Now that you’ve signed all the paperwork and you’ve received the keys to your new home, it’s finally time to move in – but wait! Before you put your feet up and relax, there are a few things that you will need in order to make your new house a home.
Regardless of whether you purchase a newly constructed home or one that was formerly owned by someone else, it’s important that you have the locks changed. You cannot be sure that the real estate agent, contractors, friends and family of the former owner do not have a key. Which is why getting new locks is an extremely important, and the number one step to take after purchasing your new home.
You can’t hang your hat without a hat rack, so don’t forget to add some necessary furnishings! Sometimes, homes may include appliances and possibly some furniture from the previous owner, although most homeowners prefer to decorate their house themselves. After all, someone else’s taste in decor may not necessarily be the same as your own. If you purchase from a furniture store, they will handle the delivery for you. Otherwise, you can hire a moving company.
- Appliances & Cookware
Even if your new home is equipped with appliances, you may still need to add a few items into the mix that are missing. For instance, a coffee machine, toaster, microwave or blender may be items you want for your kitchen. You will also need silverware, tableware and a quality dish drainer to hold your dishes that require the hand wash method. Don’t forget about the bathroom!
When you move into a new home, there will likely be some things to do that require the use of tools. Whether you need to assemble furniture, a desk for your office or just need to tighten some bolts here and there, a good set of tools are a necessity. You should be able to find a reasonably priced set at your local department store.
- Personal Touches
No home is complete without personal touches that represent the new owner’s taste, so don’t forget to include them on your shopping list. Pictures, paintings, wall hangs, special window dressings, accent pillows, plants, decorative throws, accent rugs and bedding sets will create a custom interior that’s all about you! Other items you may want to consider including are portable air cleaners, water filters, an answering machine, wastebaskets and a bathroom plunger.
- Outdoor Decor
If you like to entertain, equipping your backyard accordingly is a must. Patio furniture, an outdoor grill, landscaping tools and garden supplies are essential to creating an outdoor atmosphere that your family and friends are sure, to love. Speaking of the outdoors, don’t forget to purchase a lawnmower and a trimmer unless you live in a condo/PUD where lawn care is included in the maintenance fees. If you live in an area that’s prone to snowfall, keep this in mind when shopping for maintenance supplies.
The best way to tackle a large list of necessities is to keep a pad of paper nearby and write down each item as you think of it. Think about each area of your new home and do a mental inventory of what is needed.
We recommend exploring great resources for tackling your list once you create it, like Better Homes and Gardens.
There will always be new items to add to the list, but you will cover the basics with your handy checklist of necessary items for your new home.