- 1 List of Things To Buy For A New House
- 2 Before you start
- 3 Cleaning Supplies
- 4 Kitchenware
- 5 Bathroom
- 6 Bedroom
- 7 Furniture
- 8 Food
- 9 Consider Setting Up A Home Security System
- 10 Additional Extras You Might Want To Consider
- 11 You’re Set
- 12 Related Articles
- 13 Need Professional Help?
List of Things To Buy For A New House
There’s nothing like moving into your own place for the first time, even if you’re sharing with roommates or friends.
Having newfound freedom in a new house is an amazing feeling, and you’ll never forget the first night in your new bedroom.
But, moving into a new house is just the beginning and it comes with new responsibilities and it could be a shock if this is your first home.
Consider all the little things that you took for granted but essential to make a house a proper home.
Furniture and electronics are one thing, but how about cleaning materials, decorations, food items, toiletries and all the bits and pieces we all need to stay comfortable and productive.
If you’re about to move into a new place, here’s an essential checklist of things to buy for a new house to help make your moving in day a breeze.
Before you start
Moving into a new home is expensive, and kitting it out with all the essentials is almost certainly going to add more to your bottom line.
Just like with the move itself, being smart and planning ahead of moving day is going to be your best way forward.
If you are on a limited budget for things to buy for a new home, do what you can to prioritize the most important items ahead of the less essential ones. For instance, soap and shampoo should probably go before napkins and decorations.
With that in mind, onto the checklist!
First things first: things you’ll need to clean.
Moving into a new place, even if it’s been professionally cleaned doesn’t quite feel right until you’ve been able to give it your own once-over.
Plus, part of any functioning household is to have these items for the long term, so you’ll need them anyway.
Here are a few things to buy that you should consider:
- Vacuum cleaner (if in the budget), broom, and dustpan
- Garbage bags for kitchen, and smaller ones for bedrooms and bathrooms
- Two sets of sponges: one for the kitchen and the other for general cleaning
- Microfiber cloths for dusting and rags for wiping
- Anti-bacterial wipes and sprays
- Multipurpose cleaning sprays for the kitchen, bathroom and glass surfaces
- Laundry detergent, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid
- Hand soap and disinfectant
- Baking soda and white vinegar
- Rubber gloves
- Paper towels for the kitchen
- Mop and bucket (if you have marble or floors with hard surfaces)
Part of the charm of moving is having a few cheeky takeaways while you settle in – but that can’t last forever.
Getting your kitchen ready from day one will make things a lot easier in the long run and will set your new home up for success.
One thing to keep in mind is that many of these essentials can be bought at discount stores and don’t need to be top-quality, such as trash bags and cleaning supplies.
When it comes to kitchen appliances such as pots and pans, they are worth paying a little more for.
Kitchen Appliances And Eating Essentials
Things you need to buy include some of the following:
- Cooking pots and pans as well as frying pans in small and large sizes
- Non-Stick Skillet
- Roasting Pan
- Rice Cooker
- Oven-safe dishing for baking
- Cutlery with knives, forks and spoons
- Glasses for drinking, beer glasses, wine glasses
- Kettle, pot and coffee maker (if in budget)
- Cooking utensils including a spatula and mixing spoons
- Garbage can and appropriate trash bags
- Appliances depend on your budget and can come later include a microwave, air-fryer, slow cooker, toaster
Kitchen Tools And Additionals
- Large knives for cutting meat, vegetables and bread
- Cutting board made of silicon, plastic or wood
- Tin opener
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Drying rack and drip tray
- Dishwasher tablets
- Kitchen foil, cling film and baking sheets
- Small bags and Tupperware for storage of food
- Oven mitts and dish towels
- Dish Soap
- Bread Bin
Just like your kitchen, your bathroom is a functional space and needs to be well-stocked to keep comfort and hygiene in top shape, especially the toilet.
Basic, but essential toiletries such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, here’s what else you’re going to need for your bathroom.
- Bath and shower towels, as well as hand towels
- Shower curtain (better to put a new one in for hygiene reasons)
- Hooks on the door for towels
- Small cup or holder for your toothbrush
- Toilet brush and plunger
- Toilet paper and wet wipes
- Small trash bin and bag
- New Shower curtain (if your shower doesn’t have this yet)
Your bedroom is your safe haven away from the world. It’s where you lay your head after a long day so it stands to reason that you’re going to want to make it completely kitted out and comfortable.
One thing to mention is your mattress: these have a huge upfront cost, but trust us, a bad one can make for some pretty uncomfortable nights so considering a new one for your bed comes recommended.
- Pillows – as comfortable as you can afford!
- Duvet and blanket for the bed
- Bedsheets for the duvet, pillows and mattress
- Hangers for the closet
- Laundry hamper
- A bedside lamp and power strips to plug in electronics and chargers
- Storage bins (assuming you have a dresser) such as plastic organizers and boxes. Planning smart storage just makes things easier to find in the long-run.
- Consider replacing your bedroom curtain if it is old
The items on this list will depend on what’s already in the new property.
Some may come with some of the larger pieces, or there may not be anything there at all.
