First Time Homeowner? Here Is a List of Essential Appliances for You

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Heather Jones
I'm Heather, an author passionate about home improvements. My writing is your guide to making homes better. Let's explore easy ways to enhance your living spaces, from small fixes to exciting projects. Join me on a journey of making your house a cozy and stylish haven.

Moving into a new home if you have had a moving experience before comes with a lot of stress and planning–in addition to the stress of packing and the moving process itself. So there’s no doubt that the process is way more stressful for first timers. It comes with a mixture of stress and excitement. However, if the mover doesn’t plan well, the stress can override the excitement. 

After you have decided on the major things like furniture, layouts, and which area becomes what room, there comes another confusing thing, appliances. You are thinking: “What appliances do I need? Do I actually need everything as everyone says?” Well, everyone’s needs are different. 

Of course, there are some things we can all agree on like needing a washing machine, but do we all need a sandwich maker? Probably not. There is no doubt that appliances can be expensive, but they are worth the cost. If you are worried that something might happen to your new appliance, then it’s a good choice to check a home warranty guide for first-time home buyers to decide whether you need to purchase one. 

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Fortunately for you, we have gathered a list of the necessary appliances you need to buy for your new home. Because is your new home really ready without having the appliances you need? Here it is.


Well, this one is obvious. However, refrigerators come in a lot of sizes and styles. There are six types of fridge configurations: top or bottom freezer, French door, side-by-side, quad door, and under counter. The majority of refrigerators are freestanding; however, you can find ones that are built-in and counter depth styles if that is what you are looking for. But you would need to buy them before getting your kitchen.

Cooktop/Oven or Range

Buying a suitable oven for you is essential because this appliance will determine whether you will love or hate cooking in your new home, and even the taste of home-cooked food. Getting a bad oven is a nightmare because it is expensive, and you will be stuck with it for a long time. 

Since this appliance could cause hazards, you should look for safety features first, especially if you have kids. You want to make sure that the appliance has good reviews in terms of safety, and that you won’t face problems like uneven heat distribution, faulty ignitors, broken control panels, or an oven door that doesn’t properly seal heat. There are ovens that have extra features like a built-in air-fryer or dual fuel. 

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Washing and Drying Machines

Having a washing machine is a no-brainer, but for a drying machine, there could be some compromise, especially if you are on a tighter budget. Having to go to a laundromat or sharing washing machines in your building is a nightmare. So, it is better to invest in a good quality washing machine and dryer. 

Before you go on and make the big purchase, make sure that they don’t have bad reviews regarding these issues: too much noise, excessive shaking, leaking water and detergent, burning smell, and that the clothes come out damp after a drying cycle. These are the major issues you need to look out for. As for a dryer, if you don’t want to buy one, you can always purchase a manual dryer (hangar) and air dry your laundry in your house. Not very pretty and efficient, but as mentioned, compromises. 


There have been people saying that microwaves are dangerous because of the harmful rays they emit. However, microwaves are very beneficial if you know how to safely use them. You will use your microwave almost every day, especially when you have just moved because it will be easier to eat microwavable meals in the beginning, until you fully settle in. 

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There are different types of microwaves: countertop microwaves, over-the-range microwaves, built-in microwaves, under-counter/drawer microwaves, and convection microwaves. Depending on your needs and your kitchen’s aesthetic, you will be able to choose which one of them suits you best. 

However, you need to look out for some common microwave issues like making too much noise, plates aren’t properly turning, won’t turn on and off as you like, keeps shutting off in the middle of cooking, the touchpad doesn’t respond properly, the door doesn’t close, and inefficient heating. Of course, after reading multiple reviews, you’ll be able to figure out that the microwave model is prone to these issues. 

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