Moving to a new house is exciting and stressful in equal measure. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving somewhere bigger (or smaller), ensuring you have all the necessary items is essential in helping the process run smoothly and can be very satisfying. But it can also be hard to keep on top of all the things you need for a new house, especially as a lot will depend on what you already have and what comes with your new home.
Aesthetics aside, there are some essentials for a new home that you’ll need to buy before or shortly after you make the big move. AtAccess Self Storage, we’ve helped a lot of new homeowners with ourstorage and packaging solutions. With that in mind, we’ve put together the ultimate checklist ofthings you need for a new house. These are the basics – we’ve left it up to you to decide how you’d like to furnish your home.
To help you get the most for your money, we’ve also reached out to experts – Thomas Goodman atMyjobquote.co.uk, the UK’s leading trades matching site;Nick Grey, the CEO of British home and garden appliance companyGtech; Yvonne Keal, Senior Product Manager atHillarys, a UK-based producer of blinds, shutters, and curtains; and Anna Marshall, Content Manager atOak Furnitureland, a trusted furniture retailer.
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Depending on how modern the kitchen is in your new home, you might need to upgrade the ‘white goods’ (fridge, washing machine and dishwasher) or install the basics, like a cooker.
While you may not be in the mood for cooking after a strenuous move, you might still want some hot food. That’s where the comes in! Thomas says: “when buying a new microwave, consider the size that you’ll need. How many people are there in your family? How often do you plan on using it?”
“You also may want to think about the colour of the microwave that you choose. Do you want a microwave that matches your other appliances? If so, hunt for one in the same colour. Many kitchen brands can provide various appliances in the same colour, and some even sell them in a set. This helps ensure all your smaller kitchen appliances match each other.”
Microwaves and white goods aside, the other kitchenthings you need for a new houseare:
- Kitchen roll
- Washing-up liquid
- Tea towel
- Drying rack
Some tea bags and a loaf of bread wouldn’t go amiss either!
Thomas adds: “if there’s one thing you want to make sure you have when you move into a new place, it’s at least one bin. You don’t want to find yourself having nowhere to put all your rubbish because you’ve forgotten to buy a bin for your new place!”
“I recommend a large bin for the kitchen and some smaller bins for other rooms such as the bathroom and home office. A good bin will be large enough to store all your rubbish without you having to run out with bin bags every day.”
“Consider the size of your family and how much waste you produce when choosing the right bin. For hygiene reasons, a pedal bin or a bin with an automatic lid is best for the kitchen. This will prevent you from having to touch the bin with your hands while you’re preparing food.”
Of course, “a bin wouldn’t be complete without bin bags. If you want to avoid getting your bin dirty, bin bags are an important purchase before you move into a new home. It’s also likely that you’ll find a lot of things amongst your moving boxes that you want to sort through and get rid of.”
“Be sure to choose heavy duty bin bags if you’re planning on putting a lot of items in them. Also, look at the size of your bin to ensure you buy the right size of bin bags for the bins around your new home.”
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You’ll also need a wide range of kitchen utensils, including:
- Sharp knives
- Can opener
- Baking tray
- Pots and pans
- Vegetable peeler
- Bottle opener
- Wooden spoon
- Salt and pepper shakers
- Measuring jug
- Mixing bowl
- Serving platter
- Oven gloves
Bathrooms are generally already kitted out with the essentials (toilet, sink, shower and/or bath). The following essentials cover everything you’ll need for the first morning you wake up in your new home:
- Hand towel
- Bathroom mat
- Toilet brush
- Toilet roll
- Toilet roll holder
- Shower squeegee
Thomas adds: “If your new home has a shower over the bath, you will most likely need to purchase a shower curtain. This will help to ensure water doesn’t spray out of the shower area when you’re showering and will prevent water damage to other parts of the bathroom.”
“A good shower curtain is one that is completely waterproof and has robust fittings that will keep the curtain in place at all times. Choose a shower curtain that you can wipe clean to help prevent mould from forming at the bottom of the shower.”
