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What essentials do I need for a new home?

Walking into your new home for the first time can be exhilarating. It can also be overwhelming when you noticed all the empty space you need to fill. Furnishing and preparing your new home might take more time and effort than you expect. As you move in, many essentials will start springing to mind--essentials that you might have taken for granted while living with family, in dorms or in a tiny apartment. Don't let these details steal the excitement from your new milestone; come into home ownership prepared.

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Major Appliances

Depending on what the previous owners leave you, you might need to start shopping for some major appliances. Check out the kitchen and laundry room to discover whether you will need to purchase a refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, washing machine or dryer. If you are on a budget, you can spread out these purchases. Assess your priorities and determine what you can do without, at least temporarily. A refrigerator or an oven might be an immediate need, but perhaps you could wash dishes by hand for a few months.

Outdoor Maintenance

New homeowners moving from apartments might be thrilled to finally have a yard, but with that yard comes new maintenance duties. Set aside some money to buy a lawnmower. You will also need a rake or a leaf blower for the autumn months and a ladder for painting or tending to rain gutters. If you plan on dressing up your property with flowers or beginning a vegetable garden, you will need to make sure you have a shovel, a trowel and a hose.


One of the easiest essentials to overlook is tools for your own safety. These may not be tools you are used to using every day, but they will work to protect your life, property and loved ones. Before you even spend one night at your new place, you will need to ensure that you have a working fire alarm installed. You might also want to invest in a security alarm. A fire extinguisher is another essential for your safety.


Furnishing your new home can be a challenge whether you are starting out on your own for the first time or just moving out of smaller quarters. Even if you already own the basics, you might find that a bigger living environment makes your home look a little empty. Your most crucial purchases will be beds, a couch, a dining room table, lighting for each room and dustbins. To fill out extra space, add coffee tables, end tables, desks, shelves, drawers and extra seating.

Minor Essentials

Don't assume that smaller essentials can be overlooked. To live comfortably in your new home, you will need basic kitchen supplies, such as dishes, knives, silverware, can openers, a cutting board, pots and pans. Keep your new home shiny and tidy with cleaning supplies. You will want to have a vacuum cleaner, mop, broom, toilet brush and plunger. You will need dish soap and washing powder within the first few days, so stock up on these products now. A basic first-aid kit is also essential for any homeowner, and don't wait until the sun sets to realise that you need curtains and an alarm clock.

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About the Author

Kristin Wood entered the media industry in 2006 as a proofreader. She began her writing career in 2008, with work appearing in several online magazines, corporate blogs, nonprofit websites and local newspapers. Wood specializes in education, health, beauty, fashion, business and home-and-garden topics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Point University.

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