5 Essentials You’ll Need For Your First Knoxville Home

Making the transition into homeownership is an exciting step. You finally will have a place that is yours, a place to customize and call your own.

If you’re like many Knoxville first-time buyers, you may need a few essentials before you move in. In this post, we’ll outline 5 essentials you’ll need for your first Knoxville home.


When you’re a renter, you probably didn’t have the need for a ladder. When you’re a homeowner, a ladder is an essential item. Tasks like changing a light bulb, hanging curtains, getting into you attic, or changing an air filter are all things that you may need a ladder for.

Starting out with a small ladder is probably all you need to begin with as a Knoxville homeowner. But, eventually you may need a tall ladder for things like changing Christmas lights or cleaning out your gutters. Ladders are affordable at your local hardware store.

Starting around $40, you can buy a basic ladder for you home that you’ll need for some basic household tasks. You won’t think about needing a ladder until you really need it. When you try to reach a certain place, only to find out that the chair or stool you’re standing on isn’t high enough. Do yourself a favor and buy yourself a proper ladder.

Basic Tools

Basic tools are essential for when you buy your first Knoxville home. Many renters don’t need tools when they rent. If something needs to be fixed, normally you just call your landlord or you maintenance department to take care of fixing the issues. But, when you become a homeowner, basic tools are essential.

Here are some basic tools to get yourself started:

  • Screwdriver Set
  • Claw Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Tape Measure
  • Utility Knife
  • Level
  • Electric Drill

A collection of basic tools will give you a starting point in your first home. You’ll need these tools to be able to to some of the basic tasks around your home, like hanging curtains or plugging in your washer and dryer. You can slowly add to your tool kit as you need different tools.

Lawn Mower

A lawn mower is another essential item when you buy your first Knoxville home. Depending on what type of home you buy, this may be more essential or not essential at all. If you buy a condo, you may be able to take advantage of maintenance free living. But, if you buy a house, you’re inevitably going to need a lawn mower, unless you hire a lawn service.

Depending on what kind of mower you want, you could buy a mower as low as $80 or go for a higher model. Whichever you choose, a lawn mower will be an essential item come spring and summer. If you’re going to need a mower, be sure that you take this into account as you buy a home. A decent mower can cost a decent amount, so you’ll want to make sure that it is something that you have budgeted for.

Home Warranty

A home warranty may also be another essential item when you buy your first Knoxville home. Depending on the age of the home, you may desire to have a home warranty on your first home. A home warranty helps offer protection if something in your house breaks.

A home warranty can offer you peace of mind in your first home. Sometime, you’re able to get a seller to provide a home warranty as part of your closing costs. A home warranty helps protect against when something breaks in your home. For example, if you air conditioning breaks, you would pay the service fee and the home warranty would pay for the cost of repairs if the item is covered.

Generally, home warranties cost anywhere from $350 to $500, depending on the type of coverage you have. They last a year and any covered item that breaks during that time you’ll only need to pay the service fee, which is usually around $75. They can help offer peace of mind if a big item breaks. You can get a home warranty at anytime that you’re a homeowner.

Fire Extinguisher

Finally, one other essential you’ll need for your Knoxville home is a fire extinguisher. This is one thing you could easily forget until you really need it. When you’ve been a renter, a fire extinguisher is something that is always provided. If you rented at an apartment, your fire extinguisher was probably checked every year in an inspection.

Buying a fire extinguisher is relatively inexpensive. They start out around $50 and can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Household extinguishers are classified as A, B, or C. Sometimes they are a combination of each of those categories. The label will indicate what classification they are and what type of fires they fight.

If you’re buying an extinguisher at a local home improvement store, they’re usually classified as A:B:C, meaning they fight all types of fires. When it comes to size, the bigger the size, the better they fight fires. But, it’s your choice how big you go, since some larger extinguishers are too heavy for some people to handle.

Generally, it’s recommended that you have an extinguisher on each floor of your house. At the bare minimum, you should have one in your kitchen in case of a fire.

Buying your first Knoxville home is an exciting and overwhelming experience. If you’re like most first-time buyers, you may not be sure where to start. If there is anything we can do to help you in your home search, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ve helped countless homeowners buy their first home and we’d love to do the same for you. Rick can be reached at 865-696-9002 or via email at Rick@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com. Kati can be reached at 865-696-1888 or via email at Kati@KnoxvilleHomeTeam.Com.

Are you ready to start your home search? Visit our home search page to get started today. Or, be sure to keep up with our Knoxville First Time Home Buyer’s Blog to keep up with the latest information about buying your first home.