Moving into a new place is always loaded with emotions, ranging from excitement, nervousness, anticipation and confusion. It can all be a little overwhelming, especially at the beginning. This is why we have prepared a ‘just moved-in’ checklist that you can put in place whatever your budget.
Affordable alternatives to furnishing.
If you’re furnishing from scratch or need a couple more pieces to furnish condo, check out sites like Kijiji, Canada’s most popular free, local classified site. Buying pieces this way is often far more affordable than buying on the high street and may get you a one-of-a-kind piece. Make sure that you don’t forget to ask family and friends for hand me-downs too.
If you can, look for versatile pieces that will work not just for your condo but for any home. Anything that doubles up as storage works well and will provide that extra organisation.
Get to know your area.
When you move into condos in Montreal, you’re also moving into a distinctive neighbourhood, whether it be the eclectic Plateau or elegant Outremont. It’s vital that you feel at home in your surroundings. When you walk around your area, take time to figure out your new favourite haunts – great bars, breakfast places, late-night food spots, coffee shops and areas where you can walk and relax. It’s helpful to have a clear idea of the best places for groceries, whether there’s a large supermarket you can drive to for your weekly shop or a nearby convenience shop for your fresh fruit and veggies.
Treat yourself to flowers.
Flowers cheer up any room. There’s no need for them to be expensive – whether from the farmer’s market or corner store, indulge in a pretty bouquet to instantly make your condo feel more homely.
Stock up your cupboards.
When you come home after a long day, are too tired to head out and shop for ingredients, it’s handy to have some staples in your cupboards. Stock up with the basics, some wine, olive oil, salt and spices, and make something delicious like lasagne in bulk, saving some portions for your freezer.
Light some candles.
Lighting two or three scented candles will provide some cosy light to warm your bright new condo, and what’s more, will make your place smell great. For condos in Montreal, if you want to stay true to Canadian roots and are a fan of sweet scents, consider opting for maple syrup scented candles. The warm, almost woody fragrances lingers for a good few days and will make your home instantly welcoming.
Decorating a condo is a lengthy process. You might never feel like it’s ever ‘finished’ but it’s far better to decorate over a few months or years than all at once. This way, everything in your condo will have a story and be a more genuine reflection of you, your personality and lifestyle. Once you’ve moved in, focus on what you really need and everything else will fall into place.
However, here’s something important to note. It’s important to continue to focus on decorating, even if the changes you make are small and/or temporary. See your condo as a labour of love, which whilst constantly evolving is still deserving of some DIY and home improvement.