a good look at all the spaces – indoors and outdoors.
Go through each room and examine the structure carefully for any possible snags you may have overlooked when viewing. This includes problem areas with the floors, walls, windows and built-in cupboards. Be sure to make a snag list with any issues that need to be addressed before your furniture arrives.
Before any of your household goods arrive, give the home a thorough clean, paying attention to dust or dirt in hard to get to places.
Have a rough plan of the property ready to take notes of where your belongings need to go. Decide which rooms the various boxes and furniture need to go into. If possible, mark the boxes and furniture with coloured stickers matching each room so that your boxes and other belongings can be carried directly to those areas when the furniture van arrives. This will make unpacking far simpler.
When it comes to furniture, your first thought in the excitement of buying a new home may be to go to the shops and buy everything you need all at once.
Furniture, which includes appliances - is a significant expense, and you need to avoid this temptation at all costs. Buying furniture on credit will put you into a debt trap you may not be able to get out of for many years. Also, it's much more rewarding to build up furnishings over a long period. As you grow into your home, you will find the right pieces that match your space and your own style.
The rest can come later as long as you have the basics - such as a place to sleep, somewhere to sit, and a means to cook.