Congratulations! You just purchased your first house and you received lots of nice housewarming gifts, but no one gave you the best housewarming gift…that you would actually use! (sorry, Instant Pot fans, it’s not that)
So what is it?
A new homeowner’s tool kit with some simple items that will make your life so much better!
Let’s dive in and see what should be in your tool kit!
- Clorox Wipes- No matter whether you move into a newly constructed home or an older one, you will want Clorox wipes. You will use them to wipe down the inside of EVERY cabinet and let them dry BEFORE putting all your pretty new items away. Dust from new construction can make its way into the cabinets, so wipe away! Of course, if you prefer more green options, you can do that too!
- Broom and Dustpan– I don’t think this needs an explanation. You just need one…or two, if you have a garage!
- Set of Screwdrivers- Make sure you have both Philips head and flat head screwdrivers in the set. Even if you are not Joanna Gaines, most people can tighten a loose screw on a doorknob or cabinet.
- Flashlight(s)- This is a MUST, especially in the south where you should have a hurricane kit. (what you need in that kit will be another post) Lights DO go out from time to time and a flashlight is a great help.
- 3M strips- If you are not fond of putting holes in your walls or just need something to hang temporarily, 3M strips are the way to go! Holiday time is a perfect time to use 3M strips because they go up easily, can hang lights, wreaths, you name it, and then be taken down with no damage to the walls! (just make sure you pull STRAIGHT down!) 3M strips that look like velcro, are awesome for hanging up pictures that you might want to change out from time to time.
- Painting Supplies- I’m talking a few paintbrushes, a small roller and pan. If you have swatches or the colors and brand of paints that were used in the house, that is even better! So many times, homeowners move in and need to touch up spots on walls or the ceiling and have no idea what color was used. If you live in a subdivision with similar houses and you don’t know, ask your neighbors! They probably know what was used on the ceiling or walls, if original.
This tool kit is pretty small but will save you so much time and energy if you have one from the start. If you don’t have one already, put one together. All the items listed are super easy to find and will make your life better, especially when something needs to be fixed. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
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