6 Essentials for New Construction Homeowners

Find yourself wondering what tools you should own for your new home? Let's get properly prepared so you can start the journey of your new home with less stress.

By Tina Jepson

 

Choosing, planning, and watching the construction of a new home is an experience, to say the least. Throughout the months, and sometimes years, leading up to a home’s completion, there’s so much anticipation and excitement. A new construction home is all yours — you’re the first person to ever make memories under that roof.

 

The first home I ever purchased was a new construction, and after multiple delays, I was beyond anxious to move in after signing on the dotted line. Fast forward 24 hours, and the reality of it all set in. Sure, I had my clothes and furniture, but I wasn’t at all prepared for the number of essentials I’d need just to prepare my home.

 

Don’t make the mistake of moving into a new construction house without keeping these six essentials in mind.

 

1. Own a Good Drill

When it comes to power drills, quality is important. Yes, you just spent a lot of money to have a brand new house built, but think of a drill as an investment. It will be one of your fundamental tools for home repairs.

 

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If you have big plans, and need a powerful drill for the long haul, avoid cordless drills in favor of a corded one. This way, you won’t have to remember to charge the battery. Next, pay attention to the voltage and look for drills with a voltage rating of at least 12v.

 

2. Laser Stud Sensor

You’ll be amazed at how much you need to hang in those first few weeks. Mounting televisions, artwork, and shelves will require a bit more than a simple nail. Most of the time, you need to find the stud within the wall.

 

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A good laser stud sensor will help you find those studs without punching unnecessary holes in your wall.

 

3. Lawnmower

If your new home is situated on a new lot, you either have a bunch of seeds or sod to take care of. When selecting a lawnmower, consider the size of your lot. There’s a chance an electric mower cord won’t be long enough for yards larger than a quarter-acre. Thinking ahead will save you hassle when your grass starts getting high.

 

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4. Posthole Digger

A posthole digger? You may be wondering how it’s possible this tool made the list, but hear me out. Like so many new construction houses, mine didn’t come with a mailbox. Therefore, the absolute first tool I purchased as a new homeowner was a posthole digger to make enough room for a cedar post to mount a mailbox.

 

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As you get settled in and begin to landscape and put up fences, this handy tool will make your job much easier.

 

5. Hose

You’re almost guaranteed to use a hose within the first few days of moving into a new construction home. If the house you just bought came with a hose bib or two (hint: it should), then all you need to do is twist on your new hose and start using it. Consider purchasing a spool or hook to keep it wound up properly.

 

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Now you’re ready to water your new grass/seeds and plants, clean, and power wash, to name just a few things.

 

6. Fire Extinguisher

 

Per federal law, new homes are equipped with smoke detectors. However, in contrast to apartments, you’re on your own when it comes to fire extinguishers.

 

At the bare minimum, place a new, unused fire extinguisher in each of the following places:

 

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry room
  • Garage

 

Make sure that there is at least one fire extinguisher on each level of your home.

 

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If you’re getting ready to buy, or close, on your new construction home, there is more to consider than just moving in. Things like curtain rods, shelves, and even toilet paper holders aren’t usually included in the home package, meaning you’re responsible for them. It’s best to be prepared with the right tools and knowledge so you’re able to start the journey in your new home with less stress.

 

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