If you’re the type of person that turns up at the beach without any beachwear, a fancy dress party in your regular clothes, or a bring-your-own barbecue with only a healthy appetite, then you might not have been a member of the Boy Scouts or the Girl Guides. For every scout knows, that if there is one rule to live by, it is Robert Baden-Powell’s motto: ‘Be Prepared’.
Perhaps you were, in fact, a scout or a guide, and you don’t have any problem when it comes to procuring a pen when unexpectedly presented with a form to fill out. You quite possibly carry with you a cellphone charger, a spare pair of glasses and even a traffic cone with a flashing light, just in case you need them some day. Despite all this, the fates will continue to conspire against you and try to catch you out one of these days. One of the most common times to overlook items which you might need when planning ahead, is when you are buying a new house.
In order to be prepared before you even go ahead and buy a new house, you need to make sure that you have budgeted for the additional purchases you will need to make. On top of that, you also need to budget for the unexpected.
The first expense you’ll have is that of changing all of the locks and doors. In the event that you overlook this, or delay it, and then suffer a home invasion or burglary, your insurance is unlikely to cover any of your loss. Neighbors, contractors, former tenants could all still retain a set of keys, allowing them to walk right into your home without being invited. Change your locks and install new deadbolts as soon as possible.
Another expense you’re likely to be faced with, is everything associated with the yard. If you have a lawn, you’re going to need a lawnmower. Allowing your lawn to overgrow and start looking messy is just about as ingratiating as parking your car on it and having loud, obnoxious music blaring out into the early hours. If you don’t have a lawn, but plan to lay one, you will have the expense of buying and laying sods, or planting seeds. In addition to this, you’re going to need a hose, and you might want to install a sprinkler system. Then you’ve got your traditional garden tools – trowels, forks, spades and shovels, rakes, hoes, trimmers, brushes, wheelbarrows and so on. Once you’ve bought them all, you’ll probably find that you need to purchase and erect a shed to store them all!
A shed is also a good place to store many of the tools you’re going to need to buy – as long as it is well-secured. It is often better to seek out quality tools individually, rather than simply buy a prepared toolkit. Taking this approach, however, requires time. Make sure you get the most essential tools first – your claw hammer, bell hammer, different types and sizes of screwdriver, various saws, wrenches, spirit level, tape measure and then your power drill and plenty of drill bits. As time goes by, you’ll probably start to find that you need to paint things. For this, apart from the paint and different brushes, you might need rollers, mixing containers, scrapers and protective covering.
Staying outdoors, you may well be planning on inviting your neighbors around to your housewarming. In that case, you’re probably going to need to get some outdoor chairs, tables, parasols and even an outdoor grill.
In colder climates, a big purchase that might easily slip your mind (especially if you buy in the summer) is a snowblower. Take a look at Snow Shifts to find which one suits you best. Even if you’re not expecting enough snowfall to warrant the purchase of a snowblower, you’ll want to make sure you get a snow shovel and bags of salt.
Another expense you might incur in winter is that of added window coverings. Depending on your situation, you might need to budget for anything from shutters to simple drapes or curtains. Take a look around your house and ask yourself if what you see is suitable for all seasons.