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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Checklist for Setting Up a Home

By Mark Nash

No matter how many times I've set up a new home, there have always been too many trips to a variety of stores for a couple more things to make my new house a home. This check list is the result of my involvement the last couple of years investing in Florida properties that I renovate and then stock with everything including the silverware. Seasonal real estate buyers in the market will pay a premium for turn-key homes, where all they have to do is wheel their luggage into the home. My latest and fourth book 1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home started me on this enjoyable voyage of helping others through their home purchase and selling maze.


  • Cutting board
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Electric mixer
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • 1-Quart covered saucepan
  • 2-Quart covered saucepan
  • 4-Quart pot
  • 10 Inch skillet with cover
  • 2-Quart rectangular baking dish
  • 15" X 10" X 2" baking pan
  • 2-Cookie sheets
  • Wire cooling racks
  • Mixing bowl set
  • Timer
  • Bottle opener
  • Wine opener/ corkscrew
  • Can opener
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Colander
  • Steamer
  • Chef's knife
  • Paring knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Knife sharpener
  • Rubber spatulas
  • Tongs
  • Slotted spoon
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Wooden spoons
  • Ladle
  • Dish towels
  • Pot holders
  • Silverware, serving spoons
  • Everyday dinnerware, serving bowls,soup bowls
  • Glassware
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Glass pitcher
  • Coffee mugs
  • Paper towel holder
  • Storage containers


  • Sofa
  • Lounge chair
  • Coffee and end tables
  • Entertainment center
  • Dining table and side chairs
  • Head board and foot board
  • Box spring and mattress
  • Nightstands
  • Dresser
  • Desk/Computer station


  • Votive candle holders
  • Votive candles
  • Floor and table lamps
  • Casual throw pillows
  • Artwork
  • Decorative mirrors
  • Window treatments
  • Area rugs
  • Flower vase
  • Green plants
  • Plant stands


  • Bed sheets, pillowcases
  • Bed skirt
  • Blanket
  • Casual throw
  • Mattress pad
  • Bath towels
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower curtain liner
  • Shower curtain hooks
  • Shower curtain rods
  • Guest towels
  • Dish towels
  • Place mats and napkins
  • Tablecloth

Cleaning and household supplies

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Ironing board and cover
  • Iron
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Floor mop
  • Cleaning bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Scrub pads
  • Sponges
  • Rags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Paper Napkins
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet paper
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soap and scum cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Dust cleaner
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets,liquid softener
  • Spray starch
  • Kitchen waste basket
  • Bathroom waste basket


  • Laundry basket
  • Clothes hangers, shirts, pants, ties
  • Wine rack
  • First aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon Monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Full length mirror
  • Tool kit, hammer,screw drivers
  • Hardware, nails,drywall screws,picture hanging hooks
  • Extension cords

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