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5 Home Must-Haves You Should Never Scrimp On

No, it doesn't include expensive investment antiques!


In an ideal world, every home—big or small—would be clad in big-ticket furniture, high-quality homeware, and other pieces that would last for decades. 

However, the reality is, not everyone can afford extravagant fixtures—especially first-time homeowners. While there is no problem with buying affordable furnishings, there are important key items worth splurging on that will not only keep your home stylish but comfortable, too. 

Here are five things you shouldn't think twice about buying: 

Main photo from: Home Design Samples and Ideas

A reliable vacuum cleaner

Cleaning regularly is essential in keeping your home nice and cozy. Although a regular broom and dustpan can work wonders, it doesn't rid the floor of dust completely. Getting a good vacuum helps you quickly keep surfaces spotless without leaving any dirt residue.

RL Tip: It's also an easy way to keep your carpets fur-free if you have pets! 

Photo from How to Use a Carpet Washer to Clean Your Carpet via Ebay.

A touch of green

Aside from helping clean the air indoors with the extra carbon dioxide, houseplants create a calming vibe and help breathe life into any room. Consider choosing something tall and substantial over terrariums for a stronger statement. 

Photo from House and Garden Ideas: Home Deco Est. Design 2015

A deluxe mattress

Before spending money on a "forever couch," think about going for a good-quality mattress instead. Rest is an important part of our daily routine, so it's best to have one that will help you achieve deep sleep. 

RL Tip: Beds aren't one-size-fits-all. When picking out the perfect piece, take into consideration things such as body type, lifestyle, and the way you sleep to make sure it will suit your needs. 

Photo from SoDora

A high-quality paint job 

Whether you're renting or you own the space, peeling paint gives the impression that you're not taking good care of your home. If you aren't too keen on going the DIY route, you can always hire a team of professional carpenters to help you out. 

RL Tip: Choose neutral colors to open up spaces as lighter shades make a room appear larger. 

Photo from SparkNotes

Ambient lighting

Many people make the mistake of keeping their living areas underlit, thinking this gives a more relaxed vibe but actually, lovely displays are ruined by dark spaces. Don't forget to install recessed lighting in the kitchen, bathrooms, and living area to brighten up the place.

RL Tip: To keep you on the right track, make sure you have at least three points of light in every room (natural or artificial) to establish a welcoming atmosphere.  

Photo from Home Design Samples and Ideas

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