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I live in a tiny 600 square foot New York City apartment, and for the past three years, I’ve made do with my small quarters. I’ve added drawers underneath my bed, used benches to store workout equipment, and even put a three-panel divider in my kitchen to hide my exercise bikes.(Yes, I have more than one bike and an elliptical, too.) I’ve adapted to the renter’s life. Though come November, when it comes time to resign my lease, I’ve decided to celebrate a new chapter. The time has come to wave goodbye to my small space and hello to something bigger— the world of new homeownership.
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I work remotely; my desire for more space outweighed any want to stay in the city, so it seemed like the perfect time to become a new homeowner. Yet finding my dream home hasn’t been as seamless as I expected, so I’ve expanded my focus. In addition to finding my dream home, I’ve set my sights on furnishing it. From investment furniture to décor that speaks to me, I wanted to make sure I had everything I’ll need ahead of time. Smart, right? (It will be once I move in!)
Whether you’re like me and preparing to become a first-time homeowner or in the process of moving into one, here are 26 of the best things you need to buy for your new home.
1. A brand new mattress for your new bedroom
Before joining the Reviewed team, I worked in the home sector, testing nearly every mattress and mattress topper.