You’re almost there! Welcome to your new house – one that you would want to turn into a home very soon. Whether you just moved to the UAE or are simply shifting your house within Dubai, moving involves many challenges, big and small.
Keeping that in mind, our checklist includes some practical new house essentials that will help make you feel right at home. Listed below are all the little bits that hold your space together and staple home appliances that go a long way to help pad-up your new nest.
Most new homes are bare except for some installed heating and cooling appliances. In that case, you have to start with a list of appliances that care for your day-to-day necessities. These appliances are grouped under Cleaning, Comfort, Cooking and Entertainment.
- Washing machine
- Vacuum cleaners
- Air conditioner
- Cooking range
Cleaning appliances include a vacuum, dishwasher and washing machine. Buying appliances is expensive, and once purchased you will be using them for a considerably long time, so you need to spend some time researching which to buy. It can be overwhelming to choose given the large selection of brands, features and options available. Decide the best option considering factors such as your budget, your family size, the duration of your stay (if you are renting) and convenience.
On ACE, you will find washing machines listed with easy to find attributes such as wash load size, brand etc. This makes it a whole lot easier for you to narrow down your choice. Similarly, check out our listing for dishwashers and vacuum cleaners.
Air conditioners rank at the top when it comes to appliances that make your life comfortable. Most new rental apartments and villas come with central air conditioning. For additional cool relief, especially during the peak of summer, consider getting a portable cooler for your shaded outdoor areas. For homes with pets and young children, an air purifier will keep bouts of nasty seasonal allergies at bay.
Appliances that are essential for your kitchen include a good cooking range and a refrigerator. Again, choices are galore, with gas, induction or dual cookers, to similarly for the oven, gas and electric options. When buying a refrigerator opt for one that fits the storage needs of your household. Your fridge should be able to hold a week’s worth of groceries and snacks for your family – but efficient enough so that you are not left high and dry with a big electricity bill at the end of the month.
Your living room is the social and entertainment hub of your home. New innovations in television technology has opened up a whole new way we consume entertainment. Smart TVs allow us to not only view streamed content but also game, surf and video chat.
You have not really lived in your new home until you have cooked your first meal in it. To make that happen, stock up on some of these staple kitchenware items:
- Set of pots and pans
- Dinnerware & glassware
- Cooking appliances
If durable and cost-effective is what you’re looking for then look no further than the Wilko range. With prices starting as low as Dhs 1, you will find a range of cooking tools and sets. Such as this 5-piece non-stick saucepan set for just Dhs 69
Home Organizations Basics
In the meantime, you can check-off these organisation basics from your shopping list. These essential items will take care of small everyday storage and setup tasks, and help you better ease into your new home.
Giving your new house some semblance of order can be hard in the beginning. Among the many layout challenges, you could face could be, placing your side table on the left or the right of the couch? Also, which side should the bed and cupboard face? And so on.
Some amount of rearrangement may be required before you start adjusting to your new setup and feeling it.
- Plastic storage boxes
- Extension leads
- Kitchen spice containers
- Basic tool set
Here’s a pro tip: declutter first and then shop for storage boxes. The biggest mistake most people make is buying storage boxes hoping that this will help them solve their clutter problem. Instead, edit your items: could be toys, makeup etc. and then buy an appropriate container to store what is left.
Home Décor Essentials
Unlike most home makeover montages onscreen and on TV shows, you can’t instantly transform a just-moved-into-house into a well-lived-in-home within a few hours or days, unless you have professional interior decorating help. It’s important to be realistic with your expectations – this will help you avoid the stress and resulting burnout of trying to get everything set up right within the first week of moving in.
Our list of home décor basics will help make sure you are armed with the essentials for your home. Feel free to add to this list!
- Curtain rods
- Bathroom set
- Picture hooks
- Pillowcases & bed linen
Wall art and photographs are a great way to make your home feel more personal and less like a hotel apartment. However, drilling hooks and nails can be challenging, especially if you’re renting the property. In that case damage-free 3M Command Hooks are just what you need.
Alternatively, houseplants are a great way to literally add life to dead corners in your home, they also help purify recycled indoor air and are a great stress buster.
If you are nervous of your green thumb credentials then start with something relatively easy and maintenance-free, such as succulents. Other houseplants to help build your confidence include Devil’s ivy (aka. the money plant), bamboo plant, spider plant, peace lily plant and aloe, to name a few.
Moving in and setting up your new home can be a stressful, so remember to take on each day as it comes.
Are there any other ‘essentials’ you would recommend for a new home? What was your biggest challenge when moving to a new home? How did you overcome it – do share on the comments.