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Must-Haves for New Homeowners

Must-Haves for New Homeowners

Being a first-time homeowner is both exciting and stressful. You’ve gone through all the preparation of applying for your mortgage, securing your dream home, and now it is finally time to move in and get settled. When it comes to really making the house your own, you’ll be surprised at how many items you need that don’t come standard with a new purchase. While not all of these must-haves need to be purchased immediately, it is beneficial to keep them in mind as you start to turn your new house into a true home. 

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

As a homeowner, you are responsible for keeping everyone safe inside the home. Fire hazards are more than just a home-cooked meal gone wrong. They can also be caused by damaged flue liners in your fireplace or even debris buildup in your dryer’s exhaust tube. It is important to have operational smoke detectors throughout your home. You should at least have one on every level, if not more. 

You should also invest in a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can circulate throughout your home unnoticed for quite some time. Long exposure can lead to serious health risks for pets and individuals within the home. Carbon monoxide detectors are especially important if your home has a fireplace or appliances that are fueled by natural gas or propane. Today you can find several smart options for both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors or a system that offers both. Some models can even be paired with Amazon Alexa, doubling as a music speaker or communication platform.

Fire extinguisher

You should always have a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire. In a panic, throwing water on fire could seem like a natural response, but in many instances can make the problem worse. The best solution to any kind of fire is to have a proper extinguisher that is easily accessible. If one was already in your home, examine it closely to see what fires it is meant for, as well as its expiration date. It is also beneficial to make sure that everyone in your home properly understands how to use a fire extinguisher. 

Home security

Even in a family-friendly neighborhood, home security can provide peace of mind that your new home is always safe. With today’s technology, there are several different kits that you can buy to meet your needs. This could be something as simple as updating your windows. Not only will this ensure your home’s safety, but it also offers a huge return on investment since new windows are so much more efficient than even models from ten years ago. 

New door lock

Even though your home is new for you, this doesn’t mean that others haven’t once called it home. Especially if the home was once a rental, you don’t know where a spare key could be floating around. Installing a new lock is a great way to increase security and ensure only your family has access. You can choose a standard lock, a new deadbolt, or keyless lock options that typically rely on a specific code for entry. There are even smart locks that completely remove the key aspect, allowing you to completely control who has access to your home. 

Tool kit

DIY is a way of life when it comes to homeownership. You’ll likely have to make small repairs to numerous different appliances and systems within your home. Even just decorating your home requires tools of some kind. When it comes to tool kits, the possibilities are endless. You can find tool kits that provide the basics, such as a hammer, screwdriver, measuring tape, and a flashlight, to 100+ piece kits for those who really plan to dive into DIY.

Build your contact list

The different systems in your home are vital to your comfort and safety. Especially if you are new to the area, it is beneficial to research local companies to provide necessary services, including plumbing, heating and cooling, and contractor work. Having these numbers readily available can save you valuable time, especially in an emergency. Knowing who to contact ahead of time also gives you the flexibility to conduct some basic research to discover who is most recommended in your area. 

Enjoy your home

As a first-time homeowner, you’ll most likely have additional odds and ends that will make your place unique to you. Have fun choosing your welcome mat and what curtains or blinds you’ll use for your windows. You’ll also have the ability to completely customize the look of your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, and so much more. The most rewarding part of owning your home is the realization that it is truly yours. The possibilities are endless when it comes to style and design.