Top 10 Things a First-Time Home Buyer Forgets to Purchase

Congratulations! You’re buying your first home. Now that you have the keys, we want to make sure you don’t get caught in a new home without the items that were meant to make your new, home-owning life easier.

1. Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

One of the first things you should do before you spend your first night in the house is check for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. These are often forgotten. Take a look at what you have, test them to make sure they work, and make a list of what you need. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommend homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom and in a hallway or stairwell on every level of the home, including finished basements and attics. Don’t wait when it comes to safety.

2. Wet Dry Vac

Moving can be messy, and so can life in a house. From picking up shattered glass, cheerios, or saw dust, a Shop-Vac® brand wet dry vac is well worth the investment. If you have some home improvement projects, anything from a burst water pipe to full blown renovations, this guy will be your new best friend. And you’ll notice some other items on our list team up with a wet dry vac to make life much less messy.

3. Ladder

There are going to be some things in your new house you just can’t reach. Rather than borrowing that old wobbly ladder from your parents, invest in a sturdy ladder of your own. Whether you use it for painting inside, or cleaning the leaves out from your spouting in the fall, it’s going to come in handy. We promise.

4. Air Mover (aka portable dryer)

One of the first things you should do before you move in is clean all of the floors. Hard floors are a little less time-consuming than carpet, but carpet is just as important to clean. While a carpet cleaner would be helpful to have, they’re easy to rent, so it didn’t make our list. Its partner in crime, the air mover, did. The air mover makes our list because it comes in handy for drying carpet once you’ve cleaned it, but is also extremely helpful if you have a basement that could flood. In minor or major flooding, an air mover is a life saver.

5. Lawnmower

This one is pretty self-explanatory, so we’ll keep it short and sweet. For those of you that have a yard with your home, unless you plan to employ a landscaping crew every few weeks, you’re going to want to invest in a lawnmower of some sort.

6. Leaf Blower

Pair your lawnmower with a leaf blower or rake for fall clean up. If you take our advice and decide to purchase a wet dry vac, opt for the vac with a detachable blower and you can check both number one and six off your list.

7. Drain Cleaner

Clogged shower drain that liquid clog remover can’t fix?Lose an earring down the sink? Save yourself some money – avoid an expensive plumber bill and instead, equip yourself with the tools to do it yourself. It’s easy, as long as you have the right tools. A plunger is a no-brainer, but take it a step further and add a Drain Hero® attachment to your wet dry vac. Not only does this help unclog drain, but it also can help you retrieve jewelry, valuables and coins from the dark depths of the drain. You can’t put a value on this (but if you could, it would be way more than the $12 price).

8. Tools

We’re cheating a little bit here, because there are a few basic tools that are good to have: a level, hammer, screwdriver and a drill. Whether you’re hanging up artwork to get your Feng shui just right, or putting together your new Shop-Vac® wet dry vac, all of these tools will make your life much easier. The longer you go without them, the more you’ll realize you need them.

9. Tarp

Tarps can be used for a variety of new home needs. If you’re painting, or doing any sort of renovating, they can cover your floor. In the yard, they can be used to transport and distribute mulch, collect leaves, protect items from the rain and protect your plants from a frosty night. Bonus: Tarps can be used to make a great homemade Slip N’ Slide® water slide in the summer.

10. Long Outdoor Extension Cord

Give yourself a broader range of coverage in the yard, or make your holiday light display easier to light. You’ll realize once you move in that there aren’t plugs everywhere that you’d like there to be. In all of those instances – inside or outside – a long extension cord will come to the rescue to help you get things done (or make them look pretty for the holidays).

Feel ready to conquer home ownership? What did we miss? Sound off in the comments below.

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