Moving into a new house is the start of an exciting adventure, and as time goes on, you’ll fill it with warm memories, turning your house into a home.
There’s no right or wrong way to furnish your new property, however, there are many things you can do to make the process easier so it feels less daunting, especially if you’re starting from scratch. To give you a head-start, we’ve covered some top tips below.
Preparing for the big day
Whether your house is a new build or an existing property, it will usually be empty when the keys are handed over, so planning ahead will be essential.
While fixtures including the integrated appliances and the boiler system may be catered for, you’ll usually need to purchase the furnishings and furniture yourself, and it may be wise to think about some of this before you move in!
Most home owners will spend time measuring rooms or ordering wallpaper and carpet samples before they start purchasing furniture, so they can establish their style; giving them a theme to work towards. This can all be done in advance of moving in so you get the ‘basics’ sorted, ready to add additional items.
Choosing your furniture wisely
Once you’re happy with your theme, set a budget for furniture. If you’re working with a tight budget, it may be beneficial to split your purchases into two categories, ‘essentials’ and ‘non-essentials’. For example, catering for your eating, sleeping and storage needs before purchasing non-essential items like paintings or a new speaker system for your living room.
Think long term… trendy and modern furniture may be appealing, but it might become outdated in a few years, so choosing more traditional, higher quality materials like wood and leather could be the best approach if you’re investing for the long-run, as they’re designed to age well and develop character over time.
Finding the best deals
While you may be tempted to buy new furniture at retail prices, second hand furniture can be bought for a fraction of the price online or in your local area, so it may be wise to join some communities on social media or reach out to family, friends and work colleagues in case they’re looking to sell.
Most items including chairs, beds and TVs can be bought refurbished, which will cost you less. Refurbished usually means second hand, however, the supplier will usually clean, repair and ensure the item is in good condition before it is sold.
There may be several opportunities for you to save money on purchases, so it may be worth doing your research before buying any furniture. Online or in-store, discounts can usually be found, especially when retailers are trying to sell old stock. You could also take full advantage of the best furniture deals by shopping during seasonal sales. For example, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas are all good opportunities to find pieces of furniture you love at a discounted price.
Once you’ve got your flooring down, your walls painted and your furniture ordered, it’s time for the finishing touches. Pictures and personalised trinkets will make your new property feel ‘homely’, as will soft furnishings such as rugs, cushions and blankets. Add these final touches to your home and get those housewarming invitations at the ready.
Protecting your contents
By the time you’ve moved in, you’ll have worked hard to make your house a home, so it’s important to protect it. If you’ve recently taken out a mortgage, you’ll already know that lenders insist you have buildings cover in place. However, when it comes to contents, your personal belongings may not be protected.
Contents insurance, as the name suggests, will protect your belongings against damage, loss and theft. This means that if your new furniture is stolen or damaged due to specific events such as burglary, fire or floods, you may be able to make a claim.
How can the Marsden help?
We’ve partnered with Uinsure, a home insurance provider recognised by industry experts for their care and dedication to customers.
Rated 5-star by financial research specialist, Defaqto; Uinsure’s award-winning home insurance product is available to Marsden customers and can be tailored to suit your needs, ensuring you’ll enjoy quality cover with a comprehensive range of features and benefits.
To find out more about Home Insurance with the Marsden and Uinsure, and to protect the things you love, please contact your local branch, or visit our dedicated Home Insurance page to view the policy details and get a quote online.
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