When you buy a new home, there are a lot of things that you may think about purchasing in order to make your new space your own. Some of these purchases are going to be fun purchases like new furniture or great new art to hang on the walls. Some of the purchases are also going to be practical purchases that help you to protect your investment and ensure that your family is safe in your new space.
It is important to think carefully about all of the different things that your home is going to need in order to ensure that your home is livable, comfortable and safe. You should sit down and make a list of the things that you need to buy and you should prioritize that list to ensure that you get the most important items first.
Things Your New Home Needs
To help you get started on your list of things that your new home needs, here are some ideas for you:
- A security system. It is imperative that you have a top-quality security system in your home to keep your family and your possessions safe from intruders. No one wants to be at risk of a break-in, and a security system is an important deterrent. Be sure to research alarm systems carefully in order to find the right one for your home. You should think about the features that you need when you do your research and compare the available services. For example, do you want to have text alerts sent to your phone? Do you need home security and fire protection? What are the specific things that you need to make sure you are comfortable in your home and not worried bout intruders or emergencies? Take a look at the different alarm systems and security systems available to find the right one.
- Curtains and blinds. Realtor.com lists this as number one on the list of things to buy after moving to a new home. Curtains and blinds can give you the privacy that you need and can help you to avoid having to look at unsightly views. You want to make a good impression on your new neighbors, and putting up blinds so they cannot see into your home (and you cannot see into theirs) is one good way to do that.
- A tool kit. MSN Real Estate has a comprehensive list of all of the tools that every homeowner should have in order to deal with little problems around the house. You don’t want to have to call a handyman or a contractor every time a little problem occurs or something small goes wrong in your home, so you need the tools to do the jobs that come up for all homeowners. Some of the tools that MSN recommends you buy include a hammer; a pry bar; vise grips; pliers; a mixed set of screwdrivers; a wire cutter and stripper; a tape measure; a reversible drill with a bit set; and an electrical tester. Other must-haves on their list include a utility knife, a chisel, a hand-saw, a 9-inch torpedo level and safety glasses. There are also plenty of other tools that may be nice to have, but you should start with the basics so you are prepared if a job comes up.
- Batteries and a flashlight. The first time the electricity goes off in your new home (and it is going to happen sometime) you may find that you don’t have batteries or a flash light to help you see your way around. Be sure that you are prepared in case of an outage so you’ll know where you are going. Batteries are also useful to have in the house for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and you should be sure that these have fresh batteries as well so you can protect your home and stay safe.
- A blanket for your hot water heater. You want to ensure that you are as energy-efficient as you can be in your new house so you aren’t shocked by high utility bills. A blanket over your hot water heater adds extra insulation, helping to keep the heat in the hot water heater for longer so you don’t waste money. You can also look into other ways to make your home more energy efficient, like checking the insulation in your attic and installing ceiling fans so you don’t have to run the air conditioning as often.
These are just a few of the many things that you should buy for your new home so you can be comfortable and safe there.
Ryan Wilson is a professional contractor who renovates homes on a regular basis. He has great experience taking homes and remodeling them to fit new owner’s individual tastes. He is an expert in the field and his articles show it.