7 Important Things You May Need in Your New Home

People move for a lot of reasons. The U.S. Census has collected moving data to get a better idea of where people are moving and why. One of the top reasons for moving is the need for a “better” home. In other words, a person’s current domicile didn’t meet their domestic needs.

Of the roughly five million homes that are sold each year many are considered move-in ready, but that doesn’t mean they’re 100% perfect. Chances are there will be a few things you need to buy whenever you move into a new home.

Furniture

You may already have furniture, but does it fit in the new house? Some buyers put a lot of emphasis on room size strictly because they want to make sure their furniture fits. No matter how hard you try sometimes old furniture just doesn’t work in a new home.

Two of the most common areas where new furniture is needed are the living room and bedroom. Usually bulky furniture is the first thing that needs to be replaced. If you have to spend the money, consider investing in expertly crafted pieces from makers like Thomasville Furniture that will stand the test of time.

Door Locks

Most homebuyers are so excited to get the keys to their new home they may not think about who else has a set. Sellers are supposed to turn over all of the keys, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t extra copies floating around. It’s better to be safe than sorry (literally) by replacing all of the locks on the exterior doors.

For the most secure entries, get an ANSI Grade I deadbolt lock with a steel strike plate. Add a metal dowel in the track of sliding glass doors so they aren’t easy to get through.

Home Security System

In addition to the door locks, it’s a good idea to consider installing a smart home security system before moving into your new home. There are obvious benefits, like being able to sleep better at night, as well as indirect benefits like getting a discount on your home insurance premiums.

You can go all out with a professionally monitored system or keep tabs on your own when you use smart home security products. The devices are internet-connected and can sync together to get a comprehensive system that you can monitor from your phone or tablet. The three main components of a smart home security system are alarms, motion sensors and cameras.

Window Treatments

Homebuyers have to keep in mind that the seller may take the window treatments with them when they leave. Some homes never have them in the first place, but going without them isn’t ideal for security or energy efficiency.

There’s a huge selection of window treatments available, including smart products. These combine traditional window coverings (think curtains and blinds) with a small motor that can be connected to your Wi-Fi. They allow you to put your blinds on an automatic schedule or control them remotely with the touch of a button.

Cleaning Supplies

Most of the time sellers will give their home a deep cleaning before closing day. But that’s not always the case. Starting fresh in a new home means making sure you start with a clean slate.

Stock up on cleaning supplies and give everything a good scrub down while all of your stuff is out of the way. It’s also a good chance to open up the doors and windows to let fresh air circulate into the home. Use this guide to cleaning a new home to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Houseplants

An easy way to make your new home cleaner and more inviting is to add houseplants. NASA scientists have discovered that some houseplants are extremely effective at drawing toxins out of the air indoors. Live plants are also a great way to fill an empty corner or camouflage a strange architectural feature.

Home Décor

It’s quite common for new homeowners to use décor to put their own personal stamp on a house. A new living space may lend itself well to a certain design aesthetic or inspire you to come up with new home décor ideas. In addition to decorations like wall art, consider other projects like painting, lighting fixtures and installing shelves to hold your knick-knacks.

Comments

  1. I had no idea how much stuff I needed to get rid of before moving into our new place! It is significantly smaller. Nobody ever warns you that you may need to downsize when you’re moving to the country. I just assumed places were bigger here!

  2. I so wish I could keep houseplants alive. Otherwise, the rest of your list is dead on for what we thought of going into a new rental home. we don’t own, we rent but we are currently renting a pretty awesome, large home so we wanted to make it as homey as possible for long term rental living 😉

  3. House plants were something I didnt think about till a few months later. But I wish we had them at the beginning!

  4. Lovely post! We’re trying to decorate our house to the taste we like. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I always like to clean a new home before moving my things in so stocking up on cleaning supplies is essential. I agree that adding a houseplant can make a new space feel more inviting.

  6. Neha Saini says

    Your tips are really obvious. One should take out all the steps for house care.

  7. I had to smile at the first one. I remember when we first moved and had no furniture. Good days…LOL

  8. You definitely need window treatments. When we first bought our home, it was our first home, we moved right in and didn’t realize we didn’t have window treatments. We slept in a house that night with no curtains

  9. I think picking out some new plants and new furniture at the same time can be helpful. It’s nice being able to work with empty spaces again.

  10. lastchance3 says

    I never realized how important décor was until I moved into my new place. It just looked so….bare without it. It’s those small touches that make a place look like a home.

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