keys to your houseOnce you purchase a new home, you might think you’re done with all the hard work and heavy lifting. But you still have a whole lot of shopping to do for your new home. When you open the door to your new home, you’re going to find that a lot of things are missing. If your home is unfurnished and you’re moving from an apartment to a larger home, you’re going to need to invest pretty heavily in home furnishings.

A New Set of Locks and Keys

The previous residents of your new home may have given a set of keys to family members, neighbors, or coworkers, so it’s a good idea to change the locks and keys in the home once it is yours. Even if your home is new construction, there’s always the possibility that contractors have a set of keys to your home.

The most cost-effecient way to replace the locks in your home is simply to remove them and take them to a home improvement or hardware store to be re-keyed. It is less costly than replacing all of the locks outright.

Linens and Things

Your new home will be short on things like curtains, towels and bed linens. You’ll definitely want to stock up on many of these items. Online retailers like Overstock and Amazon often have great deals on bedding.

Gardening Supplies

If you moved from an apartment, you probably didn’t have any garden supplies. Now that you have your own home with a backyard, you’re going to want to maintain it. You’ll need to invest in a lawnmower to mow your grass lawn.

You’ll also want to invest in a garden hose or sprinkler, shovel, rake, and even a watering can to help maintain your lawn and garden.

Invest in a Tool Box

Now that you own your own home and will be maintaining it yourself, it’s a good idea to invest in a tool box in order to make basic repairs. Some basic items you’ll want to stock up on in your tool box include a hammer, nails, screwdrivers (Philips and flathead), pliers, a tape measure, a plumber’s wrench, a basin wrench and a staple gun.

There are other items that are useful to have but those are the core essentials that you will want to stock up on first.

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