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27th March 2019

3 Must-Haves for New Homeowners

Buying a house is exciting and stressful too. Signing a pile of endless documents is only the beginning of a long, hectic journey. More goes into getting your home ready for occupation, and that starts right after the handover. You need to make the house habitable and personalize it to your taste.

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For a first time homeowner, this can be overwhelming. The new space and setup might be completely different from what you were previously used to. This makes these tasks more difficult. To make this easier for you, here are three essentials you should not miss as you figure your way around your new spaces:

1)    Fixtures and Fixing Tools

A house might be new and complete but, occasionally, fixtures such as bathroom faucets need repairs once damaged. You might also need to upgrade them to fit your style, theme, and taste in case the ones fitted do not interest you. There are many types of faucets in the market. There is more information found here to help you make a more informed purchase decision. The fixtures can be interchanged to fit the changes you make regularly.

You can fix these fixtures on your own to reduce the costs. Go for easy and safe to use tools to reduce damages and risks they may pose to you. Incompatible tools can even ruin your fixtures.

For complex tools, ensure that they have a manual that clearly explains how one ought to handle them. Having the tools readily available helps you deal with repairs on time. This also helps reduce the damages the spoilt fixture might cause if left unattended for long.

2)    Cleaning and Disposal Tools

A new house with clean looking fittings requires a thorough scrub before settling in. This removes dust, stains, and disinfects the space. Cleaning reduces dirt and germ transfer to your furniture, fittings, and other items. You should also clean the house while living in it to improve your living standards and reduce infections and bacteria growth. To achieve this, you need cleaning tools and appliances. You should also have disposal tools to ensure you can safely dispose of your dirt and garbage. Garbage from your house starts piling up as soon as you move in. It starts with the disposal of unwanted items from your old house, packing paper, cartons, tapes, and strings used while moving. Garbage also accumulates as you continue to use and dispose of items while staying in your new home. Get quality disposal options that are safe to use and are environmentally friendly.

sponge and cloth to clean your home

3)    Emergency Preparedness Items

There are many emergencies at home. Power outages, cuts, burns and other unexpected calamities due to weather changes. It would be best if you prepared for this as it might help save lives. Have a fully stocked first aid kit in your house all the time. The kit should be easily accessible to enable faster and easier use in case of serious accidents.

It would help if you also had a torch to light your house in case of power loss or bad lighting. This reduces the chances of hurting yourself or damaging items you might knock off. You can also stock up nonperishable and ready to eat foods in the kit before seasons that can disconnect you from the outside world. This increases the chances of survival before help comes your way.

Choosing the Perfect Pet for Your Family

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Pets come in all shapes and sizes. It could be something as small as a hamster or as large as a horse. There are some things they all have in common. They need to be fed, kept clean and have their vaccinations and regular vet check-ups. Some will need more exercise than others and these are things you need to consider before deciding on the perfect pet for your family. Let’s start by looking at the two extremes mentioned above.

Horses

You cannot buy a horse, put it in a stable and just visit once a week. Horses need to have their stables cleaned every day. They should always have a good supply of fresh water and hay to eat.  They spend a lot of time in their stables and some toys to help occupy them could be good. They should have plenty of room to move around in and a bed that is comfy for them to sleep on. You will find all the things your horse may need, including brushes for grooming and blankets to keep them warm at Equi Supermarket, which as the name suggests is a great place to buy your horse supplies. Horses need to feel loved just like all animals, and if you cannot commit to the time needed a horse should not be an option for your family.

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Hamsters

Hamsters are basically rats without tails. They were first discovered in Syria, although they are found in the wild in many parts of the world.  The two most common types in the UK include golden hamsters. These make great family pets, especially for young children. If you buy the hamster as a baby and give it love from the start, it will get used to being handled. Golden hamsters are fairly solitary creatures and are quite happy to live on their own. Unlike the Russian miniature hamsters, which are also popular in the UK.

These are very social hamsters and they like to live in groups. The problem is that unless you can guarantee they are all the same sex, you will end up with more hamsters than you bargained for.

Hamsters are a great way to teach young children how to care for pets, and for them to learn that it is a big responsibility.

Dogs And Cats

The UK is a nation of dog and cat lovers, although often one is favoured over the other.  If you are considering either a cat or dog as your family pet you have to think about several things to be fair to them. For instance, if they are going to be on their own all day, a cat will deal with that much better than a dog. If you want to be able to go for long country walks with your pet, then a dog should be your choice.

Your lifestyle should be the first thing you consider when deciding what will be the ideal family pet, as if they encroach on that too much and make things difficult for you, you may well start to resent them. Pets should become part of the family and be loved in the same way. Do not consider having one if that is not going to happen.

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