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What You Need For Your First Home – An Essential Checklist


While you might think that this list is aimed mostly at young people who are leaving their parents’ home for the first time, there are plenty of other reasons why someone might need this sort of checklist. If you have been living abroad for a prolonged period of time, you will likely sell or donate all of your non-essential possessions. You’ll need to restock when you set up your new home.

Similarly, maybe you have been living in a shared house with other people, and a lot of the household supplies are communal. You will need to invest in a new selection of cleaning products, tools, and hygiene accessories.

Whether this is your first home, a new place after a period abroad, or you are transitioning out of a shared house, here is our ultimate ‘new home checklist.’ We’ve included everything you need to make your new house into a home. You could even start to find ways to add value to your home.

Cleaning Products and Tools

Before you make the move into your new place, you should make sure that you have all of these items at the ready. Instead of having to move them from your current accommodation, consider ordering them online and having them delivered on the day you move in.

A high-powered hoover

You’ll need a hoover from the first day that you move in. While your home will hopefully be nice and clean before you take occupancy, you and your moving team will surely track a lot of dirt and grit in from outdoors. Some people stick with a trusted old Henry, while others opt for a state of the art Dyson. No matter what your price range, if you are open to a secondhand hoover, you can often find good deals on local resell sites, such as Gumtree.

Rags, Sponges Cloths, and Squeegees

You will need a whole host of rags, cloths, and sponges to wipe up spills, wash down the counters, and do the washing up. You can best keep your glass shower doors, patio doors, mirrors, and windows all sparkling clean with a squeegee.

Cleansers and sprays

We all have cleansers, scrubs, and sprays that we prefer to use in our home, and some people even like to make their own ‘eco-friendly’ versions. No matter what, you will need cleansers from the following categories to keep your home clean.

  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Washing up liquid
  • Oven cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Glass cleaning spray
  • Multi-purpose cleaning spray
  • Scrubbing cleanser
  • Kitchen roll
  • Floor cleaner
  • Washing powder or tabs

Broom and dustpan

While some people prefer to hoover the whole house, kitchen floors included, a broom and dustpan is good to have on hand for a quick sweep. You can really keep your home in good condition by sweeping up after preparing a meal. Do you want a handheld broom and dustpan, or a full-sized angle broom? Maybe you prefer a rubberised ‘magic’ broom that attracts pet hair and can be used on carpet?[1]

Mop and bucket

As with your broom, there are dozens of styles and options of mops on the market.[2] Some people prefer a wrung sponge mop, while others swear by the old-fashioned string mop. Still others like to use a fabric option made of jaycloth. Pair your mop with a sturdy, deep bucket, with an optional wringing attachment.

Furniture – Making your home truly your own

If you are moving into rented accommodation, there is a good chance that your new digs will come complete with some basic furniture, such as a bed, a sofa, and a table and chairs. However, you might also want to make things more comfortable and stylish right from the get-go.

You can slowly acquire the perfect pieces over time, but you will want to ensure that you have a few key pieces from the start. Even if your landlord has provided a simple sofa, consider adding a few pieces to tie the room together. What about a colour blocked area rug, a mid-century end table, and a minimalistic angel chair? Or you can go for a more romantic vibe with a Persian rug, a bookshelf packed with novels, and a tufted chair? You can really make the lounge room your own, with any style or era that you prefer.

Bathroom Accessories

Nothing is worse than moving into a new home, only to realise that you have no loo roll – or nowhere to store it! The bathroom is such an important part of day-to-day life, but sometimes we forget to plan for all of its accessories and supplies. Forgetting a shower curtain or a toilet brush can really throw you off. Here is what you need to get your bathroom up and running.

