(Closed) House Essentials Check List

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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?

-Fire extinguisher

-brooms (depending on your flooring)

-outdoor lighting

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
10589 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

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
  • flashlights
  • nightlights
  • dehumidifier (for the basement)


Post # 7
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Do you have tools? A hammer and a screwdriver are needed pretty much immediately always.

Post # 8
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

*bump*  we are looking to buy too so I want to come back to this

OP-congrats and happy house hunting!

Post # 9
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Do you already live on your own, or are you moving out of your parents’ place? When Darling Husband 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 # 11
4948 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

  • Carbon monoxide detectors (in addition to the smoke detectors your home probably already has)
  • First aid kit
  • Sprinklers (if no system)
  • Soaker hoses (depending where you live – those of us in north Texas use them to water our foundations so they don’t crack, but you can also use for flower beds – bury them about 6-8″ below the dirt and about 6-12″ from the house)
  • Composter (can make instead of buy)


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