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Happy to report that with any luck I will be closing on my first house this week (thanks in no small part to the WSO community for the job that's paying for it!). Was wondering for those of you with homes (or apartments that are liberal with what you can do to them), what are your must haves as far as home accessories or just appliances you like in general?

-As an example I have one of those Globe Liquor bar things (so I can sauce up like a proper gent), and those LED Lights that are on a roll to add some mood lighting.

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May 19, 2018
dr_mantistoboggan_MD:

...apartments that are liberal with what you can do...

You're on the wrong website, son.

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May 21, 2018

I laughed.

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May 23, 2018

haha he said liberal haha

May 19, 2018

i keep an oven, a dehumidifier, and a couple paintings on deck

heister:

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May 19, 2018

oh but actually get one of those entire whole humidifiers that works by evaporating water off a bigass sponge with a fan. fuck that cold mist shit dawg

home depot has them

heister:

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May 19, 2018

and get an energy audit. see what cost saving measures you can implement. i increased insulation, installed aerators, and swapped all recessed lighting for LED retrofits and got an Energystar cert which looked good for my refi appraisal. or if you ever wanna sell. oh and if your mechanicals are pretty new, don't fuck with them. but when replacing, get energy efficient ones. like, i have a high efficiency furnace, tankless water heater (they rock. fuck the haters) which i put in an additionally insulated closet in the attic with the furnace, low-flow toilets... double-pane windows are actually somewhat of a sham. they help, but not nearly enough to warrant replacing before end of useful life of the old ones

heister:

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May 19, 2018

also you should hang a sex swing on a carabiner off a ceiling joist and a heavy bag on a carabiner off the back of your deck and use both liberally

heister:

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May 19, 2018

and one of these shits if you want your neighbors to treat you nice
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heister:

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May 19, 2018

a garbage disposal is like $100 and you can backsplash a kitchen for like $300 with something nice. low cost shit for your kitchen bro

heister:

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May 19, 2018

I remember you putting up that pic of those ikea wardrobe looking things a while back, I assume they're cheap (from a construction standpoint), but are they worth getting? They looked pretty sweet for storage/faux accent pieces in your billiards room.

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May 19, 2018

You mean this shit?

The two plastic shelves in the first pic are from Costco. The metal one is from Home Depot. Both were inexpensive but they're not cheap; they're really study actually. I live in a duplex and my unit has like 2,000SQFT but only one walk-in closet, a front entry closet, and a laundry closet. So we have a lot of room but we're lacking storage. I do have a huge attic which is dope, but going up there is a pain in the ass cause I gotta drop down the ladder, remove the insulation barrier, blah blah. It's where I mostly keep shit I've organized and labeled meticulously and will still never find again and just buy on Amazon when I need it...

Oh but anyway, two plastic shelves are supplies for a little proof of concept business which I've mostly abandoned. The metal one is just for regular storage. I'm gonna eventually pull the trigger on buying an in-home sauna and put it where those plastic shelves are now.

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May 21, 2018

thanks, I was actually talking about your post from the DIY thread

GoldenCinderblock:

I assembled this IKEA shit for 16 hours straight I shit you not:

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May 22, 2018

Dude, your apartment gives me serious anxiety. Also, Costco brand paper towels?

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May 22, 2018

Why?
And yeah man Costco everything when I die bury me inside a Costco coffin

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May 22, 2018

Costco Mortuary: "We'll be the last ones to let you down!"

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May 22, 2018

heister:

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May 22, 2018
GoldenCinderblock:

a garbage disposal is like $100

You know these were illegal in NYC until '97.

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May 22, 2018

No shit. Why? Too many people dismembering their hands? I wonder how that law came to be. Cause it's not like murder where the shit's been banned forever. Garbage disposals aren't even that old...

Also protip: Don't put garbage disposals in your rentals because tenants are retarded and will break them 3 times a month and then their kid will stick his dick in there and sue you too.

heister:

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May 22, 2018
GoldenCinderblock:

No shit. Why? Too many people dismembering their hands? I wonder how that law came to be. Cause it's not like murder where the shit's been banned forever. Garbage disposals aren't even that old...

