Starting a new home is always an exciting time for any young family. Whether you’ve just finished constructing your dream home or closed a deal with the local realtor, there are various essential items that you’ll realize don’t come with the finished house.
While some of these can be considered a must-have; others become necessary as a matter of preference for the homeowner.
Today, we want to ensure that you don’t get unawares and save you the embarrassment when you start welcoming your first guests. Below is a guide to 10 day-to-day essentials that we believe all homes should have.
1. Kitchen Utensils
The Kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the home, especially when you have a sizable family. As such, you will need to buy some supplies to keep it functional all the time. If you’ve already shopped for your groceries, several items will be needed to prepare the dish.
Get your kitchen up and running by purchasing some of the basic utensils. You can acquire these as a set or choose a few essentials that your cooking area can’t do without. Remember to include everything from spoons, forks, knives, pots, plates, pans, chopping board, spatulas, can opener, etc. in your to-buy list.
With time, you can add on to the list as the family continues to grow and as your needs continue to increase. This way, your guests can be assured of eating a home-cooked meal when they come as opposed to take-out!
2. Window treatments
Window treatments are one of the first features that a person sees when they walk into a house. They not only improve the décor and outlook of the home but also ensure that your personal space is safe from prying eyes.
There are different types and designs of window coverings you can buy; from blinds to drapes and shades to panels. Depending on your preferences, buy a window treatment that is both functional and cute enough to create the right first impression on a visitor.
3. Garbage Cans
That little bin you keep next to your bed in your apartment won’t cut it when you move to your new house. For a fully functional home, you’ll need to have trash cans in almost every room, including the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and even garage.
Go and shop for cans of different sizes and need to ensure that all the trash and unwanted items in your home are safely disposed of. This will go a long way to keep your home spotless at all times.
A bike will come in handy on those casual days when you don’t have to go to work. It allows you and your kids to exercise and take it easy on those lazy weekends. You can invest in a nice cargo bike for your family that will come in handy when shopping for groceries in the market or when there is any light cargo that needs to be carried to town.
5. Electronic Appliances
Small electronic appliances like a coffee maker help to make your home a practical place to live in. It ensures that you always get to enjoy your refreshing beverage every morning before heading to work.
Other small appliances that you’re probably going to use on a day-to-day basis include a microwave, toaster, iron box, shaver, etc. All these will prove to be convenient in the course of the day.
6. Tool Kit
For a new place that you’ve just moved into, the contractor might have overlooked some minor details. From loose doorknobs to missing screws and leaking faucets, having a fully-fledged toolbox allows you to take care of these minor fixtures without hiring a technician.
Furthermore, you don’t want to be the new guy that keeps on borrowing a hammer from your neighbors! It doesn’t hurt to have some level of self-sufficiency.
7. Security Camera
Building a home is an enormous investment that you can’t gamble with as far as security is concerned. Surveillance cameras are a great way to always keep an eye on your valuables, especially when there’s nobody around.
You might need to install several cameras at strategic sections and rooms in your home. These do a great job of deterring would-be thieves and vandals, as well as allow you to contact the security apparatus before the damage is done.
8. Laundry Essentials
Cleanliness they say is second to Godliness! Your home is no exception when it comes to keeping things tidy, and this extends to personal hygiene. You’ll need to have several laundry baskets to store your dirty clothes, as well as detergent, fabric softener, and even dryer sheets.
If your wardrobe is predominantly casual, you might be able to get away with not having an iron board. Otherwise, you’ll need one to make ironing your official work clothes fast and easy.
9. Fire Extinguisher
A fire extinguisher will keep minor accidents like electric sparks and burning food in the kitchen from turning into a devastating disaster. Before calling the fire station, you can use your small fire extinguisher to keep things from getting out of hand.
10. Welcome Mat
Last but not least, you always want your guests to feel at home when they come to say hi. This can be done right from the front door by installing a cute and cozy welcome mat. You can complement this with rugs to keep dirt and other debris trapped in people’s shoes from crossing the threshold.