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Stylish sofa or designer appliances? Rate your priorities when furnishing a home here

We’re building a picture of what first-time buyers in Ireland today are looking for – and the help they need along the way.

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BUYING YOUR FIRST home is an exciting time – but it is also a time when big decisions come thick and fast.

This autumn, we’re setting out to understand what first-time buyers in Ireland want, and what they need.

We want to know what you’re confident about, what you’re not so sure of, and what stresses you out. And we want to help along the journey, by providing the most relevant answers and the most informed advice

Over the full series we’ll be tackling five key topics for homes on the market: price and quality; location and community; what’s inside; sustainability; and moving in. These align with the topics of a recent survey of first-time buyers on Daft.ie, which we’ll also be reviewing.

In our final piece, we’re looking at moving in. What are your plans for making a house a home? Do you have a vision for your future home, or will you take it as it comes? How confident are you about the furnishing and fitting out process?

Answer the questions below to build a picture of your priorities – and see how you compare to other first-time buyers. Each time you give a rating, you’ll see how your number matches the overall reader average. 

Let’s start at the beginning: thinking about a budget. According to the Daft.ie survey, many buyers expect to spend between €5k and €10k on fitting out and furnishing their new homes. This was the most popular budget category, picked by roughly four out of ten respondents.


Have you set aside a budget for fitting out and furnishing your home after you move in? Rate 1 for not at all, 10 for a very clear budget.



“I feel nervous about the additional costs after we get the keys”. Do you relate to this statement? Rate 1 for not at all, 10 for strongly relate.



More than half of buyers in the Daft.ie survey told us they expect furniture to be their biggest expense after moving in. How much money would you expect to spend on furniture alone?

Rate 1 for €1,000, 2 for €2,000 and so on - up to 10 for €10,000 or more. 


For some, the prospect of furnishing and fitting out a new home is exciting. Others just want a place that is comfortable, convenient and secure. How do you feel about what happens after you get the keys?


Are you looking forward to furnishing and decorating your home? Rate your anticipation from 1 (not at all) to 10 (really looking forward to it). 



“I want a home that I’m proud to show to friends and family.” Do you agree? Rate from 1 (not at all) to 10 (strongly agree).


When it comes to furnishing and fitting, what are the biggest priorities for you? Do you plan to invest in some elements, and leave others until later? Or are you hoping to get it all done at once?


Is having high quality furniture a priority for you? Rate it from 1 to 10. 



Is having high quality appliances a priority for you? Rate it from 1 to 10.



Is having high quality flooring or carpeting a priority for you? Rate it from 1 to 10. 


No matter how you arrange your priorities, moving into a new home can be an expensive time. Are there any solutions that might help you feel more confident about it?


Purchasing and fitting out a new home is a huge financial commitment - and not everything comes with a warranty.

When buying and furnishing a home, are warranties something you look for? Rate their importance to you on a scale from 1 to 10.



Amid the pressures of purchasing a home, many first time buyers find it difficult to set aside money for furniture and fittings. Would you be interested in solutions designed to help with this - for example, a cashback incentive when purchasing a new home?

Rate 1 for not at all, 10 for very interested.



“I don’t want to buy my own furniture and fittings - I’d like a turnkey home I can just walk straight into”. Do you agree with this statement? Rate 1 for strongly disagree, 10 for strongly agree. 


So how did you compare to other first-time buyers? Are you right on the average, or out on your own? 

Stay tuned for more articles in this series, as we’ll be bringing you expert advice and insights for each topic too.

At Glenveagh Homes, our vision is that everyone should have the opportunity to access great-value, high-quality homes in flourishing communities across Ireland. We understand that buying a home is possibly the biggest decision you will ever make in your life – but we want to make it your easiest. Click here to find out more about Glenveagh developments.

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