Moving into your new house is exciting, but packing, moving, and trying to remember everything you’ll need for your new home can be overwhelming. To help with your new real estate purchase, we’ve created a handy checklist of important things you may want to buy for a new house. Print this list out to use as a guide during the moving process:
Start with a clean slate even before you move any of your belongings into your new house. A broom, mop, and vacuum will be your first defense against leftover dirt from the previous owner. Next clean the floors where you intend to put furniture and then set everything in place. Traipsing in and out of your home with moving boxes will carry in dirt but at least you know it’s clean under your couch. Here’s a list of additional essential items you may need:
Microfiber dust cloth
Round out your supplies with a tool kit that includes the basics—a screwdriver, hammer, nails, wrenches, wall screws, a stud finder, duct tape, a level, tape measure, and other essentials. A can of WD-40 is always helpful for creaky doors and a cordless drill will come in handy during furniture assembly.
You’ll want to ensure you have privacy in each room of your home. Adding window treatments protects your home while adding special personality to your space.
Curtains, blinds, and other window treatments
Make sure you have all your kitchen essentials. If you’re in the stage of unpacking boxes, purchase paper plates, paper cups, and plastic silverware to avoid searching for utensils at dinnertime and buy disposable coffee cups for the following morning.
Kitchen fridge magnets
Oven mitts and potholders
Drawer organizers for utensils
Food serving platters
Pots, pans, and skillets
Measuring cups and spoons
Food storage containers
Ice cube trays
Mixing and serving bowls
Dish drying rack
Dish scrubber or sponges
Pet dish and pet food
Don’t forget the kitchen appliances (and those nice-to-have extras):
Complete your kitchen with any spices or condiments, such as salt, pepper, herbs and seasonings, olive oil, red wine vinaigrette, and other cooking or baking items you frequently use.
Make sure you incorporate all the comforts of home in your living room space:
Sofa or sectional
Footstool or ottoman
Throw or blankets
Pet bed or blanket
Family board games
Retreat to the comfort of your room with these must-have items:
Mattress and box spring
Reading chair or chaise lounge
Laundry hamper, bin, or bags
Under-the-bed storage containers
Closet storage bins
Keep each bathroom in the home fully stocked:
New shower head
Hand and bath towels
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Candle or air freshener
Shampoo and conditioner
Keep track of administrative household chores, such as paying bills, filling out paperwork, and keeping records in an organized office space:
Printer and ink
Whiteboard and markers
Be prepared to care for your home inside and out. Stock up on these outside tools:
Motion sensor lights
Deck, patio, or pool furniture
Don’t forget to stock up on these garage supplies for home and car maintenance:
Windshield wiper solution
Car wash kit
Windshield wiper replacements
Toolbox or tool chest
Hanging tool organizer
Overhead storage rack
Sports equipment rack
Immediately after move-in, you’ll want to replace old door locks with a standard lock, deadbolt, or even an electronic keypad. Follow up with a home security system that allows you to protect your home 24/7. Add a fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector for good measure. Finally, make sure you’re prepared for any scenario with items such as a first-aid kit, flashlights, and a waterproof and fireproof lockbox to hold important documents and other valuables.
There are many benefits of smart home technology. It can be as simple as syncing all devices to make life easier and more efficient or as important as heightened home security. A smart thermostat and light automation not only help your home run with ease but also allow you to save some money. A smart lock can increase home security, and a smart doorbell helps monitor who is coming, going, and knocking on the door. Alexa or Google compatible tools linked to your Wi-Fi can help manage a home.
Transitioning into a new home can be overwhelming, but our handy checklist of things to buy for a new house can help you move into a fresh space more efficiently. For more information on home security to protect your new dwelling, contact Brinks Home™.
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