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Items Every First Time Homebuyer Should Own

  • 03/04/2019
  • By Tara Siegel
Items Every First Time Homebuyer Should Own

Congratulations! You’ve signed on the dotted line, packed up the car, and are ready to move into your first home! However, you might be surprised to discover all the things that you’ll need that you didn’t think were necessary for apartment living.

Stock your home with these items and you will be prepared for any homeownership challenge that comes your way!

1. Window Treatments

Drapery, blinds, and shades are some of the first things you can add to make a home look less empty. Additionally, they are necessary if you want any semblance of privacy in your new home. Unless your house is surrounded by trees or in the middle of nowhere, you will need window treatments to keep out prying eyes and the bright early morning sun. And if you’re worried about future consistency, stick with a neutral color until you decide on a color scheme.

2. Shower Curtain

After a long day of moving boxes and unpacking, any new homeowner will want to take a shower. And that becomes significantly more difficult if you forgot to buy a shower curtain. To keep from flooding your beautiful new bathroom, make sure you have a shower curtain on move-in day. Consider purchasing a mildew-resistant or antibacterial shower curtain liner, as well.

3. Keys and Locks

One of the first things you should do after moving into your new home is re-key or change your door locks. The previous owners may have given out spare keys to neighbors, family members, or even contractors. So you’ll want to make sure you either buy new locks or call a locksmith who can change them for you. Once you do that, make sure you find a safe place to hide a key, so you never have to worry about getting locked out of your new home.

4. Tool Kit

Whether it’s an emergency, such as a leaking sink, or a repair project of your choosing, you need the right tools to fix things around your home. Some essentials include a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, small power drill with drill bits, and a tape measure. You can find our DIY toolkit essentials here.

It’s also a good idea to keep your tools in a water resistant or weather-proof box so that they are protected in the event of flooding or fire.

5. Fire Extinguisher

Speaking of fire, this is one of the most important items for any homeowner, whether you’ve had your home for one day or fifty years. Fire extinguishers provide safety and security in the face of accidents. But before you go out and buy one, check the U.S. Fire Administrator’s guide. There are five different types of fire extinguishers with different uses. Choose the one that best suits you and your home.

6. Plunger

This is one of those items that you don’t want to realize you’re missing when the need for it arises. Save yourself any future stress and make sure you have one on hand in case of any drain emergency.

7. Ladder

There are many instances where having a ladder makes things easier. From hanging pictures to curtains and clocks, you can be prepared for any scenario with a solid ladder on hand. And make sure to consider how high up you need to go. You might need an extension ladder to reach the roof, or just a stepladder to reach shelving.

8. Lawnmower

Many new home purchases involve a front or back yard. This means that unless your yard is filled with rocks or you plan to hire a landscaper, you will eventually need a lawnmower. Whether you opt for a push mower or a riding version, make sure you have one shortly after you move in. Grass grows quickly, especially in the warmer months.

9. Garbage Cans

If you lived in an apartment previously, you may have only had a garbage can or two in such a small space. But that won’t cut it now that you have an entire house. You’ll want a trash can in each bathroom, the kitchen, each bedroom, the garage (if you have one), and the laundry room to get rid of dryer lint and sheets. You may also want an outdoor bin for lawn clippings. To meet all these needs at once, shop for sets of garbage cans that come in multiple sizes. And don’t forget to buy liners for them in the same sizes.

10. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These were likely provided for you in an apartment living situation. But as a homeowner, it is now your responsibility to keep you and your family safe from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure to install operational smoke detectors in high risk places, such as in the kitchen and above any heating appliances. You can even invest in a two-in-one device that will detect both some and carbon monoxide for added safety.

Kingston\Forty Fort Fire Chief Frank Guido provided us with tips on fire and carbon monoxide safety. You can read those here.

By Tara Siegel, 03/04/2019
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