You’ve bought your first home, and now all you have to do is fill it. Before you go shopping, make a list of the things your home needs, and prioritize the list to focus on the items and rooms you will use most. From big-ticket items to smaller daily essentials, household appliances are part of what makes your house a home.

Big-Ticket Items

Refrigerator. Definitely one of the most important items in your home, a refrigerator is an essential appliance. If your new home doesn’t come with a fridge, put this item at the top of your list. You’ll have little use for the rest of your kitchen appliances without a place to store the groceries.

Cooktop/Range. The second item your kitchen needs is a cooktop and range. Many cooktops contain oven combos, allowing you to save space and have everything you need.

laundry room with washer and dryerWasher & dryer. Say goodbye to the laundromat and hello to your very own washer and dryer. New homeowners tend to get pretty excited about these appliances, as having your own washer and dryer saves a lot of time and makes it easier to get your laundry done­­.

Lawn mower. If your new home has a lawn, you’ll need to purchase a lawn mower. Depending on your budget and the amount of grass you have, consider whether a push mower or a riding mower is best for you.

Television. The best way to prepare your entertainment setup is to purchase a TV. Even if it’s the only thing in your living room, it’s definitely a good place to start. OK, so maybe it’s not something you need in order to wash the dishes or keep your clothes clean, but it will give you something to do. If it’s in the budget, consider purchasing a flat-screen television. It’ll save room and look sleek.

Smaller Appliances

woman cleaning floor with vacuum cleanerVacuum Cleaner. Probably the most important of the smaller appliances, a vacuum cleaner will help you keep your house clean. Make sure the vacuum you purchase can handle whatever type of flooring is in your home.

Microwave. Even if you don’t do much microwave cooking, it’s nice to have one as an option—especially when you’re pressed for time in the kitchen.

Coffeemaker. A countertop essential, a coffeemaker is sure to help you start your day out right. Just don’t forget to buy the coffee!

Toaster. Save some counter space for a toaster—they’re useful for more than just toast. Toaster sizes vary, so be sure to get one big enough for your needs. Toaster ovens are a great option when you don’t have room for a full-size oven.

Blender. Whether you’re a fan of smoothies, milkshakes, or margaritas, a blender is a versatile and valuable addition for your new kitchen.

Now that you know which essential appliances you’ll need, check to see if any existing appliances need to be replaced. If not, you can save some money now and purchase that dream oven later on down the road. In the meantime, learn more about how to decorate and furnish your new home.