As a first time home owner, there are many items you will need to secure the safety of not only your property, but also your family. Below you will find a list of things to get once you buy a home to make your new place the best it can be now and in the years to come.
Congratulations! You have taken that big step and finally purchased a home of your own. Through all the meetings with your realtor and walking through many houses, you have found the one you will turn into a home. As a first time home owner, there are many items you will need to secure the safety of not only your property, but also your family. Below you will find a list of items you will want to purchase to make your new home the best it can be now and in the years to come.
25 things to get once you buy a home
- Tool Kit – From hammer and nails to different kinds of screw drivers, you will be needing a full fledged tool kit to not only fix things around the house, but to hang decorations as well.
- Long Extension Cord – This will come in handy in a variety of ways from home improvement projects, to yard work, to hanging Christmas lights.
- Fire Extinguisher – Safety first! You have a lot more to lose now should a fire break out.
- Driveway Sealant – Not only will taking the time to seal your driveway add to your home’s curb appeal, it will make it last a lot longer as well.
- Wet/Dry Vac – Whether it is unclogging a drain, sucking up liquid from a spill, or simply doing some great cleaning, these vacuums should be in every home.
- Toilet Triage – A plunger, an auger, rubber gloves, and a bucket will come in handy as bathroom emergencies get to be fixed by you now instead of a landlord.
- Bucket – This seems simple, but a bucket can be put to use in many way, both for storing cleaning items and for emergency situations.
- Ladder – Handy for putting up lights, cleaning out gutters, fixing hard to reach ceiling fixtures, painting, and a variety of other homeowner tasks.
- New Thermostat – Get a programmable thermostat to increase heating and cooling efficiency.
- Level – Now that you own a house, it is likely any picture or decorations are going to be up for the long haul. Rather than eyeballing, use a level to get it right.
- Power Drill – You may be surprised at how often this tool comes in handy. Look for a cordless drill for the most convenience. You will be building a lot of furniture and this will come in handy.
- Three Day Supply of Food and Water – In case of an emergency, you will want to have enough food and water for each person to last three days.
- Emergency/Disaster Kit – In addition to food and water, you will need flashlights, batteries, a solar powered radio, extra clothes, shoes and anything else you may need.
- Measuring Tape – This is great to have from the get go, as it will help you know what furniture will fit where and will be helpful in making improvements along the way.
- Child Proofing Materials – If you are moving from an apartment to a home, your little one may not be used to all the space and get themselves in more trouble than they used to.
- Caulk Gun – When moving into a house, this is a great time to go around and fix cracks or spaces where insulation just isn’t cutting it. This will help improve your energy efficiency, too.
- Home Vault or Safe – Among many of the perks listed here, having a vault or safe in your home gives your valuables a location to be stored where they will be hard to steal, mainly from the sheer size and weight of the container.
- Microfiber Broom – If your new home has wood floors, you will want to keep them looking great. A microfiber broom can help you keep them clean without injuring them.
- WD40 – As you go throughout your home, you are likely to find doors, drawers, and other items that could use a little grease to keep from squeaking.
- Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – If you home already has these, make sure they are working properly. Be sure to install extras in areas where fire or gas leaks may occur and close to bedroom, so the alarm will wake you should these disasters take place at night.
- Yard Care Items – This includes, but is not limited to a rake, hoe, shovel, gloves, trimmers, wheelbarrow, garden hose, and whatever else your particular yard will require.
- BBQ Grill – Now that you have your own place, you may want to have friends and family over for a great summer BBQ, or at least grill in your own yard whenever you want.
- Extra Plungers – You may not have had as many bathrooms in your old place, so as you furnish your new bathrooms, be sure to include a plunger in each one. This will avoid awkward situations with guests or family members.
- Alarm System – Paying for an alarm service will give you the peace of mind so whether you are simply going to sleep, or you are away on a trip, you will know your home is safe.
- Home Automation System – These systems allow for you to control many things in your home including lights, music, fans, the alarm, locks, and more.
Home ownership is a great new adventure and will require tools you may not have considered before now. Keep in mind that these items are investments and will last for many years to come. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your new house and you will soon discover what your home needs.
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