Monday, July 14, 2014

Essential apartment must-haves

When it comes to furnishing an apartment, first-time buyers and renters are often tempted to buy every piece of furniture and hardware in sight. But that’s not necessary. 

Prepare a cleaning kit of one multi-purpose cleaning solution, a broom, mop, sponge, a plastic basin or pail and many rags. Even if you won't be cleaning every day, the basin and rag will come in handy.

Here's what you really need for your new home...

Duplicate keys

Head to the nearest locksmith to have your keys duplicated as soon as you get them. This is especially useful for those who are often busy or are prone to scrambling for keys on the way out. Best practice would be to make two sets, one spare set to leave inside the apartment and another for a friend or loved one.

Basic utensils

Even if you don't plan to eat in that often, have a plate, fork, knife and spoon at the ready. Also keep a basic cooking set and a single burner stove, frying pan, a pot, a spatula and kitchen knife just in case. There will be days when delivery won't make it or certain meals that don't require ordering in.

Tools

Even with in-house maintenance, little things are best handled on your own. A basic hammer, flatbed screwdriver, a head screwdriver and pliers are more than enough for minor fixes. For the bathroom, a toilet plunger often does the trick for most clogged plumbing.

Cleaning kit

Prepare a cleaning kit of one multi-purpose cleaning solution, a broom, mop, sponge, a plastic basin or pail and many rags. Even if you won't be cleaning every day, the basin and rag will come in handy.

Extra bedding

After a long day at work, you deserve fresh sheets. Have sheets and pillowcases washed every week to two weeks. Even if a sheet doesn't have any obvious stains, it is prone to dust and dust mites. Rather have clean sheets for a better sleep.


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