You’re a new homeowner! Congratulations!
Becoming a homeowner comes with lots of perks, but also comes with a lot of responsibility. You are now in charge of maintaining your property. That doesn’t necessarily mean you will be doing major renovations, but you will need to be prepared for small home maintenance/improvement jobs and any emergencies that may arise.
Here is a list of items every homeowner should have on hand to keep your property safe and well-maintained:
- Basic Tool Kit: Simple tools such as a hammer, heavy-duty scissors, measuring tape, screwdrivers, and a handsaw.
- Cleaning Supplies: Broom, dustpan, bucket, cleaning cloths, mop, duster, and good supply of cleaning solutions.
- Fire Extinguisher: Visit the USFA to find out what kind of extinguishers you should have for your home.
- Emergency Kit: Check out FEMA’s Emergency Kit List and put together everything you will need in the event of an emergency.
- Portable Fireproof Safe: Keep important papers, valuables and other important items secure in a fireproof safe.
- Ladders: A sturdy stepladder for indoors and for smaller jobs; a taller, extension ladder for outdoor jobs such as cleaning gutters or painting the house.
- Lawn & Garden Tools: Invest in a good garden hose, mower, edger, leaf blower, rake, shovel, pruning shears, and wheelbarrow.
- Wet/Dry Vacuum: You will be glad you have this on hand should there be a water leak or big dry spill in your house.
- Heavy-duty Extension Cord: Be sure to purchase an outdoor cord that can handle a large capacity of electricity and poor weather conditions. Do not use an indoor-rated cord outdoors!
Once you have everything you need to maintain your home, it’s time to make sure you know how to use these tools. Keep owner’s manuals and instructions on hand so that you can find them easily when you need to use the items. Luckily, with the internet, step-by-step directions for just about any household repair you can think of are just a click away!
Are you thinking of buying a home or selling your current home in New River Valley, VA? Then it is time to contact Desi Sowers, your New River Valley, VA real estate resource! Give her a call today at 540-320-1328!
Not only do homeowners need physical items for upkeep, learning how to do different jobs in the home saves money and builds confidence to handle regular maintenance, which could lead to bigger things! With the right tools on hand and a little know-how, being able to care for a new home is a great satisfaction without a price tag!
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