Your Guide to Furnishing a New Home
Published on August 3rd, 2021

Buying a new home, especially if it’s your first, is an exciting experience! One made even more exciting when you think of all the furnishing possibilities. To avoid feeling overwhelmed as the moving date nears, it’s important to get an early start on your plan to fill the space of your new home. Follow our guide here for a straight forward way to furnishing a new home.

Organize Your Current Belongings

The first step to take is the one that many would prefer to skip: organize and itemize your current belongings. This step takes a bit of time, but that time is well worth it for the reduction of future stress. For everything you currently own, separate them into “keep,” “unsure,” and “donate / toss” groups. Using a spreadsheet will help you keep track of all your items. Once you’ve gone through the initial separation, go through your unsure group and take a good look to see what you truly need or want to bring with you.

List What You Still Need For Your New Home

At this point, you’ll now know all the furniture and decoration you’re bringing with you. The next step is to figure out what you still need to purchase. The big furniture is easy; you’ll know right off the bat if you need a new bed or dining table. The smaller furniture, such as shelving and decorations, is harder to make out. Visualizing your new home and where all your current furniture will be placed can help with this process. Knowing how your existing furniture fills the space will show you where the gaps are that you’ll want to fill.

Narrow Down Your Priorities

You may now have a long list of furniture for your new house that you need to buy. Don’t take that list to the store quite yet, as there’s still a bit more planning to do. Many new homeowners feel tempted to buy furniture one room at a time, but this isn’t ideal. If you don’t have all the money you need for all your furniture right away, you could end up with some half-furnished rooms. Instead, prioritize the furniture you need to have in your home immediately, like your bed or your couch. Wait until after you’ve bought all the necessary pieces to start buying items such as shelves and wall decorations. No one says you can’t have a bit of empty space in your home as you take the time to furnish it one piece at a time.

Furnishing on a Budget

Purchasing furniture for a new home can quickly become expensive. While we all dream of a home filled with gorgeous display rooms, that’s often not financially realistic. Here are some ways to purchase new home furniture without breaking the bank.

Second-Hand Furniture

Furnishing your new home with second-hand furniture is an excellent way to reduce the strain on both your wallet and the environment. Though you may not want second-hand furniture you’d frequently use, it’s a fantastic option for the pieces you aren’t worried about damaging through regular wear and tear. Shelves, lamps, tables, and more can easily be found in multiple places online, such as the Facebook marketplace or Kijiji. If you’re lucky, you’ll even find great pieces that are being given away for free.

DIY Projects

If you’re willing to put in a bit more work, DIY furniture is an exceptional way to pay less for a gorgeous setup. A few simple materials, a bit of paint and some online instructions are generally all you need to get all your furniture looking like it was made as a set.

Avoid getting overwhelmed and going over budget when you’re buying a new home. Instead, plan ahead and prioritize
your needs to create a comfortable and stylish setup in each room. Contact one of our expert REALTORS® to start the search for your new home today.

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