Buying a new home comes with a lot of new responsibilities that may have been previously taken care of by your landlords or parents. When you’re out shopping for things like tools and cleaning supplies for your new home it’s mostly guesswork as to which items you really need. Couple that with the fact that department stores are now filled with endless selections and it becomes almost impossible not to waste money or miss an important item for your home.

Users on the popular online forum Reddit were recently asked what the most useful item for their house turned out to be that they didn’t think of beforehand. Their answers, which we’ll go through below, serve as great advice. If you’re a new homeowner or will be soon, read on for these important household buys:

  • A step stool and a ladder
    You’ll use both of these quite often, especially when you’re moving. In my house there are a few top kitchen cabinets that are just out of reach, so I’m constantly pulling out the step stool. However, they’re also useful around the house like in closets or reaching high spots while cleaning and painting.
    Equally important is a ladder. You won’t want to mess around climbing on unsteady chairs for changing lightbulbs or smoke detector batteries. Plus you’ll need one for access to the roof of your shed or house.
  • A whole-house fan or air conditioner
    When you move into a house, especially in the summer months, you’re going to want to stay cool while setting up and cleaning your new home. A great way to bring lots of fresh air into the house is to use a whole house fan which draws air into the attic and therefore causing air from outside to flow into your open windows. Window fans are a suitable substitute, so long as they have an exchange mode to bring air in and out.
  • A bucket and a wheel barrow
    Both of these items are easily overlooked but will be invaluable when it comes to cleaning your house and maintaining your yard. Reddit user shuggins points out some of the myriad uses for a bucket: mopping the floor, pulling weeds, watering plants, washing the car, washing the dog, and even turn it upside down for a stool when you need a break from all those chores. And in the unfortunate event that someone is sick and queasy, a bucket can be a lifesaver.
  • Drain stops and screens
    It won’t take long for your drain pipes to get clogged up with food in the kitchen and hair in the bathroom without drain screens. Plus, having a drain stop for your sink will turn it into–you guessed it–a bucket! Buckets are the best.
  • New locks 
    Who knows who has copies of the keys in and around your home. It’s important to change all the locks, including padlocks to your shed. There are many horror stories of new homeowners getting all settled in only to be burgled soon after.
  • Batteries all sizes
    Reddit user typhoidmarry accurately describes the necessity for extra batteries when they write, “Your smoke detectors battery WILL die at 2am. It will.” Play it safe and get extra batteries for your all of your electronics to avoid frustration and rage when you can’t watch Netflix because your remote battery died.
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137 Wyman,

Lynn, MA 01905



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Well maintained spacious 3 – 4 Bedroom ranch style home in a great neighborhood offer many living options – teen suite/in-law potential – bring the whole family! Walking distance to park, shopping, transportation and more! Enter to the large open concept living room/dining room combination offering lots of natural sun light though the large picture window, gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main level, ceramic tiled kitchen area with side entrance to driveway, ceramic tiled bathroom and three spacious bedrooms complete the main living area level. The lower level offers plenty of natural sunlight with an extra large ceramic tiled family room complete with wood burning fireplace, a large bedroom, a bonus room with closet and its own entrance, a dining area with cabinets and counters, a full bathroom, a laundry/storage area and direct access to the backyard – WOW – not a drive by a true MUST SEE! New 100 amp electrical system, heating system 10 years old, partial roof in 2015.

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