Also protip: Don't put garbage disposals in your rentals because tenants are retarded and will break them 3 times a month and then their kid will stick his dick in there and sue you too.

Actually, it was (unfounded) fears that the sewers couldn't handle the extra junk poured down them. NYC has a combined storm and sanitary system, and an extended period of more than 1"/hr rains cause raw sewage to be dumped into the Hudson. If you are considering swimming on Sandy Hook or Jones Beach you really should check the past two weeks rain before you go. Out by the Hamptons, you are fine.

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May 22, 2018

Oh how cool. Thanks man
I wonder if they still sold them in stores though or online... how was this enforced?

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May 21, 2018

Congrats on the new place!

Must haves for me are a food scale (bring on the drug jokes) and a rice cooker. Also, a Keurig is real convenient.

May 21, 2018

Have a Keurig (although as a tea drinker I mostly use it as an expensive water heater) and a digital scale already! Rice cooker is a really good one +1SB, any brands to look for/avoid?

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May 21, 2018

I drink quite a bit of tea as well so it's a water heater for me sometimes, too.

This is the rice cooker I use (http://www.aroma-housewares.com/kitchen/appliances...).It's probably overkill but it's great. Biggest thing to look out for is the minimum and maximum amounts of rice it can cook. That one can cook from 4 to 20 cups (cooked). So it's great for meal prep but if you wanted to use it meal-by-meal you'd want a smaller one. I recommend the Aroma brand for sure.

May 21, 2018

that thing is a beast will definitely be grabbing one of these.

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May 22, 2018

bro, forget that American shit and go to the people who know rice best- the Japanese. They have crazy rice cookers that play 8-bit music at you, have induction heating, pressure cooking, and even AI that adapts to the rice you buy. Shit will make your rice so fluffy and perfect if you ever want to delve into home-made sushi (great for dinner parties and dates).

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May 22, 2018

For sure. Get either Tiger or Zojirushi and you good.

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May 22, 2018

Link plz

May 23, 2018

save the "rice cooker" just get an instant pot. It is a do everything pressure cooker. You can basically make any meal in 15 minutes cook time. Also pretty sure it cooks rice in 5 min.

May 21, 2018

a crock pot

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May 21, 2018

Already have one of these as well, def recommend one with a delay timer so you can load up in the morning and come home to a nice simmering roast/shoulder/chili.

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May 21, 2018

I'd recommend some nice, one off art for the walls.

Other than that, try and not buy anything you don't absolutely need, or really really want and will use a lot. You don't realize how easy it is to downsize each time you move, and once you buy a place and settle down, it's very easy to accumulate a lot of stuff and clutter the place up.

I recently got rid of over 25 books and over 75 articles of clothing, and still have probably like 80 books and over 100 shirts.

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May 22, 2018

My girl is a pretty accomplished artist and is working on a center piece for the main room which is nice (read: "free").

The old clothes purge is very real in my current apartment right now, luckily I'm pretty minimalist otherwise, just have to worry about getting new furniture when I move.

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May 22, 2018

a solid good quality desk and office chair - not shit ones, makes a big difference.

May 22, 2018

You're asking the wrong question, it's more like "what do I not need to buy for my new house".

Easy to fall into a trap buying a bunch of stuff that ends up being clutter and difficult to get rid of. Minimalist is best.

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May 22, 2018

Definitely a great piece of advice, thankfully clean lines and grey scale modern/minimalist are what I like so the clutter (aside from the aforementioned clothes) isn't really a worry for me.

I was thinking more along the lines of gadgets like a Nest or Soundbar or something to make life easier since I'm not in my place roughly 14hrs of the day and roughly 6 of the remaining are spent sleeping.

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May 22, 2018
dr_mantistoboggan_MD:

Definitely a great piece of advice, thankfully clean lines and grey scale modern/minimalist are what I like so the clutter (aside from the aforementioned clothes) isn't really a worry for me.

