Now that you’ve gone through the giant stack of papers and signed on the dotted line, it’s time to prepare for the big move. As a first-time homeowner, it can be easy to become overwhelmed between packing, scheduling utility appointments, picking out decor, and making sure you have the essentials. To help make the moving process less stressful, check out this helpful guide to discover what you’ll want to have on hand as you move into your first home.
While natural lighting is great, you’ll want to be sure you have window blinds and curtains in each room of your home. Not only are they a good safety measure, they can also positively affect the longevity of your furniture, the quality of your sleep, and even the cost of your energy bills. Draperies and blinds can provide insulation, keeping out unwanted cold and heat. This is especially important if your windows are older. Not to mention, they help limit the number of UV rays entering your home, which helps reduce uneven color changes to your walls, rugs, and furniture. Before you shop for your window coverings, know the different styles available and be sure to measure beforehand. You may only need the dimensions of the window if you’re looking for blinds. Whereas, if you’re looking for curtains you might need to know how high the window is off the floor to decide which of the standard length curtains will best fit your space.
Now that you’re a homeowner, you’ll want to be sure that your family, home, and personal belongings are safe. While you may be relying on your homeowner’s insurance policy to cover losses or damages that may occur, having a security system is an added layer of protection that can help prevent break-ins from happening in the first place. Not to mention, many insurance providers will offer a discount if you have a home security system. Nowadays, you can easily self-install security systems on your own. You’ll feel at ease knowing your home is being protected 24/7.
Whether it’s a friendly game night, family movie night, or you’re just unwinding after a long day at work, comfortable seating is a must for any home. Having a comfortable and reliable sofa in your living room will help create a cozy and welcoming environment that your family, as well as your guests, will enjoy. As you begin to settle into your new home, think about what kind of seating is best for your space. Is it a leather sectional? A big comfy sofa? Maybe it’s an oversized reclining couch. Regardless of your preference, your sofa is a long-term investment that you can enjoy for many years to come.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Along with homeownership comes the responsibility of keeping everyone inside of your home safe. One of the first things you should do when moving into your home is making sure that you have working smoke detectors. If not, be sure to go out, buy them and install them in all the right places–including every level of your home (to detect rising smoke from a fire), inside or directly outside of each bedroom and common areas, as well as in kitchens and laundry rooms where fires can originate. Don’t stop at just the smoke detectors; carbon monoxide detectors are important as well. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so having a CO detector ensures your household’s safety.
As a homeowner, chances are you now have more important documents than you did before. Investing in a lockbox or home safe is a great way to keep your crucial documents such as birth certificates, bank records, loan documents, and other valuables safe. As you browse through different options, be sure to buy a safe that is both water and fireproof to ensure your documents are protected in the event of a flood or fire.