As larger items, furniture can be expensive so you’ll certainly need to prioritize the luxury pieces from the functional ones.
Here is some furniture you should consider for your new home:
- Sofa, TV unit and coffee table for the living room
- Chairs and dining table
- Desk for a computer and chair
- Bedside tables
- Lamps and additional lighting as needed
- Curtains, rugs, mats and other home touches
- Table chairs
Like we said in our intro, it’s a rite of passage to have a bunch of takeaways when moving, but that can’t go on forever.
Having all the essentials (as well as some treats of course) right there for when you need them will be a great help when hunger strikes.
Of course, once you’ve settled in and found your local supermarket, you’ll do your own thing, but for the first few days, here are the essentials you might want to consider.
For the fridge:
- Milk, butter, cheese and eggs
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Preserves and jams
For the freezer
- Frozen pizzas (for emergencies)
- Veggie or meat patties
- Frozen fruit and veg
- Meat and/or poultry
Cupboards or pantry
- Rice and pasta
- Bread and biscuits
- Flour and sugar
- Tea and coffee
- Cereals and oats
- Lentils, quinoa and other grains
- Ketchup, mustard and other condiments
- Cooking oil and vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Canned food such as beans, tuna and your faves
- Snacks such as chips, nuts and pretzels
- Salt, pepper and cooking spices
Consider Setting Up A Home Security System
Safety is paramount and moving to a new house/location is one of the best times to consider setting up a home security system if one isn’t currently present.
There are a number of different systems to consider for your home security, which includes the following.
If you live in a big city, then a burglar alarm is one type of home security you might want to buy for a new home. A major benefit of burglar alarms is that they help prevent future break-ins.
Burglars naturally do not want to be caught, so will naturally avoid difficult break-ins that could attract attention.
By setting up your new house with this type of security system, you are making it one step harder for an intruder to break in who are more likely to move on to an easier target.
Other reasons for having a burglar alarm include:
- They help provide peace of mind when you are away from your house
- They can reduce home insurance premiums
- They can add value to your new home
- They help the police apprehend criminals
Smoke Detectors / Carbon Monoxide Detectors
One other type of security system you will need are smoke detectors. This we would consider as one of the essentials for a new house.
Smoke alarms can help save lives and so should definitely be part of your checklist of things to buy.
Not only do they play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries but they can buy you and your family valuable time to vacate as smoke spreads fast.
This along with carbon monoxide detectors both save lives, although they do so in different ways with the main difference being that monoxide detectors will alert you to any dangerous levels of carbon monoxide gas in your new house.
Next on the checklist of essentials is considering a fire extinguisher to help combat potential fires. They naturally compliment smoke detectors and can be a good idea to add to your checklist of things to buy.
Additional Extras You Might Want To Consider
Broadband / Internet
A rather obvious one and admittedly this is a first world problem, however, getting set up with wi fi will be key for a number of things such as entertainment, work and communication.
Having wi fi at your new house can provide an extra layer of communication with family members or friends, as well as help you get in touch with utility companies at your new house.
Finally having wi fi at your new home will enable you to use smart devices (if that is your sort of thing).
Be sure to schedule your internet installation at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure enough time for your service to become activated in a timely manner.
First Aid Kit
You never know when one might come in handy. Having a first aid kit ready in your new home can help prevent an injury from getting any worse and can even help save trips to a hospital or clinic in case of an accident.
Although not strictly necessary, you might find that having useful household items such as an ironing board in your new home will save you a lot of trips to the dry cleaners.
Technology And Smart Home Essentials
- Extension cords (there’s always an appliance or a lamp that might just be out of reach for your new home setup)
- Surge protectors
- Light bulbs
- Ethernet cables
- Phone Chargers
- Spare Cables
Miscellaneous Essentials For Your New Home
- Area rug
- Welcome mat
- Spare vacuum cleaner bags
- Spare trash can for other rooms
- Spare tools such as a manual screwdriver set, cordless drill could also come in handy and save money.
- Printing paper
- Spare paper towels
Final Things To Remember
Dont Forget To Update Your Address!
Before moving remember that your address is generally connected to so many aspects elements in life. This includes things such as medical records, your post, insurance policies and a whole lot more.
Due to this, you need to remember to update your address details. Our change of address checklist will help here.
Consider custom storage solutions
Chances are your space doesn’t meet your needs when it’s moving day. If that’s the case for your then you might want to consider custom home storage solutions.
This is where ZOOM can help, especially if you live in the Sydney area. We offer affordable removals storage so you can store your furniture, effects and goods safely and securely at our very own purpose built storage facility.
So there you have it – your new home checklist.
We’re sure we didn’t get everything, but most of what you see on this checklist will most certainly come in handy within your first few days and beyond so it’s a good idea to go through our entire new house checklist with care.
As mentioned, while it’s easy to look at the list and think it’s long, it’s always best to prioritize for what you need to buy for a new house – so if you feel overwhelmed or like your budget is being stretched too far, get the essentials first and move on to the luxuries later.
For some of the more expensive you and large items you may need to buy such as furniture – just remember that you’ll have them for years to come, so see them as an investment.
We wish you all the best in your new place!
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Need Professional Help?
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