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10 Must-haves for your new place

10 Must-haves for your new place

You’ve done it. You’ve moved the last box into your new place, and are ready for another year. This may be the first time you will be living in an apartment or a house, not a dorm Perhaps you are on your own, or you have housemates. But before you start living your adult life, here are 10 must-haves that you will probably want to purchase for your new digs.


1.      Fire Extinguisher

You finally signed a lease or bought a house, and the last thing you want to do is to have a fire. Although this may not be the most obvious essential, it is definitely something that you must keep around the house. 

A good fire extinguisher to have is type A:B:C. The different types indicate which types of fires – ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, or electrical, you can use them on. A type A:B:C would tackle most of the common causes of household fires.  


2.      A multi-rack shower caddy

This comes in handy when you’re sharing a washroom with a friend. With all the shampoo, body wash, conditioner and more, you are going to need a way to store everyone’s products. 

Although using shower caddies or lining up the entire bathtub with all the products are both possible options, using a multi-rack shower caddy is a more efficient way of using the available space.  

3.      Printer

Printers are essential for any person. 

But if you are a student, a printer is an absolute must in your new apartment. Whether it be printing last-minute assignments for class or printing a sign for your door, a printer will come in handy. 

Make sure to have a constant supply of ink and printer paper. 


4.      A Tool Kit

Need to hang up some curtains? Your paintings? Do you need to assemble a new drawer or maybe fix a lamp? A tool kit is an absolute necessity. 

A tool kit can be purchased anywhere for a low price, and it will last you a long time.Some of the common tools to have in the tool kit are 

Note: Some apartments would prefer you not put holes in the walls. Check your leases.


5.      Light and noise-blocking padding

There will be times when you wish to go to sleep early, but your housemates may want to watch TV in the living room.

A light and noise block padding for your door will be a lifesaver. By blocking that little crack between the floor and your door, you will be able to achieve silence and darkness in your room anytime.

Light blocking curtains are also helpful when trying to go to sleep; they block any light that comes through the window and creates a perfectly dark room. 


6.      Step stool

Step stools will come in handy, especially if you live in a house. From cabinets to lights, a step stool will give you the extra reach that you may need. Have a small one ready or get a foldable one to save space. Whatever it may be, step stools will be useful at the most unexpected times.


7.      Toilet plunger

 A toilet plunger is something you should have, but hope to never use. Get a plunger and always have it ready, just in case you get a clogged toilet that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.


8.      Flashlight

Technology means that there are flashlights at the back of our phones. But when we need the flashlight, (i.e., a blackout), how long will that phone battery last? Flashlights will be necessary in the case of emergencies, not to mention during regular home maintenance. 


9.      Water filter and pitcher

Although it is safe to drink most tap water, a pitcher with a water filter is a nice addition to apartment living. 

Bottled water is not only expensive in the long run, but also harmful to the environment. 


10.  Cleaning supplies

Invest in cleaning supplies! Here’s a nice list to start: broom, mop, vacuum, toilet cleaner, shower cleaner, multi-purpose counter cleaner, and a carpet spot cleaner. Maintaining a clean house is absolutely essential not just for the house to look great, but also for your health. 


If this article left you dreaming about living in an apartment, check out Heels Housing to help you find your dream rental! 



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