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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A larger kitchen might be on your wish list if you’re always hunting for a place to store several bags of groceries. Despite how vigorously you push and shove cereal boxes, canned vegetables and paper towels inside your kitchen cabinets, there’s never enough space in your kitchen.

It’s easy to gain more kitchen space with a pantry

It’s reached the point where you’re starting to leave desserts, canned goods, rice and macaroni and cheese on the kitchen counter. This is causing you to feel cramped whenever you pull out your cutting board and start preparing meat for large dinners, including holiday meals. You could knock out a wall and expand your kitchen. But, that could easily cost more than $15,000.

Another solution is to install a kitchen pantry. Specialty shops and home goods stores sell removable kitchen pantries. You may get more space with a double door kitchen pantry. Some pantries have storage drawers and swing open doors. Opt for pantries that give you more shelf space and no storage drawers if your standard  kitchen drawers give you enough space to store silverware.

Looking for style? Choose a kitchen pantry that is topped with a glass storage area. As a tip, you could use stackable storage units to build your pantry. Stackable storage units may offer you more style options. To get the look you want, pay attention to color. You won’t have much choice when it comes to the texture that pantries are built with, as most pantries are wood.

Kitchen pantry types that offer lots of style

Modular kitchen pantries have a door at the top and a open bottom space. For style,check out a modular pantry that’s designed with a glass door. To save space and expand on style, you could line three to four pantries next to each other. For example, you could place three four-drawer kitchen pantries side-by-side, creating a look similar to what you find in a library.

This kitchen pantry option might surprise you. If you’re crunched for space and short on cash, use a bookcase as a pantry. There won’t be a door to conceal your food items. What you will have is extra space.

To save on cost, shop at outlet stores and industrial supply stores. This way, you can get a pantry at the same price that restaurant owners pay for the furniture. Buying a cabinet that serves as a pantry will also save you money. Just make sure that the cabinet is large enough to keep you from running out of kitchen space.

The easiest way to get more space with a kitchen pantry is to buy a house that is built with a permanent pantry. Go with a house that has a door in front of the pantry and you’ll get a clean look. A pantry door will keep you, your family and guests from staring at the extra food and supplies that you stock on your pantry shelves. Just make sure that you seal food before you place them in the pantry. Doing so, could keep pests away. It could also keep food from losing its freshness.

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