My First Home / Flat Checklist

Spurred on by Maria J Blogs ‘Right Move’ videos and the fact I graduate in a years time, I started to get a bit nosy myself into property browsing. Now I know it’s definitely still a few years til I actually could move out (and even still I’d be renting not buying). But ‘doing a RightMove’ as Maria puts it is where you just generally have a browse at what’s on RightMove.

Writing this now as 22 years old (some friends already have their first home, some live with parents, some are students, some are travelling so don’t have a permanent home – doesn’t matter) so will be interesting to see how (if at all) it changes between now and when I actually get round to getting my first home.

A lot of natural light.

E.g. white/light coloured walls, large windows, skylights if top floor, light (if not white) coloured furniture etc.

Near open space.

Preferably some greenery e.g. parks/gardens. Especially being at home now for summer (find out why here) I’ve loved going out on walks and just surrounding myself in the open spaces.

Spacious rooms.

Priority hierarchy: Lounge, Kitchen, Bedroom, (Office if I have one), Bathroom (preferably have a bath as well as shower).

Good travel connections.

Close to a train station, main roads, bus routes etc. Also potentially a parking space as I highly doubt I’ll be without a car unless I am attached to a train station, haha.

Not too far out of the centre.

Near enough to stroll into the town or city but far enough out that I don’t hear people at all hours of the day and night. Preferably not close to a pub or nightclub.

Laundry facilities

In University I had enough of traipsing down to the laundry room, I am not doing it again. I would like my laundry to just be in my house/flat, in the kitchen I don’t care. I just don’t want to have to leave my home/flat to do my laundry.

Good storage facilities.

If not permanent built storage, enough space to buy good enough storage.

There are definitely a few things I’ve been missing but that is a mixture of what I’d class as ‘essential’ and ‘preferable’ things. I’m not looking to move any time soon but it is nice to have a nosy and get an idea of what you’d like. I feel by writing this post I’m hopefully speaking all of this into existence, so bring on that mansion! Jks…or am I?

Thank you as always for reading and I hope you have a lovely rest of your day!

Han xx


  1. I honestly cannot WAIT to get my own home! Natural light is so important, the current flat I’m in is awful for pictures!

    🌿 Marissa Belle × 🌿

    1. Yes! I absolutely love it, such a dealbreaker!

  2. This is an absolute dream 😍 I can’t wait to get my own home – it’s literally the only thing that drives me forward so I don’t know what’ll happen when I reach that goal 😂 Natural light is a huge priority for me, too. I’m just so much happier when my environment is nice and bright.

    1. Yes! Natural light is the main for me!

  3. I do this all the time! Whenever I apply for jobs that aren’t in my home city (Liverpool) I always have a browse at apartments/flats in the area to see what’s out there. It’s honestly one of my favourite pastimes haha x

  4. I’ve been on Right Move a lot recently as we’re trying to get an idea of what we’d want in our first home. I’ve said lots of windows or natural light FOR SURE and we’d also need 2 bedrooms. My boyfriend has specified that if it’s an apartment he doesn’t want to be on the ground floor, which is fine with me!

  5. Hannah says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with house hunting because I can’t be without all these things! I’m very lucky to have found somewhere that ticks all these boxes now though!

    Hannah /

  6. I can’t wait until the day I can have my own home! This is such good advice for those who are searching for their first home! x

    Lucy |

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