New homeowners pay, on average, $5,000 on top of the purchase price to turn their house into a home. There are many factors that we overlook when purchasing a new home. We are here to help you!

Whether you are a new homeowner for the first time or the fifth, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out 9 things to consider purchasing for your new house.

  1. Tools

One of the best pieces of homeowner advice is to buy some basic tools for your new home. Find a tool kit with a hammer, screwdrivers, and a tape measure. You will also want to make sure it has a level for hanging decor!

Another tool that is handy to have around is a drill/electric screwdriver (you’ll be hanging and building things before you know it!) Having a drill will make it easy to tackle basic home projects. It also speeds up the furniture building process!

  1. Cleaning Supplies

Something that is often overlooked is stocking your home with all the things you need to clean! Before move-in, you are going to want to give your new home a good cleaning. This will make the home feel fresh and ready for you to move in.

Create a cleaning kit that is easy to access in your home. Fill it with these cleaning essentials to get you started:

  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Dish and Laundry Soap
  • Sponges/Rags
  • Broom/Dustpan

To clean any hard floors you have in your new home, buy a wet mop and floor cleaner. Don’t forget a stand-up or robot vacuum for your carpeted areas!

  1. Appliances

Before moving in, you should check to ensure any existing appliances are working. If you are moving into a brand new house, you may need to buy all new appliances. This includes things like a washer/dryer, dishwasher, and stove.

Sometimes when buying a house, kitchen appliances aren’t included, even when someone lived there before. This could leave you in charge of buying big-ticket items like an oven or fridge. Be sure to know which appliances will be staying and which won’t when buying a house.

You may also want or need some small appliances. These could include a coffee maker, toaster, or microwave. Make a list of everything you would like in your kitchen to ensure you do not miss anything!

  1. Security System/Smart Doorbell

After buying your new home, you want to make sure it is protected. Installing a security system can ensure the safety of your home and your family. Studies show that 60% of burglars polled find an alternate target if a security system was present.

If you don’t want a security system, get a smart doorbell instead. This will allow you to know who is coming and going when you aren’t home. You can also see who is at the front door without having to open it!

Having a smart doorbell also lets you see when packages are being delivered. This will be helpful when setting up your new home and packages are arriving often! You should also change your locks since you don’t know who had keys from the previous owners

  1. Furniture

If you’re moving from a previous house, you may already have some furniture to fill your new house. If you find that some of your old furniture doesn’t quite fit, you may need to buy new items. Finding the perfect furniture to fit your home can make a big difference in the feel of the house.

Some items you can take your time finding and some you’ll need right away. You will want to have a comfortable couch where you can rest after all the work of moving. You will also want a table to sit and eat your meals.

If you now have extra rooms, you may need to buy an extra bedroom set for guests!

  1. Linens

Fresh linens for your home can have a big impact. Stock your bathrooms with fresh towels for yourself and your guests. You will also need dish towels and dishcloths for the kitchen.

You will want to be sure that you have a few sets of sheets for each bed in your home. Choose sheets that are high quality and that wash well. This will ensure that your investment will last you a long time.

  1. Window Coverings

Another item you may not have thought about is window coverings. Depending on where you live, you will want curtains or blinds for privacy. They also add character to your home and can tie a room together.

Your new home may not come with curtain rods for your curtains. Be sure to add them to your list!

  1. Smart Home Devices

The first smart home device you are going to want is a smart thermostat. They help you to conserve energy, saving you money on your utility bills! You can also control your home environment right from your phone!

You will also want to grab a smart speaker to control any other smart devices you have in your home. A speaker can control your lights and play music throughout the house! Don’t forget smart plugs too!

  1. Lawn Care Items

If you are now the proud owner of a lawn, you will need to care for it! Buying a lawnmower is essential if you plan on cutting grass yourself. You can get a push or riding mower depending on yard size.

You will also need to stock up on other lawn care items such as shovels and rakes! It is also helpful to have some gardening tools for planting flowers. Remember to grab a hose and sprinklers to water your grass as well!

Before You Start Shopping

Check out this guide that tells you everything you need to know when buying a home. It contains everything from setting a budget to making an offer.

You will not want to buy a home without this guide to buying your first home!

Welcome to Your New Home!

Now that you know exactly what you will need when furnishing a new home, you are ready to get moving, literally! If you found this post helpful, be sure to read more about buying a home!