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Your Must-Buy List When Moving into a New Home

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Your Must-Buy List When Moving into a New Home

 

Did you know moving house ranks among the top 5 most stressful life events you can ever face? You’ll face a new environment, there’s financial impact and the challenge of finding enough time to declutter and pack. All these factors make it very normal to feel anxious in the weeks or months leading up to a move.

 

But we can make the change a little easier! Let’s discuss what’s wise to have your new home’s shopping list so you can plan your budget and spend money in the right places.

 

9 Vital Areas to Invest in When Setting Up a New Home

Whether you’re moving from your parents’ house to your first apartment or buying your first home with your spouse, let’s take the guesswork out of the preparations. Our list summarises the most important items to invest in for your move, apart from basic furniture like your couch and office desk.

 

Follow this guide to simplify purchase decisions and prevent unnecessary expenses.

 

Smart Home Features

Using technology like smart home features can make life safer, less stressful, more economical and even eco-friendly. Imagine your new life with the ability to manage the following via your smartphone or laptop:

  • Security systems to monitor the property whether you’re home or not.
  • Thermostats with automated features to prevent unnecessary power usage.
  • The luxury of managing your TV and sound system from anywhere, so you can raise the music volume while entertaining guests outside.
  • From your office you can switch lights on or off and close garage doors that were left open by accident.
  • Control appliances so your coffee or dinner will be ready by the time you get home.
  • Optimisation of power consumption which lowers your carbon footprint and makes it easier to get off the grid by using solar panels as your only power source.

 

This change will make your new life convenient, but also increase the property’s value. If you should sell in future or need a roommate, smart home features are excellent selling points.

 

A New Bed and Bedding

When moving to a new home it’s best to set up your new bedroom with a new bed as well as home bedding. For one thing, you need to create a hygienic bedroom, with no allergens from your previous room affecting your new life. Also, most beds’ mattresses do need replacing after 6 – 8 years, no matter what the warranty says.

 

Furthermore, it’s wise to purchase a size bed that suits the room. Using a large bed in a small bedroom makes an area feel cramped and even a small bed can look out of place in a huge space. Since your bedroom is where you should feel most comfortable, make sure all elements you use work together to create an inviting environment.

 

In addition, pick new bedding starting from bed sheets and duvet sets to duvet bedding inners and new pillows. Creating a comfortable space includes making the aesthetics work and new home bedding makes it easier to decorate according to a theme.

 

Again, have an honest look at your current home bedding and you may realise it’s due for an upgrade anyway. Items like a duvet inner require replacement every 2-5 years and they trap a lot of allergens like dust mites, so best not to bring that into your new space.

 

Lastly, an important reason to invest in new beds and home bedding, including your duvet inner, is that linens and beds should suit the new space’s interior temperature. If the new house is colder or warmer in general than where you used to live, you may need alternative bedding to prevent hot or cold sleeping at night.

 

Emergency and Safety Gear

Safety of your new home is a top priority when planning your budget, so you can have peace of mind once you’ve moved in. Households differ in their requirements, but the following safety and emergency features are usually on the list:

  • First aid kit: if you own one at the moment, chances are that some of the medicine has expired, and you may not have all the essentials anymore. Rather buy a brand new kit, or install a lockable container that’s easily accessible during emergencies.
  • Smoke alarm: this isn’t a necessity in all homes, but any room where a fire could start should have one. For example, if South Africa’s loadshedding forces you to use a gas stove instead of electricity, perhaps it’s time to upgrade your safety features.
  • Fire extinguishers: having a fire extinguisher is a safety feature but you may also need it for insurance purposes, depending on your policy.
  • Safe: you can keep valuables off-site for safekeeping, but while setting up the new house, why not install a quality safe? Make the safe inconspicuous so there’s less chance of criminals discovering it in the case of a break-in.

 

Kit Out the Kitchen

For your kitchen, the basic list usually includes furniture, a kettle, a toaster, cutlery and crockery. When planning your kitchen’s shopping list, consider the following three elements:

  • Functionality: food preparation is central to your lifestyle, so invest in appliances and utensils that will make healthy dishes easy to prepare.
  • Community: having a large enough table and enough chairs help you set the stage for family dinners and hosting friends.
  • Hygiene: purchase all you need from bins to detergent to empower you to keep the kitchen germ free.

 

Window Coverings

Quality window coverings are worth paying a little more for because they serve multiple purposes. Apart from managing light conditions in the rooms, they ensure privacy while also helping with temperature control if they offer insulation.

 

We also suggest you consider how you can optimise spaces like a patio. If you install outdoor blinds you can gain an entire room, which helps you enjoy the outdoors more—even on rainy and windy days—and adds value to the property.

 

Home Maintenance Essentials

The joy of living in your new home can quickly disappear when you face an emergency in the middle of the night and realise you don’t own anything to solve the problem. Get the necessary maintenance items that are suitable to your new home specifically. Apart from cleaning items, consider batteries for all your new gadgets and appliances, as well as appropriate tools.

 

For example, most South Africans don’t need snowblowers, but some areas of the country can experience extreme cold and even snow. Apart from making sure you have a cosy down duvet inner to keep you warm, make sure you can clear the driveway to get out of the property.

 

Loadshedding Survival Features

Yet another situation you need to prepare for when moving within the borders of South Africa is loadshedding. You can set up your new home to be more convenient than your current setup during those loadshedding sessions we all dread. Pick from the following based on your lifestyle and preferences:

  • Gas stove to cook on.
  • Inverter to keep some equipment running and charge electronic devices.
  • A generator.
  • Solar panels to get off the grid completely.

 

These require considerable capital investment, but with loadshedding becoming the norm in SA, down the line you’ll be thankful you made the sacrifice.

 

Garden Equipment

Having plants is a smart way to create a healthy living environment, so invest in basics like a watering can and pots for indoor plants. Don’t forget to plan for the upkeep of the garden, or you’ll have unforeseen expenses in a few weeks or months.

 

The required equipment depends on the home you’re moving to but don’t underestimate what should be on your must-buy list. For example, you may need shears or even a chainsaw to prevent foliage and tree branches from damaging the side of a building. They can even give pests like rats easy access to the home when growing close to the walls. Keep all of this in mind when drawing up your garden equipment wish list.

 

Eco-friendly Living

Our last tip will help you save money and save the environment. As you plan each room and the garden, look for ways to make your new home more eco-friendly. There are multiple ways you can help save natural resources while saving money, such as:

  • Adding rugs to rooms to insulate the spaces so you require less heating.
  • Is there space for water tanks to collect rainwater for the garden, reducing general water usage and your utility expenses?
  • Newer models of kitchen appliances usually require less power.
  • Swap out old bulbs for LEDs that are more energy efficient.

 

Even by investing in bedding or bath towels that only need short cycles in the dryer you’ll save, proving how small changes in your lifestyle can have an immense impact.

 

Time to Add Comfy to Your Vendor List

Comfy can help simplify some parts of your upcoming move.

 

Browse our duvet sets, bed sheets, duvet inner, pillow inners and towel ranges and you’ll see all you need to create beautiful, comfortable spaces in your new home. Our ordering process is simple and you can customise the order to suit your exact aesthetic and practical needs.

 

Let’s help you get one thing sorted, so you can focus on the next item on your to-do list.

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