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If you’re getting ready to move into your first home, there’s likely plenty of things on your mind. It can be a simultaneously exciting and overwhelming process for many first-time buyers, and it’s important not to overlook some of the basic necessities for your new place. From ensuring that your new home feels clean and safe to ensuring that it feels like you, here are some items you’ll likely want on your list.
Many first-time buyers moving from apartments where landlords took care of the majority of the maintenance aren’t fully prepared for the many little demands of homeownership. Arming yourself with a stocked tool kit can help you tackle those small projects as they pop up without missing a beat. Maybe you notice the handles on a few of the kitchen cabinets are loose, or maybe you want to hang up some photos, having a good tool kit will mean you can address these things right away.
Sometimes cleaning supplies don’t make the cut when we’re moving. Maybe we kept them out to do a final clean before moving out and left them there, or maybe we used them up and didn’t yet purchase more. Stocking up with the basics here can make your move in feel a lot better. Even if your new home feels clean, it’s a good idea to give it a once over yourself. Arriving with a few basics, like something to clean the kitchen and bathroom, paper towels, and a broom can help you dive right in.
Safety & Security Items
Some things may seem so simple, they’re easy to overlook. Having a flashlight in case the power goes out, for example, can really come in handy. Homeowners may also want to upgrade the fire detectors and carbon monoxide monitors. If security is a priority, changing the locks may be something you’ll want to do right away.
While the practical items are no doubt important, it’s also important that homeowners feel at home in their new space. Bringing some artwork to add some of your style can be a quick way to jumpstart that process of making this home your own. Maybe setting aside a few of your favorite pieces so that they’re easily accessible will allow you to put your mark on the space even before you’re fully settled in.
The real must-have list will vary from person to person. The key idea here is that creating a list like this for yourself in advance can set you up for a much smoother move-in. Have you moved into a new home in the past? What items would you recommend for first-time homeowners to include on their lists? I’d love to hear your suggestions!