Some basic cleaning products might also be useful:
- Bathroom spray
- Glass cleaner
- Limescale remover
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Ideally, you don’t want to buy too much furniture before you move into your new home because this will make moving more difficult and potentially more costly. These are the bare essentials you need for a comfortable living room:
- Coffee table
- Sofa (or comfortable chairs to sit on)
- TV, with something to put it on (either a TV stand or a bracket to fix onto the wall)
- A TV cable
- Wi-Fi (so you can watch Netflix)
When choosing the perfect sofa for your space, Anna says: “When choosing your sofa, the first thing to consider is how you’ll use it. Do you want somewhere for everyone to gather for movie nights? A cosy space to watch your favourite series? A loveseat for a reading nook? We have a wide range of styles that span spacious corner sofas for leisurely lounging to compact 2-seaters that are ideal for zoning broken-plan living areas.”
“You’ll also need to consider whether it will fit in your chosen space and match it to your décor scheme. Leather is durable and stylish, while fabrics range from sumptuous velvet to hard-wearing polyester that’s practical if you have children and or pets. At Oak Furnitureland, our sofas range from classic to contemporary and come in a choice of different upholstery options.”
Of course, a bed is the main thing to have in your new bedroom. But there are a few other essentials, including:
- Duvet and pillows
- Bedding (duvet cover and pillowcases)
- Bedside table
- Bedside lamp
- Hangers for your clothes
- Chest of drawers
- A mirror
Curtains, shutters, or blinds are essential for a new home, but if there’s one room you want to sort right from move-in day, it’s your bedroom. Some window covering will keep the early morning sun out and give you some privacy.
When it comes to choosing the right window dressings for the rest of your home,Yvonne says: “making your new house feel like a home can be tricky, but window dressings can add texture, warmth, personality and the finishing touch to transform an empty space into a safe haven.”
“When considering which window dressings to choose, consider the function and size of the room. For example, in your bathroom, you will need a dressing to withstand steam and humidity, whereas for your living space, you may want a more contemporary style to create a warm and welcoming space.”
“Roller blinds are an affordable option – Hillarys offers them from as little as £50 – and they can be extremely stylish – we offer beautiful collaborations with designers like Abigail Ahern in which cocooning fabrics like nubby boucle, soft corduroy and berber take over.”
Your new home will likely be dusty after all your boxes have been moved in. Here are the essential cleaning products you’ll need ready:
- Wiping cloths, sponges and scrubbers (microfibre cloths are particularly good for dust)
- Feather duster
- Mop and bucket
- Dustpan and brush
- Washing-up liquid
- Floor cleaner
- Kitchen and bathroom spray
- General disinfectant
- Vacuum cleaner
- Washing powder/liquid (if you have a washing machine)
- A clothes horse (these are especially handy if you don’t have much radiator space)
Thomas recommends bringing your cleaning equipment in a separate, easily accessible box on the move-in day since“this will allow you to do a thorough clean of the property before moving all of your things in. This ensures that you move into a completely clean space, which is particularly important if someone else has lived in the home before you. Some examples of things you may want to invest in include cloths, a duster, antibacterial spray, antibacterial wipes, bleach, toilet cleaner, and window cleaner.”
A vacuum is one of the most importantthings you need for a new house. If you’re struggling to find the right vacuum cleaner, Nick has some advice: “When choosing a vacuum for your first home, it’s sensible to look for a multi-tasking appliance which is efficient, cost effective and easy to use.”
“A cordless vacuum – such as the Gtech System – moves easily between different floor surfaces without settings to change and will make light work of stairs. The handheld part of the system cleans hard-to-reach areas as well as curtains and upholstery. If your budget won’t stretch that far, then a cordless upright vacuum – such as the AirRAM MK2 – is a sensible option.”
“Consider energy efficiency, since that’s one of a vacuum’s main running costs. All of our vacuums consume less energy and are built for a 20-year lifespan.”
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Other essentials for a new home
All homes should have a box of medicine, a first aid kit and a few necessary grooming products. The main ones include:
- Nail scissors/clippers
In terms of safety, make sure you have the following:
- Smoke alarm
- Carbon monoxide alarm
- Fire extinguisher
- Fire blanket
Finally, in terms of hardware and tools, the following are essentials for any home:
- Plug extension leads
- Light bulbs
- Measuring tape
- Screwdrivers (flat and Phillips heads)
Consider self storage
Getting everything you own from A to B in one day is a tall order – it’s stressful and expensive. Many people choose to spread their move over several days or even longer by using self storage as a middle-ground between their old place and their new home. This means they can use a smaller vehicle and do more of the move at their own pace.
Some customers also prefer to use self storage because they’re worried about movers damaging their fragile furniture or other beloved items. By moving these items themselves and leaving them in our secure, CCTV-monitored storage units, they can be confident that they will arrive in good shape.
