Kitting Out Your First Home: What Electrical Products Do You Need?

Moving into your first home is exciting – it’s an experience you’ll never forget. However, before you move in there are several things you’ll need to invest in.

Ensuring you have everything you need is essential if you want to have good, rather than disastrous, memories of moving day. With that in mind, electricals are the first thing you should invest in.

Large electricals

Some electrical products are more important to have than others. The main large electrical products you’ll need include:

  • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Cooker
  • Washing machine
  • Vacuum cleaner

Fridge/Freezer

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The refrigerator is the first thing you should buy; without one, you’ll really struggle to eat a good, balanced diet. A freezer is also vital and it’s up to you whether you invest in separate units or a combination unit that combines both. This will be largely dependent on the spatial restrictions of your home and the amount of food you need to store.

Cooker

Cookers come in both electric and gas options. The most popular types of cooker available these days have an electric oven and gas hobs, as gas hobs are easier to control and electric ovens are more convenient. However, it will depend upon your own personal preference. You can choose from dual fuel, electric, gas and range cookers when you go shopping.

Washing machine

If you live near a laundrette, you may be considering going there instead of investing in a machine. While this does have its advantages, it’s much more convenient to buy your own. There is a large range of washing machines available and all new appliances are built with energy efficiency in mind. This means you could actually save money if you buy a washing machine rather than go to the laundrette.

Vacuum cleaner

A vacuum cleaner is another essential. When choosing the right one for your home, consider the floor type. Do you have carpets, laminate flooring, tiles or a mixture of all three? Some vacuum cleaners are only suitable for carpets, while others have a range of settings.

Other electricals

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These are the main large electricals you’ll need for your first home, but other items you’ll want to look into include TVs and DVD/BluRay players, as well as smaller kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters and microwaves.

Always ensure that you shop at reliable electrical stores, such as AO, who can help you find appropriate appliances at competitive prices.

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