3 Essentials for Your New Home

Nashville is one of the most vibrant cities in the United States. A move to Music City may mean more career opportunities as well as a lower cost of living. Many are drawn to Nashville because of it’s mild climate and thriving music scene.

A move is an opportunity for a fresh start in life. It’s also a time to consider which items you plan to take with you and which items to replace. Here are three essentials you need as you move.

A Quality Mattress

A good night's sleep is a must. Tossing and turning for hours each night on an uncomfortable mattress leads to exhaustion and even depression. A quality mattress is essential, and unlike most household items which might be an easy guess when you should replace them, a mattress isn’t always so obvious. 

Over time, a mattress loses the proper support and comfort your body needs to perform on a daily basis. It’s smart to evaluate your current sleeping situation to see if it might be time to invest in a new mattress.

Typically, a quality mattress lasts many years, but if you’re not sleeping well, consider replacing after five to seven years.  Rotating and flipping your mattress can be a good way to get the most mileage out of it. It might be worth comparing your current mattress and foundation to newer models every few years.

 Kitchen Appliances

If your refrigerator, washer, dryer, stove, and other items are older, you may want to leave them behind. In many cases, the buyers of your old home will appreciate the hand-me-downs.

If it's within your budget, it can be easier to buy new appliances and leave the old ones behind. You may also find an organization or individual who will pick up the appliances for free (if they're in working order) and recycle, sell, or donate to a new home.

First Night Box

It’s helpful to pack a box labeled “First Night.” In this box, you can pack every item you will need for your first night and morning in your new home.  Include bed sheets, towels, soap and toiletries, a coffee maker, and other items you need to make the transition easier.