Furnishing your first apartment can be a big challenge. There is a lot to consider and it’s important not to make any costly mistakes. Learn some simple rules which can help you plan carefully before you head to the store.
Are you renting your first apartment? Or you are buying your first home?
When you are planning to move in to a new place, there is a lot to consider. One of the major tasks includes buying furniture. As furnishing an entire apartment can be really expensive, you have to be pretty careful and checkout what all you ‘really’ need!
To make it bit easier for you, here are some rules which you should follow
Decide the Time Span for which you need the Furniture!
Do you need it for one year or for the long haul? The answer to this question will make a huge difference in your purchase. Usually, people opt to take the low-cost route when furnishing their first apartment. It is a wise decision if you don’t want to take the furniture along in your next move. However, if you’re looking for a little stability, you must invest in good quality stuff.
Plan your Budget and Stick to it!
Now this can vary from person to person. However, it is important to know that whatever your budget is, there is usually a way to find what you need. All you need is a little patience and creativity. So, keep it in mind and don’t overspend. Be firm on your decision and if you have some local connections, go for street finds. These are great when it comes to smaller budgets.
Measure it Twice before you Buy!
Whether it is a small item or a bigger one, before buying anything, measure the doorways, stairs, hallways, elevators, and the space where it has to be placed. Wondering why to measure all these spaces? Actually, whatever you purchase has to pass through these areas on the way to your new apartment. Draft an accurate floor plan to ensure that whatever you buy can squeeze into the space. For this, get into a habit of measuring it twice. Plus, take careful measurements of the kinks or turns in your staircase, especially if you have to haul large pieces of furniture up narrow stairways.
Don’t Rush; it’s Fine to be Slow!
As now you finally have a place to call your own, don’t be over excited and jump into buying all things together. Once you have paid the first month’s rent and security deposit, there are good chances that your funds become too tapped. Here you have to understand that it is no shame to live with bare essentials. So, initially you can go for a bed, or maybe a couple of chairs and a table.
So, now you have some rules to follow, it might have become easier to cut down on your furniture costs. Let us know what all you will purchase leaving a comment below!
Dawn Cole is manager of power and light apartments in Kansas City. I am experienced Senior Property Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Apartments, Financials, Sales, Team Building, Collaboration and Management.