When you buy your first home and move out of that apartment, dorm or your parent’s home, you will need many things that you have probably never thought about to make your home comfortable and provide proper care for your home. If you have never lived on your own, there will probably be many items that you don’t own because you have never had to. Consider adding these items to your shopping list so you will have more of what you need as you settle into life as a homeowner.
1. Spare keys
No matter how hard you try, you will inevitably lock yourself out of your house at some point. Instead of having to call a locksmith to get in, wouldn’t it be nice to have a spare key you could use to get in. It may be a key you leave with a neighbor or a hidden key somehow around your house. Avoid the obvious hiding spots like under the welcome mat or below a flower pot on the front porch but there are many other spots you can hide a key that will not be discovered. You may also need to leave a key for a repairman or share a key with a visitor in town. Having an extra key will make that much easier to do than having to give them your key and remember to get it back later.
We all need a plunger at some point and when you need a plunger, the last thing you want to do is have to run to the store to buy one. As a homeowner, you will want to learn some new skills that will make owning a home a little bit easier.
3. Basic Tools
This doesn’t have to be anything complicated unless you are planning to do major renovations. Purchase a small toolkit that you can use for most projects. It should include two kinds of screwdrivers, Phillips and flathead. Other items that are helpful are a hammer, pliers, measuring tape and wrenches. You can find a small tool kit at your local home improvement store or order one online that will be useful for quick repairs.
4. Cleaning Products and Tools
If you have never been responsible for cleaning your living space, you will need to stock some basic supplies so you can keep your home clean and tidy. It can be a lot to buy at one time but start with a few basics then add to them as needed for special cleaning jobs. You will need a broom and dustpan, vacuum, mop, toilet bowl brush and cleaner, sponges, cleaning wipes or all purpose cleaner and cloths, glass cleaner, furniture polish, dishwashing detergent and dish soap.
5. Kitchen Items
The kitchen may need many items depending on the kind of cooking you plan to do but get started with the basics right away and then add to them as your budget and time allow. A small dish set, flatware, a couple pots and a pan, utensils for cooking, a toaster, coffee pot, can opener and microwave if your home doesn’t have a built-in one will get you started. If you want to do specialized cooking, you may need to add to these items but these will allow you to prepare and eat most of your meals at home.
No one wants a house with completely empty rooms so you will need some basics. For most people, this will include a bed, couch, television set, dining table and chairs. You may also want a coffee table, end tables, art and more as your find things that fit your style and budget. You don’t have to buy everything at once so start slowly and purchase the must have items then add to them over time.
If you haven’t purchased a home before and have questions about the homebuying process, let us know. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have.
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