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Things Every Homeowner Should Have

Things Every Homeowner Should Have

what every homeowner should haveWhile writing No Home is Perfect How to Decide,  I mentioned that every home owner should have a hammer.  It started me thinking about what it was that I didn't have when I left apartment living.   I remember thinking, "I never thought of that".

You probably should have a screwdriver, a drill, and a step ladder too.    ( How else will you hang those curtains!)

What else?   How many converted apartment dwellers have purchased a home with no thought that they need a trash barrel... or in today's world, recycle bins.

In our neck of the woods, you will need a mailbox.    Yep, that mail will likely be delivered to the street not to your front door.

You'll need a garden hose, and unless you have a landscaping service or a goat,  a lawn mower will be a must have.    A rake too.

If you live anywhere near Boston, you will always need a shovel even if you have a "plow guy".

You might need to have an oil company.   Understand what that entails and how that works.    The name of a plumber, electrician, HVAC guy and carpenter will be as necessary as having a dentist and a doc.    Hopefully not needed, but good to have ready in case you need one!

Flashlights!    Nothing worse than fumbling in the dark when the lights go out!   

You should have a fire extinguisher.   Smoke and CO detectors are supposed to come with the house.   Make sure they are there!     While I am thinking of that, it's a good idea for have a fire proof lock box for those important papers, and my Dad would be disappointed if I didn't mention an escape plan.  


Last but not least and probably most important,

you must have a sense of humor,

because while there is nothing like owning your own home, there is always something to do!





About the author


Carol-Ann Palmieri, 

is a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 25 years along with her partner Al Mussi have helped literally hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

 A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education.

 Licensed in MA and RI...

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Norwood, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

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Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 11 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • March 10 2013 06:52AM


Duct tape is also a must will fix almost anything that is broken.

Posted by Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes, Broker in Charge/Owner (Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes) over 7 years ago

This is a great list of things every home owner should have.  I'm sure they will find this info helpful.

Posted by Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR (Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434) over 7 years ago

Great list Cal, we also suggest to our vacation rental owners that they have a few basic tools so renters can fix a loose doorknob and other little things without having to send a handyman.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 7 years ago

I would add a plunger for those "moments" lol and a complete tool set...not just the hammer, but different sized screwdrivers (butter knives only go so far lol).  

Great post Carol Ann!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 7 years ago

Carol Ann, Great post, our tools, screw drivers, etc. are all over the place, drawers, garage, etc.  It drives me crazy!


Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) over 7 years ago

Carol Ann...Yes, all of these items are needed if you plan on becoming a homeowner.  Having a sense of humor is a must as there may be an occasion or 2 where you use all of the items on your list in the same day.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 7 years ago

Hi Cal, Good reminders and list of needed items for folks moving into their first home moving from an apartment. Tools are always something any homeowner has to have at the ready.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

Carol Ann, and that list could go on and on. I just sold a rather large home to someone that admitted they don't know how to fix anything, but they did have a large mower and a big yard

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 7 years ago

I just wish my husband would put all of these items in a spot where I can find them. Ha ha. He has his own system out in the garage and it's not intuitive to me. :) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 7 years ago


I just saw your last statement about there always is something to do when you own a home. A full set of decent tools is actually a good investment for all homeowners. Even though a home takes a lot of work it sure beats living in some dumpy apartment.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

Oh wow, something else we have to remind them they need?  I think this is the reason Home Depot opened a store on pretty much every other corner where the banks use to reside.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 7 years ago