Post # 1
Bees, we’re in the process of purchasing our first house this winter. We’re hoping to move from our apartment to the house sometime in the vicinity of late Jan/early Feb. I want you to give me the lowdown on what we’ll need for the house shortly after our move and also for the first year. To start, I was thinking:
1. backup generator
2. trash cans
4. shovels for snow
1. lawn mower
Please keep adding to this list because I know there must be tons I haven’t considered yet!
Post # 3
A lot of times, your trash cans are provided by the city, and you get them through the city waste management office. So make sure you check on that before going out and buying your own!
Also, make sure you have a well stocked tool kit. I’d also pre-research a good plumber and electrician or two (in case you have an emergency – don’t want to be scrambling to research one as your house floods or something!). Good to have a backup ready to go in case one is busy or can’t make it.
Is there any other landscaping besides grass? Like bushes that need clipping or flower beds that need tending? You’ll need more equipment for that. Does the house come with a hose or sprinkler?
What about ice melt for pathways/driveway?
You probably have stuff you need for inside allready – cleaning stuff, vacuum, etc. So no big deal there 🙂
Post # 4
If you are moving into a previously owned home, the first thing to do would be to change the locks.
Also, ensure that your plumming, sewer/septic, water, water heater, gasline, etc. are up to par and running correctly.
What about washer/dryer capability?
-brooms (depending on your flooring)
The first thing I learned when I moved into my house is how to diassemble and reassemble a toilet. HA HA! My Dad assured me that this was important information for new homeowners. I shook it off until one month my water bill the THREE times the normal price and I went through each of the toilets and realized that there was a bowl leak in one of them. I was able to go to the store, grab what I needed and fix it. Pretty good info.
A lot of it is just being aware of how your house operates day to day. Get into the house and you will slowly make up a list of wants and needs for home improvment.
Congrats on your house!
Post # 5
You’ll probably also need more of certain things due to extra rooms. Hand towels, soap dispensers/soap dishes, and garbage cans. Also a rug or something to keep dirty/wet shoes on for each door that you’ll use.
Another thing to consider is a rain barrel, BBQ and patio furniture although those aren’t necessities.
Post # 6
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Adding on to what PPs have already suggested:
- window coverings
- gas cans (5 gallon cans are about $10 each plus the gas to fill them, we keep 35 gallons on hand) for the back-up generator and future lawn equipemnt
- sturdy container with tight fitting lid for storage of ice melt
- a shop vac
- dehumidifier (for the basement)
Post # 7
Do you have tools? A hammer and a screwdriver are needed pretty much immediately always.
Post # 8
*bump* we are looking to buy too so I want to come back to this
OP-congrats and happy house hunting!
Post # 9
Do you already live on your own, or are you moving out of your parents’ place? When DH first moved out of his parents’ house in to his own house, he quickly realized just HOW MUCH crap he needed lol! Everything from dishes and cultery to lawn supplies, to furnishings, to towels… the list never seemed to end haha!
Post # 10
@DeathByDesign: We’re moving from an apartment. Yes, I could only imagine how traumatic it would be to go from someone else’s home to your first home! But it’s well worth it! 🙂
@sn2bmrsmntgmry: Thank you! Glad I could be useful to someone else as well. I keep looking online for a nice, comprehensive “To Do” or “To Get” list and have come up empty. The advice here is priceless! So many things I hadn’t, but should, consider! Keep it coming, bees!