I was thinking more along the lines of gadgets like a Nest or Soundbar or something to make life easier since I'm not in my place roughly 14hrs of the day and roughly 6 of the remaining are spent sleeping.

Ah okay, noted. On that front definitely suggest a Ring doorbell and without any doubt: a Schlage or comparable fingerprint, RFID, keypad, whatever, any of the above type lock. Game changers in my opinion.

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May 22, 2018

Pace yourself...it's a marathon, not a sprint. Did a new kitchen and bath last year (year 9) and new roof is actually finishing up today. It never ends.

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May 22, 2018

Where I have a bunch of electronics in a spot (e.g., office desk), I have a surge protector (check out NYT Wirecutter).

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-surge-prote...

May 22, 2018

A sous vide
And a nice surround sound speaker set-up for your living room. I have mine attached to Alexa for when I have people over during the weekends.

You mentioned you already have light strips, you can buy a wifi receiver to control the lights with your phone and Alexa as well.
Some smart sockets or smart bulbs are also useful for things like lamps or other appliances.

May 22, 2018

Given OP's username, I'm surprised no one has said a bang maid.

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May 22, 2018

toenail clippings and handies on command.

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May 22, 2018

any respectable man should have a toeknife for that. Will need some cat food to help fall asleep though

May 22, 2018

Two nice tower speakers, center channel, sub and receiver, and a big-ass OLED TV. Satellite speakers for rear left and right optional.

May 22, 2018

Yo half this thread is about crock pots dawg. Bunch of fucking finance bros sitting at work discussing ways to cook rice on the internet. Remember '07/'08, you fucks!

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May 22, 2018

1. Espresso machine.

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May 23, 2018

anything in particular to look for/avoid in the 250-400 range? the Italian spot by me has one of those $10,000+ commercial model Bunns that I always partake from, but that's a little rich for my blood.

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May 23, 2018

The nespressos are awesome, cost about 300-500$

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May 23, 2018
dr_mantistoboggan_MD:

anything in particular to look for/avoid in the 250-400 range? the Italian spot by me has one of those $10,000+ commercial model Bunns that I always partake from, but that's a little rich for my blood.

I'd recommend a simple model.

I usually just have a simple Krups.

https://www.amazon.com/KRUPS-Espresso-Machine-Frot...
I decided to pay $1,200 at one point for a fully automatic auto grinder and it was good for a couple of years. I mainly just would have a quick doubleshot of espresso in the morning, no hassle, just turn on, autogrind and voila.

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But, if anything goes wrong in that complicated machine, it is a pain to fix. Also, if it is not working and you really want a shot of espresso and you have to go quickly in the morning, it is frustrating. Every six months I had to get tablets online or from Williams Sonoma to clean. Its real nice to have and looks fancy when you have people over or something or with chicks, but for day to day heavy use, I find the Krups machine to be a workhorse with few moving parts. The reliability is big for me and those machines are very durable as well. I've never had any issue and the Krups model was a $100 machine.

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May 23, 2018
dr_mantistoboggan_MD:

anything in particular to look for/avoid in the 250-400 range? the Italian spot by me has one of those $10,000+ commercial model Bunns that I always partake from, but that's a little rich for my blood.

If you actually do want to spend $300 or $400, I think espresso machines at times make very nice pieces for an art form in the kitchen (there are lots of different colors/shapes). Not a $10K statement, but there are definitely some cool machines out there you could check out before selecting a cookie cutter machine that I recommended.

I have some art that I want to highlight around the area, so I don't want the appliances to detract from the art.

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May 22, 2018

Nice coffee table books. Watches, cars, photography or nature and travel. Books with a beautiful cover and even better content

May 22, 2018
G-I the pharma guy:

Books with a beautiful cover and even better content

Heart fluttering.

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May 22, 2018
G-I the pharma guy:

Books with a beautiful cover and even better content

I too have Hustler magazines gracing my wonderful apartment.

