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3 Questions to Ask Before Splurging on Home Must-Haves

This is a must-read for renters, too!

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua and Dairy Darilag

Transitional homes are best for newlyweds because the space is fit for just the two of you. However, when you have kids, it's time to move into a bigger home where they can play, explore, and learn. If you are currently renting, we're guessing that you're a bit afraid to invest in home items and furniture.

To help you breeze through the process, interior designer and RL's associate stylist Tala Singson says it's best to consider asking yourself these questions first: 

Will I be able to take this with me to my new home?

Sooner or later, you will be moving out of your transitional or rental home. That’s why it’s best to have less built-in fittings and more freestanding shelves to make it easier for you to move things when that time comes.

Will I still want this in the future?

Just because you’re not planning on staying put doesn’t mean all your stuff should be disposable. It’s also good to invest in the big pieces like mattresses, six-seater sofas, and dining furniture, since all these will still be useful in your future bigger home.

Will it give my space a personal touch?

Your home should be a reflection of your personality. Since you can’t do any major renovations, you can focus on accessorizing instead. Consider purchasing basic fixtures like lighting and accessories that give your space a homey and personal vibe.

This snippet originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Log on to for more details. 

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