I’m putting together a shopping list for things we’ll need to obtain one way or another when we move into our house in three weeks. Help me fill in the blanks for what else I’m missing.
We have a lawn mower (who knows how well it works, though) thanks to negotiations with the sellers. We also have a garden hose and a few yard tools and I *think* a big outside trash can but I need to double-check that one.
- New smoke detectors. The ones already in the house appear to be really old (probably original to the 11-year-old house) and I want to get good ones — the kind that detects smoldering fires and flaming fires. Also, we need carbon monoxide detectors. Perhaps we can find some combo units. We want to make sure the alarms are interconnected, so if one goes off, they all do. Go big or go home for fire safety, ya know?
- A fire escape ladder*. I’ll keep it in my bedroom on the second floor and as the kids get old enough to use one themselves, I’ll get one for their rooms too. For now, we’ll just get the one. If I can’t get my children out of the house if it catches on fire, then I’ll die trying, Lord help me.
- More outlet covers and baby-proofing type things for cords, and anchors so we can secure furniture to the walls. I do think it’s important to teach kids not to touch certain things, but Vivienne is in the “crazy stage” right now where she’s mobile but doesn’t have any sense of danger or understanding, so we’re still working on that. Plus, I like to plug unused outlets on exterior walls just for the added airtightness of it all.
- Foam outlet plate cover things*. I may be pleasantly surprised and find them already in there, but not too likely. I like to put these things on exterior walls because I do think it helps with drafts. I’m so used to living in drafty, poorly insulated apartments but this house is hopefully well-insulated in the walls. Still, these things are so cheap that I think it can only help.
- Gates for the stairs, unless the sellers will leave theirs behind. Need to check on that.
- Window wedges. Don’t need anyone exiting two-story windows. Unless mama is shuttling the wee ones down the fire escape ladder, of course.
- More bathroom things such as a new shower curtain liner, toilet scrubber.
- We need to re-key the locks on the exterior doors.
- Broom for outside sweeping
- What kind of thing should I get to clean laminate floors? A swiffer-type mop? Help me out.
These are things we do want to take care of when we first move in. We’ll unpack everything and (finally!) get rid of our moving boxes and then assess what types of organizational things and furnishings we’ll want to add to our list. Those types of things will have to wait while we save up for them though. This house-buying thing is expensive, donchaknow.