November 27, 2022


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Home Essentials Checklist: What to Buy Before Moving In

Moving into a new home or apartment means you have a lot on your mind. You’ll have to purchase shower curtains, trash cans, light fixtures, and so much more. Make your move easier by utilizing this list to ensure you don’t forget any of the essentials! Creative solutions like using a magnetic screen for doors will help you focus on the heavy lifting and give you a stress-free moving day. 


You’ll need a well-stocked toolbox for mounting your tv, hanging art, installing curtains, and other DIY projects in your new home. Essentials tools for your next move include: 

  • Hammer
  • Scissors 
  • Screwdriver
  • Electric Drill 
  • Allen Wrench 
  • Level 
  • Tape measure
  • Stud Finder 
  • Step Ladder 
  • Tape Measure 
  • Command Strips 
  • Anchors
  • Screws, nails, nuts, and bolts 
  • Boxcutter
  • Touch-up Paint and paintbrush 
  • Putty knife and spackle 

Cleaning Products 

Bring cleaning products to your new home before cleaning day and clean out closets, cabinets, and other difficult-to-reach nooks and crannies. Ensure the bathroom and kitchen are scrubbed down and move-in ready. 

  • Glass cleaner 
  • Floor cleaner 
  • Sanitizing wipes or spray 
  • Toilet bowl cleaner 
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges 
  • Rubber gloves
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop 
  • Vacuum 
  • Air freshener 
  • Duster 

Bathroom Essentials 

Even before you live in your new home full time, you’ll make many trips back and forth to prep it for move-in day. Stock your bathroom early to ensure you can use the restroom and wash your hands while you paint or organize your space. 

  • Soap and soap dispenser 
  • Hand Towels 
  • Bath towels 
  • Shower curtain and Rod 
  • Bath mat 
  • Shower caddy to keep soaps, shampoos, and shaving accouterments organized
  • Toilet brush 
  • Plunger 

Kitchen Essentials 

Check all your appliances before move-in day and ensure they are working efficiently. 

  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Stove and oven 
  • Microwave
  • Sink 
  • Dishwasher

Once you know all your appliances are up to snuff, set your kitchen up for success to make it easy to cook a meal, even on your first night in your new home. 

  • Pots and pans
  • Baking dishes 
  • Spoons and spatulas 
  • Cutlery 
  • Dishes: plates, bowls, and glasses 
  • Cabinet and drawer liners 
  • Tupperware 
  • Spice rack 
  • Trashcan 
  • Dish soap and soap dispenser 
  • Dishwasher fluid 

Internet Modem/Router

Research internet providers in your area to see if you can transfer internet from your previous house or apartment to your new home. If you are setting up internet for the first time, purchase a modem and router.  Schedule internet service at least a week in advance, so it’s up and running by move-in day.  

Magnetic Screen for Doors

Make it easy to walk in and out of your home on move-in day by installing a magnetic screen door for hands-free entry and exit. Now you can easily carry heavy furniture into your new home without worrying about bugs following you inside. 

Not only will installing a magnetic screen for doors make move-in day more manageable, but it will help you save on your energy bill by creating a delicious cross breeze throughout your home. These screens immediately improve the functionality of your home and make accessing your backyard easier than ever.     

Light Fixtures 

Consider which rooms may need additional lights. If you plan to install recessed or track lighting, schedule a meeting with an electrician before moving in. You don’t want to be unpacking in the dark. 

  • Floor lamps
  • Table lamps 
  • Closet lights 
  • Smart lighting 
  • Light switches and dimmers
  • Extra lightbulbs 

Storage Solutions 

You’ll want to organize miscellaneous items and clothing in your closets once you move in. Prep your closets for move-in day with creative storage solutions to maximize space. Install shelving and add bins, hangars, and hooks to avoid closets becoming immediately cluttered. 

  • Storage bins 
  • Hangars
  • Command hooks 
  • Dowels or rods 
  • Shelves

New Locks and Keys 

Don’t forget to change out your locks before move-in day. 

  • Front and backdoor lock 
  • Key
  • Spare key 
  • Hide-a-key (just in case you lock yourself out)


A house won’t feel like a home until you fill it with furniture! Bring pieces you love from your previous home and invest in new items to fill a larger space. 

  • Bed
  • Dresser
  • Nightstand
  • Couch 
  • Comfy Chair
  • Coffee table
  • Dining Table and chairs  
  • Area rug 

Yard Equipment 

If you’ve bought a house for the first time, you’ll need to invest in quality yard equipment to care for your garden and lawn. 

  • Garden hose and attachments
  • Lawnmower 
  • Sprinkler
  • Rake 
  • Gardening tools 
  • Snowblower 
  • Shovel 
  • Pruners 

Enjoy your backyard even more by adding the following:

  • Patio furniture 
  • Grill 
  • Fire pit 
  • Lawn games 

Use your new space to decide what is essential for you. Don’t put pressure on yourself to have everything done in one day. Settling into a new home takes time. Move small items early. Once it comes time to move the furniture over, you’ll be organized and prepared to start living in your new space.