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Top 10 Items to Buy After Moving to Your New Home

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There are plenty of items you'll need after moving into your new home, but these are the most common things recent movers need to buy. Whether you are moving into your first home or moving into your seventh different home, these items almost always seem to be necessary purchases after the move.

10. Grill

Now that you've moved into your new home, you'll want to host parties and get-togethers. So, invest in a good grill, fire that baby up and invite the neighbors over for a barbecue in the summer.

9. Tape measure and level

You may not use these items every day, but you'll sure be glad you bought them when a home project calls for them. For example, they are extremely useful when building a table or shelf, and even hanging up pictures and artwork.

8. Lawnmower

If your new home has a lot of yard space, then you'll need to think about landscaping. There are plenty of landscaping services out there, but it is more cost effective to purchase a reliable lawnmower and do it yourself.

7. Drill and drill bit set

If you are comfortable using power tools, you'll want to get yourself a drill set for more involved projects. You can't hire "a guy" to do everything around the house. Do it yourself!

6. Snowblower and snow shovels

Moving into a new home may mean moving into an area that experiences inclement weather. If you are not already prepared to handle extreme weather such as snow and sleet, then you definitely want to buy a decent snowblower and some snow shovels. It's a good idea to have enough shovels so everybody in the family can pitch in!

5. Extension cords and power strips

After setting up your furniture and electronics around your new home, you might realize some plugs don't reach the outlets. This is where extension cords and power strips can come in handy. These are also a good investment for future moves.

4. Set of screwdrivers

Even if you're not the type of person who likes to work on household projects, a set of screwdrivers is a must-have. You never know what types of screws will come loose or what other purchases will require a specific screwdriver to put together. This is why a full set of screwdrivers -- equipped with all different shapes and sizes -- is a necessary purchase.

3. New appliances

Some homes come fully equipped with appliances. If that's the case with your new home, then you need not worry about this one. However, if your new home lacks all of the necessary machines or if it's just full of old ones, then you'll want to invest in new appliances. While they seem expensive now, your new oven, dishwasher, fridge, washer and dryer are great long-term investments.

2. Window coverings

You might want to purchase new window coverings within a week of moving into your new home. Chances are that there won't be sufficient coverings on the windows and for privacy's sake, you'll want to change that. There are plenty of options for window coverings, ranging from temporary solutions like vinyl or pleated paper blinds to more permanent and expensive solutions such as drapes or curtains.

1. Locks and keys

Changing the locks and/or purchasing new keys is almost always necessary when moving into a new home. This is not only for your family's privacy, but for their safety as well. The family who previously owned your home probably gave out sets of keys to family members, friends, and neighbors. So, it's in your best interest to at least have your locks re-keyed, if not replaced altogether.

Now that you know what to buy after moving into your new home, you'll get settled in and comfortable in no time. Good luck!

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on November 3, 2014

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