Looking for the perfect house for you and your family can be a stressful process. If you’re a first time home buyer, you may be intimidated because you don’t know where to start or what to look for.
Many people avoid buying a home because the cost of the home combined with the cost of furnishing is too expensive. Let’s face it: everyone wants to furnish their new house to make it feel like a home.
The Kellys Parks team would like to offer you concrete steps to follow when furnishing a new home on a tight budget. We hope you’ll benefit from our “furnishing a new home checklist”.
Make a plan
When you visit a potential future home, make sure you have a pen and paper. Why? Because you will need to go through every room there is and write down everything you think the room needs. Start off with large essential items such as beds, dining tables, couches, chairs, coffee table and include smaller items such as lamps, picture frames, vases, garbage cans, ironing board, etc. By visiting every room in the house you’ll know exactly what you need to fill the empty space.
After planning your perfect home, it’s time to prioritize. This is the best way to furnish a new house. Rank your rooms in order of where you think you’ll be spending most of your time. This way you won’t need to fill every room at once, but one at a time. Your living room will probably be among the first ones to be furnished and made cozy for living.
This is the most important part of your planning. How much money should you spend furnishing a new house? First of all, determine what your spending per month will be, including mortgage, taxes, insurance, food, utilities and discretionary spending too.
After you’ve determined the spending, multiply it by three. For instance, if you’re going to spend $4,000, multiplying it by three equals to your three-month savings number which is $12,000. Anything left above this amount should be spent on furniture during the first round. The next round can be whenever your savings reach above the three-month mark.
Fill the room
When you have your budget and the list of rooms you want to furnish first, it’s then time to visit a furniture store to find the pieces of furniture you listed on paper. When you run out of money, start saving and then return to the list and continue filling the room. You can always resort to thrifting furniture from consignment shops or second hand stores for low-cost treasures.
Quality is important
Our recommendation is to pay attention to the quality furniture, something that will last for a relatively long duration. Rooms that you’ll be spending most of your time in require you to find furniture that might follow you from house to house. In other words, rooms you spend the most time in require “timeless” pieces.
Make sure you have a targeted approach and rely on prioritization. Don’t assume that a house needs to be furnished in a week or in a month. It’s important that you like the new home furnishings. Pinterest boards like home décor might help you a great deal when it comes to furnishing a home. Create a Pinterest board to begin the visualization process.
Furnishing is possible on a tight budget
We hope that you’ll find a perfect house with the help of our real estate agents and that furnishing will be easy. Feel free to contact the Kelly Parks Team at 813-579-2816! We will help you with all of your real estate needs!