  • Shower curtain and curtain liner
  • Bathmat and mat for around toilet
  • Storage rack for under pedestal sink
  • Toilet paper and toilet paper stand
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Soap dish and liquid soap dispenser
  • Shower caddy
  • Toilet brush
  • Plunger
  • Rubbish bin

Of course, in addition to these accessories, you will also need

  • bath towels
  • hand towels
  • flannels

A good rule of thumb is to have 2-4 bath towels per person who lives in the home (depending on how often you want to do the washing), as well as a few extras for guests.[3]

Cords, Cables, Batteries, and Light Bulbs

This category wins the award for ‘most likely to be overlooked and forgotten as you move!” You might find the ideal place for your TV or a lamp, but then realise that the cord doesn’t reach the nearest plug. Or, you might set up your home computer and end up with a tangled mass of cords and wires.
There is an easy way to prevent this from happening – pack a bag of these essentials and have it at the ready. A few extra power bars/strips, extension cords, and cord organisers will make your decorating and unpacking process much smoother. If you are moving back to the UK from abroad, you might also need surge protectors, voltage converters, and plug adaptors.
To keep your remotes and smoke detectors in good working order, have extra packs of AA/AAA batteries on hand. You should also stock up on light bulbs (check all of your new sockets for the amps/styles), so that you aren’t literally left in the dark.

Storage Accessories

Once you start unpacking your boxes, a few necessities will really make themselves known. You need things like hangers, shelves, and storage bins to keep things well-organised and in good shape. This can be a chaotic time, and so being prepared with storage and organisation solutions will make things that much easier.

Hangers – Now is the time to embark on a new phase in your life – the phase where you use only high-quality, matching hangers! Before you knock the idea as unnecessary, remember that when you use matching hangers, your clothes will look better, and hang more smoothly. Consider buying a few speciality hangers, such as felted or wooden options, so that your best togs always look their best.[4]

Rubbish and Recycling Bins – You’re unpacking, and unwrapping fragile items, ripping tape, breaking down boxes – now, what are you going to do with all of it? Setting up your kitchen waste centre with shiny new rubbish and recycling bins will help to keep everything spic and span. Don’t forget small bins for the bathrooms.

Storage Bins, Baskets, and Tubs – No matter how many drawers and shelves you have in your new home, there will always be bits and bobs that simply don’t have a home. Come prepared with a series of bins, baskets, and tubs so that you can tidy your possessions, and wrangle them into organisation.

Tools and Equipment

Even if you’re not planning to take on any big home renovation projects, you should come prepared with a few simple tools. You can buy starter toolkits, or you can create your own. Here are some of the basics that you should add to your kit.

  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Picture hanging kit
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Box cutter (Stanley knife)
  • Screwdriver with a variety of heads
  • Nails and screws
  • Pliers
  • Cordless power drill
  • Radiator key

Change the locks

Finally, one of the most important things that you can do before moving into your new home is to change the locks.[5] It may seem like an unnecessary step, but the truth is that you simply don’t know who has access to keys to your home – it’s smart and simple just to change them. You can do this yourself fairly easily, but most people choose to get in touch with a trusted locksmith and have them take on the task.

Welcome to your new home sweet home

Now that you have your new home essentials in hand, you can get down to unpacking, organising, and living life in your new home. Have we missed anything from this list? Let us know in the comment section below.

You can find a great and detailed downloadable moving in checklist here.

Reference list

Into The Gloss (2019). How Many Bath Towels Do You Really Need? [online] Into The Gloss. Available at: [Accessed 27 Jan. 2020].

Mazza, E. (2019). How an $8 rubber broom from Kmart is the secret to cleaning your carpet. [online] Mail Online. Available at: [Accessed 27 Jan. 2020].

Samuel, K. (2016). The 5 Best Things to Do When You Move into Your New Home. [online] HouseLogic. Available at: [Accessed 27 Jan. 2020].

The Balance of Small Business (2019). 7 Styles of Hangers and Their Use in Retail Stores. [online] The Balance Small Business. Available at: [Accessed 27 Jan. 2020].

The Spruce (2019). Learn About 6 Different Types of Mops and Their Uses, Pros, and Cons. [online] The Spruce. Available at: [Accessed 27 Jan. 2020].



Edward Sloane

Edward is the managing director of Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs. He is an expert in quality, comfortable upholstered chairs.


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