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Decorating and furnishing your home

Welcome to your new home.

Here are a few things you’ll need to know and ideas that can help you decorate and furnish your new home without breaking the bank.

Painting and filling

Before painting fill any small holes and dents you find in the walls. These can be repaired using common wall filler. Always clear rooms if you can before painting.

Carpets and flooring

Generally our properties are let without carpets or other floor coverings. It’s always a good idea to have carpets or flooring fitted after other decorating to avoid staining.

Appliances and furniture

Our properties are unfurnished. This means they don’t come with cookers, washing machines, floor coverings, fridges, freezers, dishwashers, sofas or any other furnishings.

Keeping the cost down

If you’re buying new items (especially expensive ones) compare prices between shops and websites. Remember to take your time. These purchases may be some of the biggest you will make.

Here are a couple of organisations that can help you get the things you need at lower or sometimes no cost:

  • Preen website. Provides affordable reused furniture and household goods to the general public and gives discounts to people on low incomes and the elderly
  • Freecycle website. Matching people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them


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