9 Things Every First-Time Homeowner Needs
So you’ve gone and done it. You have a yard. You have a driveway. You have a real house. You’re no longer restricted to the confines of an apartment unit—or a landlord. Now, what do you do? With homeownership comes real responsibility: to keep the lawn mown, the roof physically over your head, and your friends entertained.
If you’ve just closed escrow, this list of first-house essentials will help to make homeownership a breeze. Have a friend who just purchased a new home? Consider this your housewarming gift guide!
A High-Quality Cutting Board
Your roomy new home likely has plenty of countertop for a proper cutting or carving board. And now that you have a proper dining room, you’re likely to host a Thanksgiving dinner or two. Pony up and bring home a big board for your future culinary adventures.
John Boos & Co. Maple Edge-Grain Cutting Board ($160)
A Fire Extinguisher
It’s a given that you should have purchased fire insurance for your new home. But let’s hope you don’t have to use it. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand for when those chocolate chip cookies get of hand. These ones from France are so good looking you may actually want to display them!
Fire Design Fire Extinguisher ($132)
A Step Ladder
From changing light bulbs to storing things in your pantry to replacing the shingles on your roof, a step ladder, preferably extendable, will come in handy countless times over the span of your homeownership. Just remember to have a spotter if you’re not comfortable on it yet!
Werner 8-ft. Fiberglass Step Ladder ($89)
A hose is useful for all manner of household tasks, like washing your car, watering your garden, spraying down your walkway, or even setting up a slip ‘n’ slide! You’ll be a proud owner of this one.
Garden Glory Hose ($159)
What other essentials do you recommend for a first-time homeowner? Share your thoughts in the comments below.