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Moving into a new space often necessitates the purchase of a lot of things; the list of must-haves can get very long very quickly. Boxes are still waiting to be unpacked, but you’re so excited about making your brand-new apartment or house into a home that you’re spending days on Amazon, comparing a bunch of things and loading up shopping carts to see how much everything is going to cost. But buying everything you want right away is a mistake. Take some time first to get to know your new place before filling it with furniture or appliances. Here’s what you should buy right away and not before you even step foot in the door.
Better to check if you can get them delivered. Moving is messy, so your floors might be covered in flecks of packing peanuts. Get the broom, the mop, the vacuum, the drying rack, the pack of Tide Pods. All those clothes you shoved into your suitcase might need a good wash or iron before they’re ready to be placed in a wardrobe. While you’re at it, start stocking up on pantry staples. It’s fun to eat delivery pizza on the first day, but that gets old, and remember to buy spices, olive oil, extra pasta, and dried beans, all of the stuff that you’ll be glad you have when it’s time to make the choice between “cooking dinner” and “ordering takeout.” You can order food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies from the local grocery in advance, and arrange to have it delivered on moving day. Especially good if it’s one of those groceries that waive the delivery fee if your order is large enough.
Basic security cameras and robotic vacuums are compatible with pretty much any home and can be purchased prior to your move when you want to spread out expenses. But when it comes to what to buy after moving, wait on the smart device purchases that require you to have a specific set up in place. Remember that not all homes are properly designed for the installation of smart doorbells, thermostats, or smoke detectors. If you buy the device early it means that you miss the return-by date. You don’t want to make an expensive purchase only to find that it can’t even be installed. Most of the time right on the manufacturer’s website you can find directions for confirming the device’s compatibility. Once you move, research the device that you want in and verify that you have an existing set up that is compatible with its hard-wiring.
Take some time to stock your space with guest-friendly stuff because you are probably not the only person who needs to be comfortable in your home, and they can come all of a sudden. Maybe this means stocking up on coffee if you’re a tea drinker and don’t forget the sugar and creamer. Make sure every bathroom has a trashcan with a liner and a lid. Maybe you need to buy an extra set of bedding too: blankets, sheets, pillows, and pillowcases. Think about the people who might visit you in the future, and what they might need to feel comfortable when they are there. Avoid buying too many decorations. Sure you want to decorate your home, but as with the furniture suggestion too, it’s really better if you wait. This doesn’t mean leave all your walls bare, but it does mean to not hang so much stuff that there isn’t room to add anything new. Good decisions about moving into a new home come with new experiences. You can see a local artist’s work at a gallery in your area and would like to add it to your wall, for example. Filling up your new place before you get a chance to live in it gives you less room to fill it with new experiences and memories.
The more you can buy after moving, the less guesswork you’ll have to do with what will be a good fit in your new home beforehand. Fewer things you’ll have to worry about finding a way to bring along with you too. Stick to the basics for your move, and buy what you need or want for the new home after you’ve settled in. Choose the best pieces from your old life to display in your new one, and leave the rest of the space ready for whatever comes next. You’ll be glad that you did.