You did it! You bought your first home. Congratulations. It’s a huge step, and it’s an excellent investment. Not only will your property appreciate, but you will get to call all the shots from here on out.
Gone are the days of a landlord saying, “No pets.” Your parents can no longer remind you, “My house, my rules.”
You are in charge of your own space now. But remember, “With great power comes great responsibility.” And, here’s what you will need to have on hand now that you are a new homeowner, in the essentials for new homeowners guide.
Essentials for new homeowners…
No one is saying you have to be a handy person to own a home. There are a lot of people who can’t hold a hammer that still have a home. But, there are a few essential tools you need at your house, and that you need to learn to use.
You will need to learn how to work a drill. You don’t need to go out and buy a super-expensive power drill. A small cordless battery drill will suffice. Take some time and ask a sales associate at your local big-box store what bits to get and what screws to have on hand if you are using it to hang pictures, curtains, and blinds. Then remember to keep it charged.
A hammer will come in handy when nails pop out, or that anchor for the screw to hang your picture or shower curtain won’t slide right in the hole. And the claw will be essential when you need to pull nails or anchors of the wall when you change your mind about where something is located.
At some point, you will have to assemble some furniture in a box. To do so, you will need a screwdriver kit.
All landscaping requires a hose. When you plant flowers outside, you will need to water them. You will also need to hose off your patio area. And occasionally you will need to wash the cobwebs and leaves off the shutters and out of the gutters. A hose is an essential tool in all of these chores.
Lawnmower and Weed Eater
The grass needs to be cut, and the walkways need to be edged. If you don’t do this, your neighbours will get mad at you. And, even worse, critters will flock to your house. Don’t want mice and angry neighbours? Get a lawnmower and cut the grass and around the walkways.
No one said owning a home is easy. It is hard work to keep it maintained. But it’s also worth the effort. Every time you invest in the upkeep of your home, you are adding to its value. The fact is, as is on average, your home will appreciate between 3% and 5% every year. It doesn’t matter if you buy Oklahoma City real estate or rural property in the mountains of Colorado; your home should appreciate every year.
Now, the more you invest in it, the more significant that increase will be. So, upkeep, maintenance, and a small project here and there can go a long way for your bottom line. Just keep those essential tools on hand, and you are on your way to living the life of an actual homeowner.
Any other essentials for new homeowners that you would recommend?
This is a contributed post.