Be move-in ready: Things to buy for your home before you move in

Family in their new home

If you are moving out for the first time, you are likely moving from a single room and now have to furnish an entire house. Larger pieces of furniture such as a bedroom and living room furniture are expected expenses, but there are many smaller items required that might be overlooked. Avoid multiple trips to the store by making sure you’ve got the following before moving day:


  • Cookware – pots, pans, oven mitts
  • Baking items - baking sheets, measuring cups and spoons
  • Cutlery and a knife set
  • Kitchen towels, dish cloths and over mitts
  • Freezer bags and storage containers


Aside from bedroom furniture, don’t forget to include the following on your list of purchases:

  • Hangers
  • A laundry basket or bag
  • Lamps


  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Floor mat, shower curtain and rings
  • Plunger
Cleaning Supplies
  • Multipurpose cleaners, detergents and brushes
  • Broom and bucket, mop and pail
  • Vacuum

Outdoor Supplies

  • Summer maintenance - lawn mower and weed-whacker
  • Winter maintenance – Snow shovel and salt or sand for your driveway
  • Gardening supplies - shovels, trowel, rake and garden hose

Other Home Supplies

  • Basic tool kit with screw drivers, hammer, wrench, nails, screws, and hooks
  • First aid supplies - bandages, tensor wraps, antibiotic ointment, and blister pads
  • A variety of batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flash light
  • Tape

TIP: Make your move a bit more budget-friendly by checking out thrift stores for kitchen supplies, tools and furniture. Just make sure to test electronics before purchasing to ensure they work.

Moving can be a stressful process, but by following this check list you will have the necessities at home before you need them, saving you from making multiple last-minute trips to the store.