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A First Homeowner’s Checklist

Buying your first home is nothing short of a milestone, but the real fun begins right after you move in. While you have heard of the costs of homeownership after the mortgage has been paid, now it’s time to put that theory into practice. However, in order to do it, you’ll need a few things in your arsenal. Join us today as we go over what every first-time homeowner should have in their home!

Maintenance:

Tools
Yes, a little bit of a no-brainer, but it is important to know the types of tools you’re going to need. Forget that rinky-dink tool set you had in your undergrad years or those little $20 cases at a department store—good tools will save you money in the long run. You have invested in your home, so why not invest in the upkeep of it with some high-quality tools? Think top-of-the-line tool brands like Craftsman or Snap-On. As the saying goes, “only a rich man can afford to buy cheap tools.”

Ladder
No matter what type your home is—ranch, two-story, or split-level, having a ladder on hand is always a great idea. You never know when you’ll have to reach a hard-to-get-to spot, and your ladder will come in clutch. In addition, now is definitely the time to have one, as you can clean out all the leaves in your gutter on your own—no need to hire a service.

Emergencies:

Fire Extinguisher
You hope to never have to use it, but pray that it’s there when you need it. A fire extinguisher is hands-down one of the best insurance policies you can have on your home, but it is important to know which one you need. There are many different extinguishers out there for different types of fires (electrical, oil, conventional, etc.), so make sure you have the right one for you. Our recommendation is to invest in one that will cover them all, and to always keep one on each floor of the house.

Emergency Kit

Another one that you hope to never need, an emergency kit can be a saving grace if disaster were to ever hit. You can buy one pre-made, or build your own—just make sure that it is easily accessible and can be grabbed in a matter of seconds. For ideas on what to put in it, check out FEMA’s recommendations!

Misc.

Confidence
Buying a home is a trying task, but once you’ve made it through those hurdles, you can handle whatever homeownership throws at you; remember that. Like we were during the process, your American Dream Realty agent is there for you at any time after you have moved in, for advice on anything you can possibly need. When you choose to go with us, you are choosing to go with a team that will have your back whenever you need it.

To get started on your very own home-buying journey, come into our office today!

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