The first couple of nights in your new home will be exciting and memorable. Make sure that you are prepared to make those memories good ones by having these 10 things readily available.
- Coffee maker-Waking up that first morning in your new home the last thing you will want to do is leave!! Running down to Starbucks won’t be nearly as alluring as starting to settle into your new morning routine. Make sure that you have filters and coffee grounds as well. Bonus points if you unpack two coffee cups the night before so you won’t have to fumble around in the bubble wrap to find them.
- Fire extinguisher- Let’s face it stuff happens. New stove, new cooktop, and maybe even a new fireplace. Even though you may think it could never happen to you, a small fire may have your new home dreams up in flames, if you aren’t prepared.
- Cutting boards and knives- Whipping up a tasty meal in your brand spanking new kitchen usually is top of the list for most new homeowners who love to cook. Having your supplies on hand will make it so much easier, and cutting boards are essential to protect your new surfaces. Picking up a few flexible cutting boards is a quick fix and very inexpensive.
- Bath Mat and Towels- Hopping out of the shower can be chilly and slippery if you don’t have the basics. Your first home calls for fluffy new towels and definitely a bath mat. Depending on if you already have décor themes in mind these could be the first steps to making your house into a home.
- Corkscrew or Wine Key- Before turning in on even your very first night a little celebration is in order. Whether or not wine is your go to beverage of choice, it is a very common new home gift. Have an easy to use corkscrew or wine key on hand to open a bottle for yourself or for friends and maybe a few glasses (your morning coffee mugs work great too)!
- Curtains- new builds and most existing houses tend to come without curtains and other window coverings. Curtains start to build the character you will bring to the home but also keep out the light early in the morning, or the peeping eyes of curious neighbors in the evening. If you haven’t settled on paint or accessories, just get a few inexpensive curtains to cover up for now.
- Plunger and toilet brush set- You never know when nature’s call won’t be well received by the plumbing. Make sure to have a plunger and toilet brush handy just in case. Especially if you are moving into an older home that may have older pipes.
- Vacuum- While you hope that nothing is broken in the move, you want to be prepared. A good quality vacuum is a must for any home. They come in many different styles with different functions such as cordless, wet/dry capabilities, or the fancy robot ones that drive around all by themselves. No matter what kind you are leaning towards, invest in a good vacuum that will last a while. This is one item you will ALWAYS have in your home so don’t just buy the cheapest option or you may end up replacing it often.
- Document Holder- Having a safe and consistent location to keep all the documents you will receive when you first move is critical to being able to stay on top of all the must do’s you are likely to have. An expandable file with write on tabs make it easy to keep your incoming documents organized and accessible. Documents you may need to keep track of are your loan documents, utility set up paperwork, and lists of important number for your new area. (You never know when a mean Chinese craving will attack in the middle of unpacking!)
- Crock Pot- Slow cookers are a great way to have a hot meal on hand at the end of the long days ahead. Toss some meat, veggies, and sauce or stock into the slow cooker in the morning and forget about it. By the time your stomach is rumbling for some dinner, you will have a hot and ready meal you don’t have to go out or order out for.
Having just a few things when you move into your first home that will help make the first couple of days easier, will make all the difference. Especially because mom and dad’s towels aren’t likely to make the move with you and probably weren’t at the top of your list of awesome stuff to get for your new space.
What are some of the items you would add to your list? Does your top 10 differ much from ours? For additional information, please check out my mortgage calculator or call me today.