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December 14, 2016
by Shayla Concannon

Gift Ideas to Give a New Homeowner!

These new home essentials will make home ownership a lot easier in the first few weeks.

The recommended home gadgets/tools are spot on!   I remember being a home owner for the first time and constantly borrowing tools from generous neighbors for the first year.  Secondly, with the holidays right around the corner,  these items would be perfect stocking stuffers for any type of homeowner; new or old.  A practical gift is is always appreciated, especially when you have a necessary item when the need arises.


9 Essential Things Every New Homeowner Should Have

Source: Home Logic

When Lauren Hunter and her husband moved into their first home in Hilliard, Ohio, the previous homeowner had left behind a ladder. It turned out to be awesome, Hunter says. You dont realize how many situations where ladders make things easier. Hanging pictures is one thing, but try hanging curtains in a two-story great room.

Whether its the need to hang a clock just a few feet higher or the realization that you really cant hold a flashlight and get that nut loosened under the sink, theres always something catching you by surprise as a homeowner.

With the right items on hand, however, you can be prepared for every scenario just like Hunter was, thanks to that ladder. When her family moved to a larger home, they paid it forward by leaving the ladder behind for the new owners.

Do yourself a favor by stocking your home with the following items, and youll be ready for every home ownership challenge.

1. Wet-Dry Vacuum

Youre gonna be spilling stuff. Look for a wet-dry vacuum that can handle everything from paint to nails and small stones. We inherited one of those with our first house, and it was an awesome thing to have for vacuuming the car and cleaning the garage, Hunter says. Unlike the ladder, we kept that Shop-Vac when we moved.

2. (The Right) Fire Extinguisher

Whenever anyone I know moves, I give them a fire extinguisher as a housewarming gift, says Nina Patel, a Silver Spring, Md., homeowner who, years ago, accidentally set her apartment on fire with a homemade candle. I was able to put out the fire with a pan of water, but it was a panicked moment. Ive had my own fire extinguisher ever since.

But before going out and buying the first extinguisher you see, check out the U.S. Fire Administrations guide. There are five different types of fire extinguishers with different uses, from extinguishing cooking oils to wood and paper. Choose the best type or types for your home.

3. Extension Cord Organizer

Home ownership seems to breed extension cords that grow into a tangled nest. Save yourself time and hassle, and splurge on one of several cord management devices. Or make your own with a pegboard, hooks, and velcro straps to keep each cord loop secure. Either way, your cords will be knot-free and easy to find. And be sure to include a heavy-duty extension cord in your organizer thats outdoor-worthy. You dont want to really have to use that fire extinguisher.

4. Big-Kid Tools

Odds are you already own a bunch of the basics: drill, screwdriver, hammer, level, tape measure, wrench, pliers, staple gun, utility knife, etc. But home ownership may require a few new ones you might not have needed before, including a:

5. Tool Kit

Youll need something to carry all those tools around from project to project. Create a tool carrier using a tool bucket liner and an old 5-gallon bucket. Or invest in a handyman belt filled with the basics to keep on hand in the kitchen.

6. Headlamp

Take that flashlight out of your mouth and work hands-free. From switching out a faucet to figuring out whats making that clicking noise behind the washer, there are plenty of homeowner tasks that require both hands and a little artificial light.

7. Emergency Preparedness Kit

FEMA has a great list of supplies you should have in your kit, including cash, food, water, infant formula and diapers, medications, a flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, matches, sleeping bags, and a change of clothing. The agency recommends you stock enough for every member of your household, including pets, for at least 72 hours.

8. Ladder(s!)

But not just any old ladder. Consider:

And dont forget about the all-important escape ladder. The Red Cross recommends them for sleeping areas in multistory homes.

9. Confidence

Especially for first-time home buyers. Youre inheriting the responsibilities a landlord would have if you were renting, says Hunter. Mowing isnt a big deal, but maybe fixing a shingle or changing a faucet is. But with a little self-confidence and some YouTube tutorials theres (almost) no DIY project you cant master.

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