The work doesn’t stop after you’ve gotten the keys to your new house. There are a few more things to be done before it truly starts feeling like home. Here’s a list of the first things you should buy for your new home.
- New locks and keys
It’s common practice for homeowners to give their friends, coworkers, and neighbors a copy of their keys to avoid being locked out so re-keying and or changing the locks of your new home is a must.
New homes aren’t exempt from this either as builders can sometimes hand out keys to contractors during the construction process.
If buying new locks seems expensive, then taking them to your local hardware store or locksmith can be a great cost-saving option.
A hammer, a mix of nails, a saw, a small power drill, some duct tape, and an assortment of Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers – these are among the basic things you should have in your new home. Especially in your new home, there are window fixtures to install, pictures to hang, and so on.
- Health and safety essentials
First-aid kits are a must in any situation and particularly in a new home where everyone’s busy getting things in order. Make sure your kit is easy to access and everyone knows how to use the contents properly. Other safety essentials you need from day one include smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, flashlights, batteries, and fire extinguishers.
- Lawn and garden essentials
Haven’t had a lawn or garden before? Don’t worry; taking care of both is generally straightforward. For starters, all you need to buy is a garden hose or a lawn sprinkler from your local hardware store. A lawnmower should also come in handy.
- Indoor plants
Don’t neglect the small stuff. Plants are amazing to have indoors. Not only are they great at filling empty corners, they also come with plenty of health benefits like absorbing harmful chemicals in the air and bring a positive mood to all house inhabitants and visitors. Fiddle-leaf figs, palms, and succulents are all great choices and are easy to care for.
- Window treatments
Getting new curtains and drapes is a quick an easy way to make your new house start feeling like a home. They add an instant sense of personalization to bare spaces and ensure your privacy.
- Good lighting
The type and placement of lighting fixtures can drastically alter the mood of any space – they even affect how you perceive the size of a room – which makes shopping for good lighting one of your top priorities. Ceiling fans with lights are a good option. They provide illumination while cooling your home in the summer and pushing warm air downwards during winter.
In the end, you have plenty of time to make your new house feel like home so don’t expect everything to fall into place on day one. Ease in. Get a feel for each room. You’ll eventually find the right choice of style and furnishings to transform your living space into something that reflects the true you.