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Stocking The Home For First-Time Buyers

That sense of relief you feel when you’ve finally overcome the massive hurdle of closing on your brand new house is misguided. In the midst of all the stress and signing, it’s easy to forget that in addition to a budget for purchasing a home, you also need a budget for everything that goes in it! Filling the rooms of your new abode down to the smaller household essentials is no easy feat. To help you on your journey to creating a space that has everything you need and more, we’ve set out some of the necessities you can’t forget when stocking and styling as a first-time buyer.


The kitchen is the heart of the home and isn’t complete without a few easily overlooked essentials. Tea towels, oven mitts and cutlery definitely make this list. As do a cutting board, can opener and set of measuring cups. Chances are, you’re not going to forget the toaster or kettle but the little necessities you can’t go without when trying to cook anything from an all-out three-course meal to the more humble baking of cookies.

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Living Room 

The living room is one of the rooms you’ll spend the most time in. It is also the main space you’ll entertain visiting friends and guests. You’ve probably spent hours carefully matching the colour of your couch to the shade of your curtains, only to neglect coasters, throw rugs and functional storage. Do yourself a favour and invest in a cute set of coasters to preserve that new coffee table, as well as an ottoman with built-in storage to store those light throw rugs – you’ll thank yourself when it comes to those chilly nights in front of the TV!


It’s unpleasant and no one wants to think about it but sometimes the need will arise for a toilet plunger. As a first-time buyer, this is one handy essential you can’t go without! Perhaps even more important for the bathroom, towels are the one item you can’t leave off your list. Don’t be shivering, sopping wet and forced to air dry!

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An extra set of hangers is the indispensable, often forgotten new home necessity! Nothing ruins the organised appeal of a large, sleek closet quite like clothes in piles, flooding out of drawers and draped over any and every available space. On this note, a full-length mirror is an equally essential item for the bedroom and the only way to ensure your outfits are on point.


Not only does it house many people’s most loved possession – their car! – it inevitably winds up as the holding place for any bits and bobs that don’t quite fit with the decor of the home. Whether its a quality toolbox, extra storage space or even that spare bottle of engine oil, the garage is the DIYers go-to for an extra extension lead, a drill and everything in between. As a first-time buyer, stock up on the essentials and be prepared for any kind of emergency!

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Are you a first-time buyer thinking of building your own home? iBuildNew can help you choose the perfect home design and builder to carry out the project. Get in touch on 1800 184 284 or book a call to get started today!

Kaylah Chesson

Kaylah is completing her final year of a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws degree at Deakin University. Her particular areas of interest include property and land law, home design and the creative arts.


iBuildNew is the market leading aggregator dedicated to residential home construction and land development. As an independent platform, iBuildNew helps Australians identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

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