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12 Must-Haves for the First-Time Homeowner

Interior designer Jie Pambid reveals the top 12 things that every first-time homeowner should have

Photography: Dairy Darilag, Miguel Nacianceno and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

Owning your first home can be an exciting yet daunting experience. While you may be eager to start a new life on your own, it might be challenging to determine what is really needed for the first move-in. To make things easier for you, here is a handy list of the ten things that you need for your space.

Bed and linens
  • If you can only afford to purchase a few furniture items, then you should start with a bed. Immediately after moving in, first-time homeowners do not usually entertain, so living room furniture is not on top of the list. However, what you need is a good night's sleep after all of the hauling, lifting, and the stress caused by moving.

RL Tips: Invest in a good bed. Look for one that provides enough comfort and support. Some people like a soft mattress while others prefer a firm one. The trick here is to try on the mattress at the store to find the right one.

  • For the first-time homeowner, it is also important to have at least two sets of clean and crisp bed linens. One set to use right away and one set to keep as a spare. Ideally, bed sheets and pillow cases should be replaced once every two weeks (or maybe even once a week!) but since you just moved in, a pair will suffice. 
  • Next on the list could be a comfortable couch so you can invite some of your family and friends over. It would be nice to have a nice sectional sofa that more people can sit on, but a three-seater sofa could be enough. 
Refrigerator, stove, and a microwave oven
  • Every kitchen should have the important working triangle: a sink, refrigerator, and a stove. You need these to store and cook your food. 
  • A microwave oven should be considered next. Microwave ovens take up very little space and they help you save on time. When you are too tired from lifting your things and fixing your home, a good microwave could come in handy so you can easily reheat leftovers.
Personalized touches
  • New homes have a tendency to be dull, bare, and boring. Make your space truly your own by displaying your favorite things or taking care of a few potted plants.

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Pendant lamp, table lamp or floor lamp
  • While your new home may already have general lighting like drop lights and pin lights, you should think about mood or ambient lighting. Pendant lamps, table lamps, and floor lamps with warm yellow lights can dramatically change the feel of the space. You can start off with only one for the bedroom and one for the living room. 

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Bathroom set
  • You should have a towel rod, a towel ring, toothpaste and toothbrush holder, toilet paper holder and a soap dish. These bath essentials could help you keep your bathroom neat and organized.

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Cleaning materials
  • Equip yourself and your new home with a set of cleaning tools and solutions. Get yourself a sturdy mop, a broom, a dust pan, a brush or if possible, a vacuum cleaner. You should also have cleaning agents to help you maintain a clean home. These items usually come as an afterthought but every good homeowner knows that these should be part of the package, especially if you’re doing the cleaning yourself.  
  • Finally, invest in a good toolbox. It doesn’t have to be the toolbox that a professional should own but something that will help you fix stuff around the house that need minor repairs and something that you can do on your own. This toolbox should contain at least a hammer, a flathead screwdriver and a Philips screwdriver, a wrench, a pair of pliers, a steel tape measure and electrical tape. 

Ready to spruce up your new home? Interior designer Jie Pambid may be reached through his design firm, J.P. Lake & Associates. J.P. Lake & Associates is located at Unit 6F, Tower A, Kingwood Condominium, Vito Cruz Extension, Makati City. You may call the office at (02) 822 0473.

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