10 Items to Invest in as a New Homeowner

1. An Alarm System: Paying for an alarm service will give you the peace of mind that your new investment and family will be safe.

2. Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:  Make sure to test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis, as well as replacing batteries as needed.  These safety nets can save your life!

3. Fire Extinguisher:  Make sure to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and within reach.  Storing it in the pantry is a great idea.  These do expire, so make sure to check frequently and replace if needed.

4. Basic Tools: From a hammer to a basic level, you will need a few tools to do fixes around the house as they pop up.

5. Landscaping/Yard Work Items: Curb appeal is one of the most important task list items to tackle.  It gives visitor a first impression; make sure it’s a good one!  Yard work items include things like: pruning shears, a shovel, rake and trowel.  Don’t forget sprinklers and hoses for those hot Indianapolis summers, as well!

6. Garage Storage/Organization:  All of the tools and landscaping items need to be put away somewhere! Trust me,  you will want it to be done in an organized fashion.

7. Power Tools: Tools that will come in handy for larger projects (or if you’re wanting to tackle something DIY) include a drill and saw.

8. Bathroom Necessities:  You’re sure to have a lot of guests coming by to visit!  Make sure  you’re prepared with a plunger and auger for those unexpected clogs.

9. Sump Pump Battery Back Up:  Basement floods can happen, and cause a lot of damage.  If you have a basement, consider researching a battery back up for your sump.  It can save a lot of headache down the road.

10.  A Family Red File:  Although it isn’t expensive to purchase a file folder for this, it is extremely important.  A Red File includes important information such as social security cards, credit card information and birth certificates.  Having it all paired together can make it easier to grab in case of an emergency.

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