Preparing to be a Homeowner

When you’re moving from an apartment or your parent’s house into your first home, there are a few basic items you need to purchase before moving.  Being well-prepared can ease some of the stress and frustration that first-time homeowners sometimes experience.

Prepare a Tool Kit

Typically,renters are not responsible for repairs that are needed on the rental property. Therefore, you probably don’t have some of the basic tools you’ll need to make minor repairs or to decorate your home. Some of the items you should have in your toolbox are a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, tape measure, adjustable wrenches and a utility knife. You might also want to invest in a power drill or electric screwdriver. When you’re decorating your new home, having tools for hanging picture frames, measuring and leveling will make achieving perfection much easier.

Outdoor Space

If you have been living where you were not responsible for the upkeep of a lawn, you’ll need to purchase some lawn care equipment. A mower and trimmer are essential. You may also need other items such as a rake, shovel and wheelbarrow. If you plan to have a flower garden or vegetable garden, you’ll need to invest in some basic garden tools such as a trowel and spade. A water hose is also something you’ll likely need as a new homeowner.

Preparation System

As a renter, you probably only had to make one call to report a plumbing or electrical problem. Once you become a homeowner, you should prepare a list of names and numbers of repair people just in case you need to call a professional.  Sometimes, you can get recommendations from family, neighbors or co-workers. Keep the list of names and numbers along with important papers such as insurance policies and product or appliance warranties in an easily accessible place.

As a homeowner, you have an increase in home maintenance responsibilities. You can often save yourself some money when you have the necessary tools on hand to do small repair jobs around the house.

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