The Most Useful Things To Have For New Or Soon-To-Be Homeowners

by Emily Shuffield 01/26/2020

Purchasing your first home will be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling parts of your life. It’s an important milestone on the way to financial independence and to starting a family for millions of Americans.

It also comes with a lot of responsibilities and unforeseen expenses.

A Reddit user asked the online community what items ended up being useful to them that they didn’t think about beforehand. The result was a ton of great advice for new or soon-to-be homeowners.

In today’s post, I’ve broken down the most useful items from all of their responses. So, if you’re going to be a

1. Information about past purchases

One user found that the most useful thing the previous owner left behind were a number of receipts for appliances that would be left in the house. In addition, they also left a list of model numbers for important parts like faucets, and list of all of the paint colors used in the house.

In addition, the previous homeowners even left a binder full of menus for local restaurants. While the seller of your next home might not think to leave behind all of this useful info for you, it doesn’t hurt to ask in case they have some of that information saved that they’ll no longer need.

2. Ten thousand dollars

While this comment may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, it does illustrate an important fact for new homeowners: expect to spend some money. As the poster pointed out, there isn’t necessarily one thing that you’ll need. More likely, you’ll find yourself running to the hardware store often for a number of small purchases.

Setting aside some money for these initial expenses is a good idea so that you can get the most out of your home in the first few months living in it without worrying about how or when you’re going to replace some of the many small, but annoying, fixes you’ll experience in your new house.

3. A steel hand cart

From day one and onward, you’ll be moving a lot of things around your home. Heavy objects like dressers, drawers, refrigerators, and other furniture and appliances will often require two people to move. Well, if you live alone or you and your spouse work different hours, it isn’t always possible to have two people around to help lift and move something. To save time and prevent injury, having a dolly (A.K.A. a steel hard cart) on hand will make things easier.

4. Check your cell phone signal before moving day

In spite of the claims of the major cellular carriers, there are still many areas of the U.S. that have little or no reception. This can come as a shock on moving day if you haven’t planned ahead.

Fortunately, you can purchase a device called a microcell to boost the cellular signal in your home, preventing dropped calls.

5. A Carbon monoxide and smoke detector, and fresh batteries

As much as you may trust the previous owners, there’s no way to be certain that there aren’t any fire or CO hazards in the home that you’re unaware of. Getting new detectors, batteries, and installing them immediately will help you rest easy on your first night.

About the Author
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Emily Shuffield

Dedication | Communication | Trust
I’m dedicated to helping my clients navigate the home buying/selling process as they shift from one chapter to another. This process isn’t just about finding a house, it’s about building a home. The people you’ll meet, the schools you’ll choose, the community you’ll join… this process is so important for so many reasons and ultimately will shape who you become. I’m committed to helping you and your family make the right decisions, provide you with industry expertise and realistic expectations to insure your story has a perfect ending.

Things that make me happy:
● Family is what I live for – Work Hard – Play Harder
● I LOVE lifting heavy things!
● Everything Outdoors: Campfires, 14ers, boating, fishing, snowboarding & the night sky.
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Little-known fact…
While I am a Colorado Native, I was extremely blessed at a very young age and had the privilege of traveling the world with my dad and sister. In fact, I have traveled to more individual countries around the world than I have states within the US.  Some countries that I have visited; Spain, Italy, Australia, Costa Rica, Scotland, Switzerland, Mexico, England and India.

Are we a good fit?
Specializing in Parker and the extended surrounding areas, I’ve helped everyone from first time home buyers to savvy investors. My goal is to take what seems to be a complicated process and transform it into a less stressful more rewarding next chapter for you and your family |
Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) | Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) |
Diamond Circle Award Winner 2018 & 2019 (qualified) | Member of the National and South Metro Denver Association of Realtors|

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