More Stuff to Buy for a New House
- Paint Brushes: one-inch to four-inches
- Paint Scraper with steel brush for cleaning paint brushes
- Five-Gallon Container for mixing paint
- Paint Screen
- Paint Roller and Sleeves
- Drop Cloths or plastic sheeting
- Electrical Tester
- Wire Nuts
- Assorted Screws and Nails
- Assortment of Sandpaper
- Outdoor EntertainingLawn chairs, patio furniture and umbrella, and a barbecue grill are among the starter items most people put out back. A nice starter grill is a Weber charcoal grill, and it’s very inexpensive. Compare Prices
- Snow Removal EquipmentIf it snows where you live, you’ll need to remove it. Many cities give homeowners a certain period of time to remove the snow and you can be cited if you don’t. Apart from clearing the driveway so you can get your car out of the garage, remember the sidewalks and front steps.
Snowblowers can be expensive.
But you can also find used snowblowers on Craigslist. If a snowblower is not in your budget, then look at flat- and curved-snow shovels, plus ice-chippers and a bag of salt or sand come in handy when the ground freezes.
- Window CoveringsYou can choose from blinds, drapes, Roman shades, scarves, toppers, curtains, honeycombs, sheers or shutters. Compare Prices
If your budget is stretched too thin, check out self-adhesive paper blinds with clips. These attach by peeling off the adhesive covering and sticking the top of the blind to the underside at the top of your window. They are pleated, so you can fold them up and clip them when you want to open the blinds. They cost less than $5, and serve as a good temporary solution.
- AppliancesMany new homes are equipped with new appliances, but when buying an older home, depending on where you live, it might be customary for the seller to take some of the appliances. Not all appliances are fixtures, either.
At the very least, you will need a:
- If new is out of your price range, then consider buying used appliances, which will save you roughly 75% or more of the cost new.
- Linens, Towels and Floor CoveringsNow that you can paint your rooms any color you choose, you might also find a need to buy new towels for the bathroom. Newly painted walls call attention to older, worn items, and your towels might be better suited for washing the car or your dog than hanging in a fresh, new bathroom. Consider also floor mats for the bath or area rugs for your larger rooms.
If you need new duvet covers, sheets or bedspreads, you can often find good bargains at places like Linen-n-Things or Bed, Bath & Beyond.
- Domestic PetsMaybe your previous lease prevented you from owning a dog or cat, but now that you own your home, you can adopt a pet! Some cities have restrictions on the number of four- and two-legged critters you can have, so be sure to check with your local authorities. Also, ask if you need a city license for your dog or cat. Many new homeowners are concerned about saving a life and choose to adopt from a local shelter.
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