Nothing is more exciting than moving into a new home. However, we also know that it can feel somewhat overwhelming. You have to make sure you bring all essential products while also having to remember all of your responsibilities. Fortunately, we have a handy tool for all the new home buyers out there. Whenever you are moving to a new home, follow our checklist to make sure you do not forget anything important.
Stock Up on Essential Cleaning Supplies
As a new homeowner, the very first thing you need is cleaning supplies. No matter how clean your house looked in marketing photos, it can probably still use a deep clean. Go ahead and invest in paper towels, a pack of cleaning rags, a few bottles of your favorite cleaning solution, soap, and some sponges. You will also need cleaning tools like a broom, a dustpan, a mop, a duster, and a toilet brush. Getting these as soon as possible lets you do a deep clean before you move in is a great idea because it allows you to do a deep clean. Furthermore, it ensures you are prepared in case any messes happen while you are moving in.
Make Sure You Have a Basic Toolkit
Even if you are not planning on doing a lot of DIY, we still recommend that every new homeowner gets a basic toolkit. This can be quite useful when you are hanging pictures, trying to fix a loose drawer handle, or putting together some furniture. At the very least, every homeowner needs:
- A hammer
- Medium sized screwdrivers
- A utility knife
- An adjustable spanner
- A tape measure
If you want even more utility, consider investing in things like a sturdy putty knife, a hand saw, a stud finder, caulk, a power drill, and a level.
Change the Locks As Soon As Possible
Did you know that the locks on your doors are one of the most overlooked essential products for new home? Try to stop a moment and consider just how many people have been in possession of a key to your house lately. The old homeowner, several realtors, house inspectors, contractors, and repair people have all been in and out of your home. Unfortunately, it is quite easy for just one unscrupulous person to make a copy and rob your home later on. For your own security, make sure you have added “switch the locks” to your new home checklist. You can replace them entirely, or you can pay a locksmith to rekey your locks. This changes the key needed for the lock without requiring you to purchase a brand new lock and doorknob.
Don’t Forget Essential Personal Care Items
While making your new home checklist, you may also want to go ahead and get some personal care items. Products like toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, and trash bags are always helpful. You may also want to shop for common medications like over the counter medications and painkillers. Even if you already have these items at your old home, it is a good idea to get a set for your new house as well. This will ensure you are prepared in case your old belongings are lost in the move or stuck in a hard-to-reach location.
Plan Ahead for Easy Meals
After all the effort of moving into your brand new home, you probably will not be interested in cooking gourmet meals in your new kitchen each day. You may want to purchase readymade meals, snacks, and other easy food. This can get you through the first few days when you are focused on unpacking. If you do not have them already, now is also an excellent time to go ahead and stock up on kitchen essentials. Some helpful new home products for the kitchen include:
- Cutting board
- Chef’s Knife
- Can opener
- Frying pans
- Baking pan
- Cookie sheet
- Cooking spoons and spatulas
- Bottle opener
Prepare for New Home Decor
Even if you were perfectly happy with the decor in your old apartment or house, you may find that your new property calls for different pieces. If possible, try to set aside at least $500 for home furnishings at your new home. This can cover all the smaller items like throw pillows, curtains, rugs, vases, organizing bins, and picture frames you need to tie the space together. Before you move, consider measuring all your old furniture and going over to your new home to see how your belongings would fit. You may find that you want to go ahead and start looking for different sizes of tables, couches, beds, and more.
Start Thinking About Outdoor Lawn and Garden Care
If you bought a condo or are planning on hiring a lawn care company, this is a section you can potentially skip. However, it is a good idea to have some lawn care essentials just in case. At the very least, you will need a shovel, a garden hose, a rake, and a pair of shears. Of course those who want to do the lawn themselves will also need to select a lawn mower. If you are planning on spending a lot of time in your new yard, you will also need garden gloves, buckets, watering cans, a wheelbarrow, a hand pruner, a small spade, and hedge trimmers.
More Miscellaneous Items to Consider
As a homeowner, you will find that there are all sorts of little things that you need. Items you never even considered having before may suddenly become a necessity. Here are some other essential products for a new home that you should make sure you have.
- Extension cords and power strips
- A fire extinguisher
- Light bulbs
- Step stool
- Shower curtain hooks
- Flash light
By taking the time to go over our new home checklist, you can make sure your new home is ready to welcome the whole family! Interested in more tips for settling into a new home? Feel free to get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about buying a new home.