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It can be a bit of a shock to go from calling your landlord to fix something to realizing you’re responsible for doing it yourself. Luckily, a lot of the supplies any new homeowner needs for home maintenance are readily available at stores like Home Depot.

I asked Meredith Kiep, a senior sales associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Warren Residential, and Kate Ziegler, a Realtor with Arborview Realty in Boston and with Coldwell Banker Lifestyles in New London, New Hampshire, to tell me the items they advise new homeowners to buy as they move into their new digs. Here are their suggestions.

An Assortment of Hanging Hardware

“I like a kit with a variety of hooks and hanging implements, not just nails and drywall anchors,” Ziegler says. “Hook hanging wires are perfect for hanging art on old plaster walls with minimal damage, but any purpose-made hanging hardware will help you choose the right hook for the wall type and will minimize damage and dropped mirrors in the long run.”  

Megan Johnson


Megan Johnson is a reporter in Boston. She got her start at the Boston Herald, where commenters would leave sweet messages like “Megan Johnson is just awful.” Now, she’s a contributor to publications like People Magazine, Trulia and Architectural Digest.