According to USA Today, the housing market boomed in 2020, with interest rates at historic lows and home sales at their highest in more than a decade.

The pandemic only helped to fuel the house buying frenzy, with many people leaving cities in favor of suburbs, and the National Association of Realtors reports that first time home buyers made up 31 percent of all home purchases.

I remember how happy I was when I purchased my first home back in the late '80s right here in Lansing, Michigan.  Just the fact that I didn't live in an apartment any longer was so worth it.  And I could play music as loud as possible.

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When you do purchase a new home, it's at that moment when you realize you're going to need quite a few items as a new homeowner.  And yes we're talking about a lawn mower, snow shovel, tools, pots, pans, and so much more.

Here are some of the most important products you'll need after buying your first home:

1.  A tape measure.  No doubt about it.  You will be lost without a handy tape measure.  There's so much that needs to be measured when you buy a house.  You'll need it when you're hanging artwork, buying curtains for the windows, putting in new appliances and so much more.

2.  A filing cabinet for all your house related paperwork.  Houses come with a lot of paperwork.  This includes appliance manuals, mortgage documents, insurance policies, and more.  That's one of the first things I purchased when I bought my first home.

3.  A durable power drill.  This is a must purchase item.  When it comes to assembling furniture, mounting shelves, and tackling random DIY projects, this tool will come in very handy.

4.  A package of LED light bulbs.  You will definitely want to install some after you move in.  LEDs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.  It's a quick and easy change that can save you big money on utilities.

There are at least 22 if not more things you'll need for your first home and USA Today has more information.

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