At Access Self Storage, we’re happy to provide this service at unbeatable prices. Whether you need a small storage unit for the contents of your flat or a 400-square-foot unit for a family home – or anything in between – we can help. We even offer boxes, bubble wrap, and other storage supplies, and our friendly staff can put you in touch with trusted removal companies.
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Would you prefer to have a paper copy of this list? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a printable new house checklist with all the same items on it.
Download: Things to buy for a new house checklist PDF
Quick tips for moving house
There are many otherthings you need for a new house, but those can be accumulated over time. It’s important to make sure you have the absolute basics to begin with – don’t buy too many items before moving, as you may waste money on things that don’t quite suit your new home. The cost of all of these things can quickly add up!
Here are some other quick tips for moving house to help make the process as stress-free as possible!
- Label your boxes clearly with the room they’re supposed to go in and a quick list of the contents.
- Take a video of the property you’re moving into. This gives you a better idea of the space than measurements alone, helping you make buying decisions and choose items that will fit the space.
- Don’t forget to get your bills sorted before moving in! Wi-Fi, gas, water and electricity are all must-haves for your new home.
- Schedule a supermarket delivery. You can get all the heavy essentials, like canned goods, brought right to your door to give your pantry a head start.
That’s our list of things you need for a new house. We wish you the best of luck with the move!
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1. Toilet paper. Not all toilet paper is created equal.What should I look for in a new home checklist? ›
- New Locks And Keys. ...
- Smoke Alarms. ...
- Fire Extinguisher. ...
- Carbon Monoxide Detector. ...
- First Aid And Cleaning Supplies. ...
- Kitchen Supplies. ...
- Living Room Must-Haves. ...
- Bedroom Necessities.
- Can Opener.
- First Aid.
1. Toilet paper. Not all toilet paper is created equal.What are five things to consider before buying a house? ›
- Understand Your Monthly Costs. ...
- Keep Your Eye on Interest Rates. ...
- Commute Times Are Key. ...
- Get Educated about Local Schools. ...
- Check Out Local Community Life. ...
- Take Noise Levels into Account. ...
- Get an Experienced Real Estate 'Advocate'
They say the three most important things to think about when buying a home are location, location, location. You can change almost everything else, but you can't change your home's location.
- Start with items you won't need right away. ...
- Pack similar items together. ...
- Keep essentials packed separately for quick access. ...
- Label each box by its contents and room. ...
- Color code boxes by each room. ...
- Allow yourself plenty of time to pack. ...
- Load furniture, appliances and larger items first.
It is customary for the Chinese to carry auspicious items when they first step into the new house. To attract wealth, all household occupants are recommended to bring feng shui coins, rice, and/or fresh fruits such as pineapples, oranges, apples, and peaches.What are the 7 essential things? ›
These 7 basic survival kit components are: food, water, first aid, warmth & shelter, sanitation & hygiene, lighting & communication and other survival gear.What are the 6 essentials to live? ›
These Six Essential Choices are what you eat, drink, breath, rest, exercise and think.
To understand the essentials of health we need to understand the essentials of life. Many things could come to mind in different categories such as physiological, psychological or social. However, in terms of basic physiological essentials for survival, we can name four: food, water, oxygen, and nerve impulse.What is the luckiest day to move into a new house? ›
Move into your new home on a Thursday, considered by some to be the luckiest day. That is, unless everyone else is moving on a Thursday, which will make getting a van pretty difficult.How clean should a new house be before moving in? ›
- Clean the kitchen thoroughly including the fridge, stove, counters and cabinets.
- Thoroughly clean all bathrooms including the sinks, tubs and showers.
- Vacuum and dust in any empty rooms.
- Mop or sweep any floors.
- Sweep out the garage.
Good luck begins on day one – once you've gotten your keys, it's time to welcome wealth and prosperity into your new home. Before you step in, roll a pineapple into the house while saying “huat ah!” Take note of where the pineapple stops – this is said to be your “fortune position”.What are 10 household materials? ›
- Baby powder. • Sprinkle it on tangled jewelry to get knots out. ...
- Clear nail polish. • ...
- Coconut oil. • ...
- Lemons. • ...
- Mayonnaise. • ...
- Newspaper. • ...
- Pennies. • ...
- Rubber bands. •
- Furniture. The cost of furniture probably makes up the biggest percentage of a home's insured items. ...
