People think that buying a house or building one from scratch is the tough part and that once you have taken possession and relocated, it’s all a cakewalk. The actual scenario is of course different. Buying the right furniture and installing fixtures and fittings is not easy and has to be done well before you move in. Sitting on an unpacked crate with a cup of tea held precariously in your hand in an unfurnished home are what nightmares are made of. Making your house good enough to live in should be on top of your “to do” list.
You will probably have a good idea of what you want, the style and colour schemes that you would like to implement. Even then, you should research the new and exciting things available in the market on home decor. Search the Internet and read home improvement magazines to get as much information as possible. This homework will also help you gauge which are the best shops or online stores to buy from.
When you go shopping, take all the information with you. Measure window frames, doors, and floor space so that you will have an idea about the size of the curtains and the dimensions of the furniture. Take a tape measure to be precise about how things will be placed in your home. Do not forget to ask about the terms of delivery and installation costs. Some shops take five to six weeks for delivery. Self-assembly furniture is usually 25 to 30 percent cheaper than finished furniture.
Must have Furniture Fixtures and Fittings
While drawing up your list, you can either choose to do it room by room or item wise.
- Furniture – Your must-haves will include sideboards, dining tables, sofas, chests, bookcases and armchairs amongst many others. The principles of buying each item will differ. For example, consider a sofa set which will be by far the most expensive piece of furniture that you will buy. If you stretch out on the sofa in your home, do so in the shop too, never mind if other customers look curiously at you. Comfort levels should be uppermost in your mind. The same applies when you buy a mattress.
- Bathroom fittings – This is space that you will be spending a lot of time in and hence, ambience and functional accessories should be on top of your list. If you have growing children in the house, look for sturdy and durable bathroom fixtures. A standalone tub is beautiful to look at but do you have enough space for it. Combine storage and vanity just above the sink to save on space. Towel rails and floor mats are other essential items that you should put on your must-have list. Visit this website for the best in bathroom fittings and fixtures.
- Other fittings – Fittings are not only about functionality, there is also aesthetics to consider that will make your home attractive. Buy paintings and mirrors that are not bolted but can be hung or screwed to a wall. It will give you the flexibility to put them in any room that you want. Lampshades, TV aerials, satellite dishes, carpets and curtains are some of the other must-haves for your new home.
Plan well, and you should have your new home up and running on well-oiled wheels in no time.