'I'm jacked... JACKED TO THE TITS!!'

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May 22, 2018

Coffee maker - amazing how many people don't have these at home.
Smoothie maker - see above.

May 22, 2018

A wife/girlfriend that's a real woman. (and not some feminist pseudo-lady).

^ that's all you really need.

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May 23, 2018

A Years supply of toilet paper cause you never know when you're going to run out, especially after Indian food.

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May 23, 2018

+1 but where I am you have to substitute Indian for Ethiopian food, so damn good on the way in, so damn bad on the way out.

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May 23, 2018

Plenty of Injera and tibs. Come out looking like stew.

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May 23, 2018

Get yourself a toolbox. I mean a serious tool box able to handle most of the daily stuff you'd need to fix. Include a power drill, drill bit set, multiple screw bits, a hammer, a philips head and a flat head screwdriver, a pair of 8-inch needle-nose pliers, a pair of 10-inch grove-joint pliers, 2-3 locking pliers/vice grips of different sizes, a tape measure, 2 levels (1 that's at least 18 inches, preferably at least 24, and one that's 12 inches), adjustable wrenches, a hammer, a set of combo wrenches, a wire cutter, 2 pry bars (one at least 15 inches, and one at least 7 inches), a quality utility knife, a socket wrench set, an allen key/hex/torx set, and a roll of duct tape in the list of things you should keep in it. And I consider that the basic tool kit. You're buying a home - expect to learn how to repair basic things around the house. This will help you out immensely.

May 23, 2018

Thanks, will take this list with me to Home Depot over the weekend.

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May 23, 2018

Depending on how much you're willing to spend, shoot me a PM and I'll go over good brands at various price points for you or things that I'd buy in particular when given the choice.

I can't overstate the importance of having a basic home repair kit and will pay a little extra to buy brands that I keep in my wood shop because they've never failed me in the past. For example, I have 3-4 utility knifes (standard box cutter, angled, foldable and Exacto style), but the one I swear by in my home tool kit is my quick release retractable one because it's safer to keep in the house, is easier to store, and is much easier to hold and use than the other ones.

May 23, 2018

I'd be interested in hearing more. I'm getting married soon and we don't really need many items, so I was planning on putting some tools/tool sets on the registry. Any recommendations? Ideally would have a few options ranging from $50-$200 each. I basically own nothing currently, so if you had $200-$500 to spend on tools, what would you start with? Just searching on Amazon there are a ton of options and I'm basically clueless.

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May 23, 2018

Shoot me a PM. There's a decent amount of possibilities. Let's talk about the key things you're looking for because some of the bigger items (drill, all in one kits, etc. will easily run 100-200 based on what it comes with) while some of the smaller items are like 10-20 bucks.

May 23, 2018

I'd also add: WD-40, draino-type drain unclogger, cheap 5-gal bucket, stud finder, hot glue gun, bunch of finishing nails, 9-volt batteries because the goddamn smoke alarms always lose charge at the worst time, bunch of rags for misc cleanings that can get nasty.

Recommended other stuff: Nest, the carpet/rug designed to go around toilets, good stereo, google home, mood lighting, some variety of plants- succulents if you're not a maintenance-type person, fresh herbs if you can cook, good blender, spice rack, at least one solid skillet/pan and a medium sized pot, supply of nonperishable food like chicken noodle soup for when you're sick and spaghetti just as buffer food for the back of the pantry.

May 23, 2018

always beating me to the punch...

ditto to everything, only thing to add is ladders. changing light fixtures, cleaning gutters, getting some alone time on the roof, etc., I'd recommend 2 ladders, one for inside that's a bit shorter and gets you to your tallest ceiling, another for outdoors that you can get dirty and is taller. you don't want the gutter cleaning ladder being dragged onto the dining room rug and getting it dirty when you're having to dust the chandelier before dinner.

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May 23, 2018

cigars, whiskey, shitload of books, art, jazz records, fat ass tv for sports, coffee maker. Set.

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May 23, 2018

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