- Clothing. ...
- Jewellery. ...
- Carpets, curtains and soft furnishings. ...
- Computers and electrical items. ...
- Sports equipment. ...
- Garden tools and equipment and furniture. ...
Name or reiterate bases found around the house: baking soda, washing soda, ammonia, lye soap. Acids and bases can be strong, or weak, or somewhere in between. Chemists measure the strength of acids and bases using a scale called the pH scale.What are 3 of the 6 things you need to buy a house? ›
The process can differ among lenders but in every case, there are six boxes to check off when applying for a home loan: Get your down payment together; pick a lender, check your credit score, check your debt-to-income ratio, set aside closing costs, and apply for pre-approval of a mortgage.What are the first things to do before you buy a house? ›
- Understand why you want to buy a house. Purchasing a home is a major decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. ...
- Check your credit score. ...
- Save for a down payment. ...
- Create a housing budget. ...
- Shop for a mortgage. ...
- Hire a real estate agent. ...
- See multiple homes. ...
- Make an offer.
The three most important factors when buying a home are location, location, and location. Too often I hear people talking about making decisions based on the home itself, instead of the location, and that is a mistake. What is it about the location that makes it so vital to real estate investing?
Choose bold, bright, neutral or serene, just make sure the colors are complementary. Give thought to the walls, decor, flooring or floor coverings, and furnishings and accessories. Everything should work together, creating a space that visually pleasing, no matter the style or the color scheme.What is the most important room in a house? ›
The kitchen is by far the most important room in the house for a buyer. A well-apointed kitchen dramatically increases the value of your home. As you build your new home to meet your personal interests and needs for your kitchen, you should consider these items in your kitchen design: Modern appliances.What three features should a house have? ›
- Flow. The internal flow and well-proportioned spaces, where one interior volume relates to another, makes for a great home to live in. ...
- Light. ...
- Flexibility. ...
- Home automation. ...
- Outdoor space. ...
- Lighting. ...
- Connecting with the outdoors. ...
- Put heavier items on the bottom. A good rule of thumb when packing is to put heavier items towards the bottom. ...
- Don't move empty space. ...
- Secure liquids in plastic. ...
- Use furniture gliders. ...
- Move hanging clothes. ...
- Use newspaper with caution. ...
- Cut handles into your boxes. ...
- Vacuum seal.
Packing up the kitchen can be the most daunting challenge of all when moving your household, because there are so many large and small objects in the kitchen, and so many of those objects are fragile and awkward to pack.How far in advance should you pack your house? ›
You should start packing for your move at least 3 weeks prior to your anticipated move date. The actual moving preparation process should start at least 6-8 weeks before your move. The earlier you start the packing process, the easier it will be when your move date approaches.How can I bring luck to my new home? ›
- Leave Your Old Broom Behind. It is a common new house superstition that you should purchase a new broom, leaving your old broom behind at your previous house. ...
- Boil Milk. ...
- Burn Sage. ...
- Paint Your Porch Ceiling Blue. ...
- Spread Out Salt. ...
- Moving House On A Friday or Saturday.
Fruits like oranges, pomegranates, apples, and peaches represent prosperity, opportunity, safety, and good health respectively. It's important not to walk in empty-handed!Why do you bring rice and salt to a new home? ›
Bring in first rice and salt
Before you enter your new home and put all your furniture, appliances and other stuff, you should first enter with a container full of rice and another container with salt. This ritual is being done to invite wealth and fortune into your new home.. Other people also include cotton.
We must have food, water, air, and shelter to survive. If any one of these basic needs is not met, then humans cannot survive.
- Food. Food is the basic source of energy and one of the most immediate requirements for day to day survival. ...
- Drinking Water and Sanitation. ...
- Healthcare. ...
- Shelter. ...
- Education. ...
- Access to Information.
The truth is, there are only five basic needs; Clean Air, Water, Nutrients, Shelter and Sleep.What are the three essentials to live? ›
- Something to pursue. ...
- Something to love, whether that be a person, object, a hobby, or something else.
- Something to hope for, like a better life, a romantic relationship, or a new experience.
