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The Ultimate Move In Shopping List for your New Home

09 Sep 2021

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Congratulations, you’re moving into one of Residential Building WA’s new homes! It’s an exciting event. However, the whole process can be pretty stressful and that is why we have put together a ‘move-in’ shopping list for you!

If you’re moving into your new home, an in-depth shopping list of home essentials helps reduce the stress of settling into a new house. You’ll also need to get rid of a few things when you’re moving because they might be unsafe to move, perishable, or you might use up these items.

It would also help if you took it as an opportunity to declutter and get rid of some old, unused things. Whether it’s expired food and medication or unused items, you’ll need to throw these away to declutter your new home.

Since you’ll free up space by decluttering and purging after moving, you might feel the need to do some shopping. There’s also room to shop now, too!

Here’s an in-depth list of home essentials that you’ll need for your new home. You might want to buy home decor and other items, but this list highlights the important things your brand new home needs.

The Ultimate New Home Shopping List

General Necessities

  • Light Bulbs
  • Flashlight
  • Extension cord
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Aspirin and acetaminophen
  • Paper Towels
General Necessities

While you might already have these items in your old home, you might need to stock up on general necessities in your new home. Your light bulbs might break in transit (but it’s unlikely if you have outsourced packing), or your batteries might expire.

Although you may hope you won’t need to use it, first-aid kits always come in handy for accidents. Paper towels are helpful in cleaning up when moving in, too.

Kitchen Essentials

  • Paper Plates
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Styrofoam or Plastic Cups
  • Bottled Water
  • Canned Goods
  • Can Opener
  • Insulated disposable cups
  • Coffee
  • Coffee Filters
  • Teabags
  • Bread
  • Snacks
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat
  • Champagne

For new homes, kitchen shopping lists are probably the most common kind of list. Of course, you need to eat!

However, the best option would be to consider purchasing disposable plates, cups, and cutlery along with replenishing your stock of perishable items. Why?

Most of the time, it might take a few days for your new kitchen to be thoroughly cleaned and stocked with your daily items. That’s why you should buy disposable items. It can help to prevent you from resorting to a week’s worth of takeout food.

If you’re wondering why champagne’s on the list, it’s because every new homeowner should have this. Overcoming the moving process should be celebrated! Although, if you have kids, you can switch the champagne with a non-alcoholic bubbly drink.

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Bathroom Goods & Toiletries

  • Bath soap and hand soap
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Shaving cream and Razors
  • Toilet paper
  • Plunger

It’s tough to live without essential bathroom goods and toiletries. Instead of frantically searching every single box for your toothbrush and other bathroom necessities, buy them from a nearby store. Besides, it’s always best to stock up on your bathroom supplies.

Kids’ Needs

  • Nappies
  • Formula or baby food
  • Baby cream
  • Toys
  • Nightlights

Moving into your new home is entirely stressful. That’s why you should keep your kids clean, fed, safe, and occupied to maintain your happiness. If your child has nighttime jitters, a nightlight can help him feel calm. Don’t forget, the items mentioned above are must-haves!

Pets’ Needs

  • Pet food
  • Food and water bowls
  • Litterbox
  • Litter
  • Waste bags
  • Leash and collar
  • New tag
  • Bedding
  • Carrier

For your furry friends, moving can be pretty challenging. Since they’re in a new environment, they might run away or get lost. It’s best to update their id tags or microchips when you move to a new place. 

If your pets ever get lost or run away, their ID tags or microchips can help the person who finds them return them to safety. You can also prevent your pets from rushing out the door of your new home by placing them in comfortable carriers or kennels.

Since doors are mostly open when you’re moving new things into your home, a pet carrier or kennel can keep your pets in place. Don’t forget to let them out for play breaks or potty breaks.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Trash Bags
  • Sponges
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Wood cleaner
  • Dish soap

Even if you’re moving into a new house, it still might get dirty from all the activities on move-in day. That’s why you should stock up on different cleaning supplies for all types of surfaces and other types of dirt.

Your new home should be clean before you unpack your things. That way, your belongings can be as fresh as your new home.

Household Tools

  • Notepad
  • Pen or marker
  • Scissors
  • Stanley Knife
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Pliers
  • Nails
  • Level
  • Tape measure

Seeing the lengthy list, you might be curious. Why should I buy all of these items to move into a new home? Well, it’s because moving into a new home requires some basic handiwork. 

Whether it’s putting new furniture together, or hanging up your favorite pictures and artwork, or opening all the tightly-sealed boxes that the moving company packed, having the essential tools on hand will be a big help.

As for the pen and paper, you’ll need them to write down important details or jot down some reminders. If you’re feeling a bit bored, you can even use the pen and paper to play charades!