Moving is one of the most stressful things you’ll do in your life, so it’s easy to overlook important home necessities during the process.
But that can make life in your new home difficult, especially as you’re waiting for the movers to show up with the rest of your belongings. We’ve put together this guide to help you pack all the new home essentials you’ll need when you move.
So let’s get started!
1. Cleaning Supplies
You shouldn’t assume the home you’re moving into is clean—even if you buy it brand new. Make sure you bring enough cleaning supplies with you to give everything a good “freshening up” before the rest of your belongings show up with the movers.
A few of the things you should clean first include:
- The bathtub and shower
- The toilets
- The kitchen and bathroom sinks
- Carpets and hardwood flooring
This will help remove any dust or dirt left behind by the previous owners (or the construction team if it’s a new home).
If you’re keeping the carpeting, ensure you at least use a strong suction vacuum to go over the carpet. It’s ideal to have them professionally cleaned if the prior owner did not.
If you need to find out more about carpet cleaning solutions, have a look at Dan Dan the Carpet Man’s website.
2. A Shower Curtain
Your new home comes with a bathtub, a shower, a toilet, a sink—it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking your new bathroom already has everything you need. But if you forget to bring a shower curtain, you’ll end up making a mess of your bathroom every time you need to wash your hair.
Instead of trying to transport your old shower curtain, it’s easier to spend a few bucks on a new one. This will take up less space in your luggage, and it’s nice to start off life in your new home with a clean shower curtain.
3. Trash Bins and Trash Bags
As you’re settling into your new home, you’ll likely accumulate a lot of trash. After all, you’ll have to put all those used packaging materials somewhere when you’re done with them.
Bring enough trash bins so you can have one in your kitchen and every bathroom. And don’t forget about trash bags either!
Throwing all your waste straight into the bin will create a sticky, stinky mess. You’ll either have to spend a lot of time washing your trash bins later or buy new ones after a few weeks.
4. A Pack of Batteries
Just because your home is new doesn’t mean all the appliances are working. You may need to replace the batteries in things like smoke alarms or the thermostat.
It’s a good idea to buy at least one pack of AA batteries, but you might want to have a few other types of common batteries with you as well. This will ensure you can get everything you need in your new home working as soon as you get there.
5. Basic Dishes and Kitchen Supplies
You might arrive at your new home a few days before the rest of your belongings, but it doesn’t make sense to attempt to move all your kitchen supplies yourself. You should let the movers, such as Grunts Moving Company, take care of most of your dishes and cooking supplies.
That said, you still have to eat while you wait for the movers to arrive.
Make sure you have a few basic kitchen supplies with you in your new home. This might be as simple as a few paper dishes and a roll of paper towels.
It’s also a good idea to have a can opener on hand. Since you won’t have all your pots and pans, you might be eating out of cans for a few days. If you don’t have a can opener, making dinner can turn into quite the challenge.
6. Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Pack at least one toothbrush and tube of toothpaste. While you may only be without your belongings for a few days, not brushing during this time can do serious damage to your teeth.
7. A New Lock for the Front Door
If someone else lived in your home before you, they may still have the key to the front door. It’s a good idea to change the locks on your home as soon as you can. This will ensure you and your family (and your things) stay safe from potential intruders.
8. Lightbulbs and Floor Lamps
Some older homes don’t have light fixtures installed on the ceiling in the living room or the bedrooms. Because of this, you should bring along a few floor lamps unless you want to be living in darkness.
Go through your house and test all the lights to make sure they work. If they don’t you should buy a few lightbulbs to replace the dead ones.
While it might not make sense to travel with extra lightbulbs, you should at least know where you can buy some near your home.
9. Phone Chargers, Extension Cords, Outlet Adaptors, Etc.
Don’t forget to pack your phone chargers and a few extension cords. You may need extension cords to plug in necessary appliances, so it will be a pain if you aren’t prepared.
Again, some homes (usually older homes) only have two-prong outlets. Most electronics these days require three-prong outlets, so you may need to have some outlet adaptors.
10. Clothing and Bedding
You should have enough clothing to get you through a few days and make sure you bring along some pillows, blankets, sheets, and any other bedding you’ll need. This will ensure you stay as comfortable as possible while waiting for the movers.
New Home Essentials You Shouldn’t Forget When You Move
It’s easy to forget these new home essentials during your home. Take some time to go through your luggage and make sure you have everything you’ll need before you make the drive to your new home.
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