Air is the most essential element of life as it contains oxygen which is responsible for life-sustaining on the earth.What day of the month is best to move? ›
It turns out that the best days to move are between Monday and Thursday, despite Tuesdays being the least popular moving day. There is far less demand for movers making it a cinch to schedule your moving day, and taking the day the off work to get it done will pay off in big ways.What are the best months to move? ›
Most Americans move from mid-May through mid-September—or between Memorial Day and Labor Day—which is the peak moving season. However, the best time of the year to move is during the off-season, which is mid-September through April.What is the best date to move into a new house 2023? ›
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|27 Mar 2023 (Mon)||Tiger||26 Apr 2023 (Wed)|
|29 Mar 2023 (Wed)||Dragon|
|30 Mar 2023 (Thu)||Snake|
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Bathrooms and kitchens are known as 'wet areas'. These often take the most time to clean. That's why they should be first in the order you clean your house. Once you've done step 1 and 3, dust everything and then get down to work in your bathrooms and kitchen.Where do you clean first in a house? ›
- Step one - Dust all rooms in your home. ...
- Step two - Clean furniture fabric and re-make the beds. ...
- Step three - Clean Mirrors and Glass. ...
- Step four - Clean / sanitise all surfaces. ...
- Step five - Clean the kitchen. ...
- Step six - clean the bathrooms and toilets. ...
- Step seven - Clean hard floors.
As noted above, most paint manufacturers recommend that you clean walls with at least mild detergent and water before painting. Although modern paints are so good that they bond well to almost any surface, it will adhere best to surfaces that are perfectly clean and smooth.
Rice and salt
The tradition of bringing a container full of rice before anything else into a new home represents that the occupant will never experience hunger throughout their stay in their home. This practice also symbolizes good fortune and wealth for the occupants.
When entering your home for the first time with your family, you'll want everyone to hold on to either an orange, pomegranate, peach, or apple as they go past the front door because each of these fruits represents something positive.What does a pineapple house symbolize? ›
Southern plantations took up the trend and started carving pineapple-like shapes into columns at their entrances. This, in fact, became a well-known addition to entrance architecture. The European bastardization of the pineapple symbol, however, meant more than just hospitality—it meant prestige.What are the 5 essentials of life? ›
- 5 Essentials of Life.
- Nerve Supply. "The nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body." (Gray's Anatomy, 29th ed., page 4) ...
- Cardiovascular Health. Everyone knows your heart conditioning is important. ...
- Nutrition. ...
- Water. ...
- Cleanser/makeup remover.
- Eye cream or gel.
- Shaving cream or gel.
What are personal essentials? Personal essentials are the toiletry and household items pertinent to everyday life. These items include everything from diapers to all-purpose cleaner.What do I need to pack for a 7 day trip? ›
- Passport / ID.
- Phone + charger + adapter + *headphones*
- Airline tickets / e-ticket confirmation.
- Itinerary / accommodation / transportation confirmations.
- Medical prescriptions.
- Camera + charger.
- Portable charger.
- Reusable water bottle.
The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.What are life essentials examples? ›
Basic necessities of life means food, water, shelter, clothing, and medically necessary health care, including but not limited to health-related treatment or activities, hygiene, oxygen, and medication.Which is the most essential for life? ›
1. Water. Almost all the processes that make up life on Earth can be broken down into chemical reactions - and most of those reactions require a liquid to break down substances so they can move and interact freely. Liquid water is an essential requirement for life on Earth because it functions as a solvent.
Toothbrushes, razors, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, floss, toiletries, soap, etc. These items are some of the most forgotten items on vacations, and it makes sense. These items are used on such a daily basis that they become a normal part of our routine.
complimentary toiletries. free personal care products, like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, body lotions, etc. provided in hotel bathrooms. US.How do you pack a carry-on? ›
- Pack items in layers (shoes one layer, clothes one layer, electronics one layer, etc.).
- Pack the things you'll use the least at the bottom of the bag.
- Keep most of your valuables in your carry-on luggage, and store them in side compartments or safely padded around other items.
Do the clothing countdown: If you need a mantra to help streamline your wardrobe, use the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule for a weeklong trip: Limit yourself to no more than five sets of socks and underwear, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes and one hat. The list should be adjusted to suit your needs.How many bras to pack for 2 weeks? ›
If you have unlimited suitcase space and don't want to do any laundry, a two-week trip means packing 14/2 = 7 bras and at least 14 pairs of underwear.Is it better to roll or fold clothes in a suitcase? ›
Rolling your clothes in your suitcase will generally save space. This is because it squeezes air from between folds and means the most of available space is used. If done correctly, rolling can also ensure less wrinkles in your clothes.