My husband and I are in the final stages of buying a house. We haven’t closed on it yet, so we won’t have any pictures for you for a few weeks. All of these preparations for the big day when we sign on the final dotted line has me thinking of all the repairs and purchases we’ll need to make before we even move in.
We aren’t new to moving. In the almost seven years we’ve been together, we’ve moved four times. But, those were to rentals where the landlord was responsible for providing repairs and basic items, like smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. In honor of this upcoming life event, I’ve compiled a list of AWESOME housewarming gifts that a new homeowner (or even a new renter) would really love.
1.) Address Labels
One of the first things any new homeowner will need to do is update all of their accounts and stationary to reflect their new address. Seeing the new address written out all on of the incoming and outgoing mail makes everything more real. Make your own or buy some pre-made ones, like these from Shutterfly.
2.) We Moved! Cards
One of the first things you’ll do when you get these keys to the new houses is update your Facebook status to tell everyone the news! Don’t deny it, because it’s inevitable and no one blames you. It’s exciting! You’ll also want to let all your relatives, especially the ones not in tune with social media, know your new address. Enter the traditional We Moved announcement. You can make some yourself and give them to your friend to mail out, or check out these cute ones in thelittledabbler Etsy shop.
3.) Weekly subscription to the local newspaper
What better way for a newbie to the neighborhood to connect to the community than by knowing what’s happening from week to week. A newspaper subscription is usually the last thing on the list of purchases when buying a home.
4.) Housewarming Gift Basket
Neatly arrange any of these items in a themed container, like a laundry basket, utility bucket, garbage can, or wheelbarrow. As a bonus, create an Emergency Contact list, like this one, that lists the phone number and addresses of the local municipality building, police, fire department, etc.