First Home Essentials

The learning curve is significant for first time home ownership. It starts with saving for a down payment and continues during the looking and buying stage. The ongoing education kicks into high gear when you close and move in. Moving into your first home can be physically and emotionally draining, as well as exhilarating and exciting. Give yourself a few housewarming gifts that you will never regret and will be an immediate help and lifelong part of your home.

Fire Extinguisher. It speaks for itself. Have one that you know how to operate and install it in an easy location that all adult household members can access.

Basic Tool Kit. Hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, small drill, handsaw, tape measure, utility knife, a roll of duct tape. Big box stores may have one all ready to go in a tidy tool bag or box. Add to the basics as the need arises.

Ladders. A small step stool that gets you to the upper kitchen cupboards and a taller one that gets you to the top of the windows for washing or hanging curtain rods. Lightweight and safe.

Wet/Dry Vacuum. When you need the wet part of the vacuum it will be too late to run out and buy one. Having a good wet/dry vacuum on hand will be a staple in maintaining a new household, not to mention a great way to keep your garage and car clean.

Extension Cords. A few different types and sizes go a long way to accomplishing small jobs or pleasing furniture arrangement.

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