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  1. #1
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    essentials for a first time flat

    I may have my first flat in 8 weeks time, but i have no clue about what i need to go in it. Or rather I know what I want but I don't know what is essential.

    For example is a cooker essential etc. So any advice on what I need will be brill, so I can work out how much it is and save over the next 8 weeks.

    Thanks

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    Have you got anything at all right now? There's a lot people could suggest but might help to know if you've got some stuff already

    Oh and what's the flat like, could you get a washer and a dryer and a big fridge freezer in the kitchen or room for a half fridge and a bag to put everything in before heading down the laundrette?
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    Sorry I didn't think of that lol

    I have kitchen utensils etc but currently live with my mum so have no appliances.

    The kitchen is big enough for a fridge freezer, washing machine, dryer etc and a dining table, it also has a space for a cooker.

    I have got a TV unit for the living room but other than that I don't really have alot apart from bedroom furnitiure.

    I have a general idea of the things I will need in the long run, but Im asking what do you think are the real essentials i need to have to move in with.

    It is only a small one bed flat.

    Thanks

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    Microwave? Always useful although of course its not an essential
    Love Is Not Love That Alters When It Alteration Finds

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    While its best not to have pre prepared microwave meals all the time, the first short while after moving into a new flat can be awkward and busy etc, sometimes you dont have the time or effort to cook something in the oven, whilst trying to live a normal life, and go through a move, this is where the microwave becomes an invaluable tool.

    Moving residence is supposed to be one of the most stressfull things you can do in your life, even if it goes swimmingly, as you always have your mind thinking about the next thing you need to do or buy for the home.

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    You need:
    Fridge
    Cooker
    Microwave
    Freezer would be good but it's possible to live without one
    Kettle

    Somewhere to sit
    Pots
    Pans
    Cleaning stuff

    Don't bother with a dryer unless you've got nowhere at all to hang clothes to dry, much better to just purchase a clothes horse for a few quid and put it near a radiator.
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    As well as the stuff others have said, make sure you have some form of entertainment tv, radio, pc cos otherwise it will seem very quiet. Towels and bedding also essential.
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    It might be worth moving to a furnished flat as a first step

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    thanks for the replys guys, at least i have an idea of what to get, a furnished flat is out of my budget for now and my graddad is gonna give me a sofa so im happy bout that, means i can get the other esential stuff

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    Do you have access to any kind of van on a regular basis? One thing to bear in mind is that it's actually a pain to get ride of white goods - so things like fridges, washers, etc can often turn up for nothing on ebay, but pick-up only.

    If you'd have a way of moving them then you could try that as a cheap way to get some goods - and worth signing up to free-cycle in your area and posting looking for white goods there (if it's an option)

    You can search by location on ebay, at least you could, so you can try searching for a freezer nearby and see what comes up.

    One thing I'd really recommend is a bit of a survival kit - head down somewhere like Wilkinsons and grab a cheap hammer, some nails, some fuses, some screwdrivers, cellotape, some superglue, few things like that. It's surprising when you first move into your own place how many things are just tucked into draws at home that you didn't realise you'd need.

    Oh and bear in mind how the telly might be set up, if you're near one of the digital only areas remember you might need a set top box to get any reception if the telly isn't digital ready - though lots of help available if you're in those locations.

    I'll think a bit more, but good luck - it's great fun to get your own place for the first time, after you make it in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim V View Post
    Do you have access to any kind of van on a regular basis? One thing to bear in mind is that it's actually a pain to get ride of white goods - so things like fridges, washers, etc can often turn up for nothing on ebay, but pick-up only.

    If you'd have a way of moving them then you could try that as a cheap way to get some goods - and worth signing up to free-cycle in your area and posting looking for white goods there (if it's an option)

    You can search by location on ebay, at least you could, so you can try searching for a freezer nearby and see what comes up.

    One thing I'd really recommend is a bit of a survival kit - head down somewhere like Wilkinsons and grab a cheap hammer, some nails, some fuses, some screwdrivers, cellotape, some superglue, few things like that. It's surprising when you first move into your own place how many things are just tucked into draws at home that you didn't realise you'd need.

    Oh and bear in mind how the telly might be set up, if you're near one of the digital only areas remember you might need a set top box to get any reception if the telly isn't digital ready - though lots of help available if you're in those locations.

    I'll think a bit more, but good luck - it's great fun to get your own place for the first time, after you make it in
    Thanks for that, yes I have got access to a van, my other half just bought one so I can use that. I didn't think of the free-cycle thing. Im getting really excited now and its not for 8 weeks lol

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    And nearly forgot, but worth checking, see if your council has a recycling centre - admittedly the last one I went to was central london but it was insane, just old tellies and white goods stacked to the ceiling...
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    A fridge is essential and a washing machine really really handy if you can afford it. I've not had a dryer in my home for over a year now and it's far far back on my list of priorities. In fact, I have no plans to get one. Pretty much the same with a microwave but I know a lot of people disagree with me there

    Pots and pans are also necessary.
    A table and some chairs.
    Towels like Mist said (I stole a few from mom though).
    Mop or vacuum cleaner (depends on your budget/flooring which to get).

    Apart from what you say you own these things are the ones I'd think are the most necessary as a start pack. When me and my bloke started renting it helped to have some money saved up as we bought stuff as we needed it. We're still buying stuff for our home most months but have moved to a stage where things aren't as essential but rather stuff we're collecting or renewing (in better quality, hehe).

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    I have been looking on ebay for a washing machine, but if i can't get one I will take me washing home lol

    I'm also looking for a fridge! I have just looked at my local freecycle thing and am amazed by what people are getting rid of lol

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    Iron/ironing board?
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