5 Essentials For New Homeownership
Here at A-Abel our motto is “because it’s always something”. That’s why we believe you should be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to homeownership. There are literally hundreds of things that you, as a new homeowner, should have in your arsenal to be prepared. Here’s just a few essentials for new homeownership that we believe every homeowner should have on hand for whatever comes your way.
Chances are likely that you probably have a few basic tools lying around from your life as an apartment dweller, like a screwdriver, drill, hammer, level, tape measure, wrench, pliers, staple gun, box-cutter, etc. But there are things that you may need as a new homeowner, too, like:
- Stud finder: You no longer have to resort to that blue sticky putty that works for about a week and then causes your posters to peel off the wall. Use a stud finder to identify where to hang your framed pictures and shelving units. The last thing you want is to hear is a crash in the middle of night, as your wall collapses and the porcelain dishes that were handed down to you from your great-great-great grandmother shatter into a million pieces on your hardwood floor.
- Hand saw: A more affordable and convenient alternative to a power saw. You can get a nice cross-cut saw for smooth edges on your future DIY projects.
- Duct tape: You can’t beat this go-to for when you need a quick fix around the house
- Flashlight: As a renter, you were probably able to wait until maintenance arrived to turn your lights back on. Unfortunately, as a new homeowner, that responsibility falls on you. Don’t get left in the dark when you the breaker trips or you have to do work while the power’s out.
- Headlamp: It can be hard to juggle a flashlight when you’re in the middle of working on a home project. Using a headlamp will help shine light where you need it and allows you to keep both hands free to work.
- Tool box: It’s surprising how many people don’t actually own one. Keep all of your tools in one place so you can find what you need when you need it most!
Emergency Preparedness Kit
Ensure you and your family are ready for if the worst hits. You should have enough supplies in your emergency kit to stock every member of your family (including pets) for at least 72 hours. Here’s a short list of essentials to help get your kit started:
- Food and water for your pet(s)
- Infant formula and diapers (if you have a little one)
- Sleeping bags
- Changes of clothing
- Prescription medication
Even something as simple as a candle can lead to a nasty home fire. Keep a fire extinguisher close to your kitchen and ensure every level of your home has at least one small one, in case a fire breaks out.
Ladder are useful tools in helping with DIY and decorating projects around your home. Opt for a tall, sturdy ladder for outdoor use, a medium one for indoor projects, and a small one to help shorter members of your family reach tall shelves (a short step-ladder will also work for this).
Chances are likely that things will spill. Keep the vacuum you own and use strictly indoors in tip-top shape by investing in a decent Shop-Vac. Shop-Vac’s are great to have when you need to vacuum out anything outside of your home – such as in your car or garage (such as dust or shavings from a DIY sanding job).
New homeownership can be a daunting. Oftentimes, you’ll find yourself in over your head with projects and repairs that can be difficult to fix yourself. Don’t worry – A-Abel is here to help! From electric to plumbing to HVAC, A-Abel’s got you covered. Contact a representative to get help for any of your home service needs.