7 Things New Homeowners Don't Know They Need to Do

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Your first year as a homeowner is kind of like the first year of a marriage. There’s the honeymoon phase, where the fact that you never have to pay rent again feels freaking awesome, but there are also a bunch of new responsibilities. You’re building a foundation that will last for decades to come, and small decisions can have large effects on the rest of your life. 
People love to give relationship advice, but your friends and family may not be rushing to share tips on being a new homeowner. So, we’re going to help you out. 
View the slideshow above for 7 things every homeowner needs to know.
This list is a great start, but there’s still plenty to do! For more simple, important tasks to tackle during that first year, check out BrightNest’s New Homeowner Guide.
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The early twenties begins with the somewhat rocky transition to the real world. Graduation? Check. Job? Check. Lavish living? Not quite yet. Missing the easy college living is par for the course. Moving out of that childhood bedroom and in with roommates is the first step to be able to becoming who you are and embracing your first home.


This might be the first time you get to know your personal design tastes. Start picking items for your home that reflect your personal style even if it seems eclectic at first.
Pick a basic color scheme for your bedroom like black and white, and begin to add pops of color.
Mirrors make a room look bigger, and often times shared living spaces feel small. Invest in affordable tall mirrors to open up and brighten a room.

Organization & Cleaning

It's easy to want to take college mementos with you which can lead to clutter. Pick the top 3 items you cannot live without, and leave the rest behind.

There never seems to be enough closet space, so invest in items like skinny hangers, a hanging shoe rack and jewelry container.

Remember, the foot of your bed should always be closest to the door. This can save you hours on deciding which corner to place the bed in.


Throwing your first housewarming party is somewhat of a right of passage and small, casual gatherings are the key to having fun. Make sure to coordinate with roommates to ensure party expectations are properly communicated. Provide easy snacks like popcorn and chips that won't stain your floor. Only serve clear liquids - we don't want red wine on the carpet. The landlord won't be happy!

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Must-have Products

Keep it simple: ensure you have the bare basics on hand to be ready to clean, eat, and entertain in your first pad.

Must-Have Home Items

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