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What to Buy First for Your New Home

September 20, 2017

You just closed on a beautiful custom home brought from your dreams into reality. What more could you need? While your house is likely fitted with modern and beautiful finishes, there are a few things you’ll still need to add. What you decide to purchase first is a personal choice, but these are a few of our suggestions:

Cleaning Supplies

Moving can be messy. As your moving company brings in boxes and you begin to get settled, having cleaning supplies readily available can be a life-saver. We recommended having hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, and a broom and dust pan handy starting on moving day.

Window Treatments and Linens

Your new home is a blank slate just waiting for your touch.  The linens and curtains throughout the house will instantly make the space feel more like home. They will also provide privacy from your neighbors while allowing natural light in during the day.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

This should include a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra batteries, food and water, fire extinguisher, and whatever specific needs your household may have, like pet food or an epi pen. FEMA’s emergency preparedness list is here. An emergency kit will keep your family safe in case of a major weather event or power outage. The need for such a kit depends a bit on where you live, but it is always a good idea to be prepared. The first aid kit will get much more use than an emergency preparedness kit, but they are both important to have on hand.

Yardwork Supplies

Is this your first yard? You’ll want a lawn mower, edger (or weed eater), shears, gardening gloves, and a rake, among other tools. Yards take regular upkeep, and you can find our tips for maintaining your yard on our blog.

Alarm System

We install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in every home we build. The next step to keep your house and family safe is to install a home alarm system. This could include a Nest security camera, compatible with the optional Nest thermostats we install.

Practical Tools

Tools such as wrenches, a stud finder, level, and power drill will help you with any number of DIY or home maintenance projects, from hanging art, to mounting a flatscreen television, to assembling furniture.

We hope these suggestions will help you get settled comfortably in your custom home. Then it’s time to decorate!