Moving can be tough, but it’s even harder when it’s your first time out of home. We’ve rounded up the home appliances you’ll need to make your life easier.
Not only does moving come with the stress of packing everything, moving it and then unpacking it again, but you also have to purchase several appliances for the first time. There’s no way around it; this can be a pretty costly time!
This list includes the home appliances you need, as well as some semi-essential items for down the track when you have a little more cash on hand.
Fridge: Short of surviving on dried Mie Goreng forever, you’re going to need to invest in a refrigerator. Consider looking for a model which has a large freezer. More space to freeze items will help you stretch your food supply for longer. You can also keep any leftover dinners for nights when you’re tired, or the bank account is looking tight.
You should be able to find a decent fridge for under $500.
Washing machine: Unless you have access to a communal laundry, you will probably want to invest in a washing machine. Handwashing will only get you so far, and it will make life difficult when it comes to washing your bedding and towels.
Whitegoods aren’t cheap, but if you shop around, you should be able to find a decent model for about $400.
Microwave: No oven? You should be able to get by with a microwave to help you reheat food and cook meals. Microwaves are a user-friendly and convenient option that will help cook food much faster than a conventional oven.
Price-wise, microwaves differ when it comes to functionality, so do your research and find one that suits your needs.
A kettle: If you want to put together a cup of tea, they’re super convenient, but a kettle will also be handy if you’re time-poor. Kettles also make a great option if you don’t have a microwave for a heat bag and need to fill up a hot water bottle. A kettle can also be handy if you find yourself without hot water – use it to wash your dishes or make up some emergency noodles.
Much like microwaves, kettles vary in functionality and price. Do your research to find the best option for you.
Vacuum cleaner: Vacuum cleaners come in upright, barrel cleaner and cord-free stick models. The stick models are super popular right now, but make sure you choose the model designed to clean the floor type in your home. Vacuuming will not only make your place look cleaner, but it’ll also remove dust and other allergens that tend to flare up allergies and asthma.
Iron: Let’s face it, very few people enjoy ironing, but it’s an integral part of maintaining a good personal presentation. You don’t need a super expensive option, but buy one from a reputable brand to avoid burning holes in your clothes.
Toaster: Toasters are a convenient small appliance to have around, and you should be able to pick these up relatively cheaply. The biggest question: Do you want a two-slice or four-slice option?
Slow cooker: Save yourself some cash and reduce your cooking utensils to just one bowl with a slow cooker. These appliances can help stretch your meals further by allowing you to cook large batches of food in one go.
Television: This one comes down to personal preference. Televisions are so commonplace now that it’s not difficult to pick one up at a reasonable price. A good option if you want to keep up with your favourite Netflix shows on something other than your phone in bed.
Coffee machine: Caffeine addict? A coffee machine will help save you money in the long run. You should be able to pick up a simple machine for under $200.
Mixer: Like baking and cooking? A stand mixer is a great appliance to add to your collection. These will help you mix up your ingredients in no time.
Tips for buying new appliances
- If you’re planning to buy a few whitegoods at once, save yourself some money by grabbing a package. You might be able to grab a washing machine and a dryer in one package and save yourself hundreds of dollars over buying them separately. Kitchen packages like toaster and kettle combinations are also common, so keep an eye out!
- Befriend the sales team: If you’re heading in-store to buy your appliances, get talking to the salesperson and explain what you want. Stores like JB Hi-Fi are highly competitive, and making an effort to be extra friendly can often land you a better deal.
- Consider buying secondhand from sites like Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. You’ll often find the asking price is way under the regular retail price, and more often than not, the items will be in near-new condition.