Things You Need for a New House

Minimize trips to the store by moving these essential household items into your new home on day one.

Things You Need for a New House
Whether you buy them all up front, accept donations from friends and family, or receive some as housewarming gifts, you will need many items on the day you move into your first home. | Photo by Terje Sollie

Moving into your first house can be both exciting and stressful. It’s exciting because you get to live in a different neighborhood and experience a new kind of life. This could be an apartment with a great view or a home with that backyard you have always wanted.

If you’re dreaming about outfitting a new home before you actually own one, we get it! Imagining what you’ll do in your own place is a popular daydream topic. Rate Simple can design a comfortable home mortgage for you so you can turn your dream of ownership into reality.

So, moving day is here. It can be stressful due to the various tasks. Packing up your things and transporting them to a different location isn’t easy, even if you’ve hired a moving company. You may have opted to sell many of your belongings and will purchase new ones after you’ve move to the new location. This is a strategy that many people follow when they move to a different state or to a different country, to avoid expensive movers’ fees.

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In this guide we go through various things you need for a new house. We hope this information will help you complete the move with ease and start your new life in your new home comfortably.

1. Bedroom Items

Your bedroom is one of the important rooms in your home. After all, this is where you will spend about eight hours of every day. Every bedroom should start out with a few basic items to ensure that it is both usable and comfortable from day one.

Bed frame and bedding.

The bed is the most essential item in your bedroom. Heck, they named the room after it! For this reason, you should have a decent sleeping setup (bed, futon, convertible sofa) in the bedroom before moving into your new home This includes a bed frame, mattress, covers, pillows, and a blanket.

While some new homeowners will sleep with the box frame and mattress directly on the floor temporarily, it’s good to have a bed frame from the start. The height will be better for your back at a time when you’re lifting a lot of boxes and bending a lot at the waist all day. The space below the bed is useful storage space, so items can be unpacked and placed there immediately and not set aside, waiting for a bed frame to arrive.


No, the glare of your smartphone won’t be enough. Bedrooms need comforting lighting. The room may have ceiling or wall lights already, but these are typically too bright to use during the evening, and the switches might be across the room. A low-wattage lamp beside the bed is a classic setup.

Some people can be picky about bedside lamps, and for good reason. These items don’t just serve a function; they’re also part of the decor. Before the move, take your time and choose bedside lamps that complement the other bedroom furnishings.


If your new place lacks built-in closets, you definitely need to invest in a standing closet (wardrobe). Where else would you store your clothes? After all, no one likes having to retrieve clothes from a suitcase ever day.

When choosing a closet, you should ensure that it is large enough to accommodate the clothing you intend to store. You should also set it up in a location where it will be easy to access but won’t hurt anyone if it tips over. This could be a corner opposite the bed or up against the wall next to the bed.

2. Kitchen Items

The kitchen is your home’s powerhouse. It’s nice to start your first day in the home with all the items necessary for this space, even if you don’t intend to do much cooking in your new home. Some essential kitchen items to get are listed here.

Appliances and cooking devices.

You certainly can’t prepare anything in your kitchen without appliances. An oven is the most basic and also the most important appliance in this room. Depending on your needs, you may be satisfied with a stovetop burner for day-to-day cooking. If you intend to bake and broil, you will need to get a stovetop that includes an oven.

Next come such devices as a microwave, a coffee maker, a toaster, and a blender. If you’re planning to throw a housewarming party, refrain from buying some of the lower-priced gadgets yourself; instead, put them on your wish list.

Dishes and flatware.

Crockery and cutlery are other essential items that many people overlook before moving into a new home. You’ll appreciate having these when you eat at home, even if the food was brought to your door. Eating with plastic forks off paper plates won’t make you feel like an adult who owns a home. So purchase some tasteful crockery and cutlery for your kitchen before moving in, or choose some affordable sets for your wish list if you plan to throw a housewarming party.

Dishwashing products.

Once you’re using your new dishes and silverware, you’ll need to wash them. Stock up on dishwashing liquid, a scrubber-sponge, and kitchen towels before heading to your new home. These will come in handy right away for fast, easy wash-ups in the sink. Add detergent to the list if the new kitchen has a dishwasher.

3. Living Room Items

After the bedroom, where we spend about a third of our life, the living room is the second most important place in the home. It’s the hub for socializing, entertaining, relaxing, and . . . well, living. For this reason, you should ensure that you have the right items to make it both functional and stylish. Some vital living room items to get before moving into your home include the following.


Every living room needs enough seating to accommodate residents and visitors. At the bare minimum, your living room should have a couch on the day you move in. Once you have acquired this essential piece of furniture, you can focus on purchasing other seating, such as chairs.

Although seating is essential, you shouldn’t rush into buying chairs or sofas. The couch and chairs are a big component of your living room’s appearance, so you should choose items that fit the rest of the room and your personal style.


Most living rooms need some type of table at or near the center. Coffee tables are typically placed before the couch, and end tables go at either side. Guests in the chairs around the living room will appreciate having a small cocktail table beside them. Avoid stranding chairs around the room with no nearby surface or cupholder for a beverage.

Coffee tables come in various shapes and sizes. We recommend getting a round or oval table if you want to make the living room space comfortable to walk around. If you have an L-shaped couch in your living room, you can opt for a rectangular coffee table.

4. Bathroom Items

Your home’s bathrooms won’t be usable if you don’t acquire some items for them. This includes the following.

Hygiene and grooming products.

Laying in a supply of toilet paper on day one is a no-brainer. Then, you should stock your bathroom with bathing and grooming products as soon as you move in. This includes soap, shampoo, toothpaste, Kleenex, shaving cream, and hairstyling products. A well-stocked bathroom will ensure that you can keep up with your daily hygiene routine as you unpack the rest of the house and settle into your new home.

Towels and bathmats.

Towels and bathmats are necessary for residents who wish to dry off or use the bathroom comfortably. You can purchase a towel set and matching bath mats at just about any home furnishings store. Be sure to buy multiple sets so that you have spare towels and bathmats to use when one set is being washed.


That new toilet in your bathroom may look pristine, but just like any other toilet, it is prone to getting clogged. For this reason, you should have a plunger on hand.

5. Cleaning Supplies

Your new house looks immaculate right now, but it won’t stay that way. Now that you have all the essential furniture items for your home, you should think about stocking up on cleaning supplies. After all, homes can get dirty very quickly, and you will need to clean yours regularly if you don’t intend to hire a cleaner.

Some essential cleaning items you will need are listed below.

Garbage can.

You and the other residents of the home will generate waste as you go about your day-to-day activities. This includes food scraps and empty wrappers. Such trash must be disposed of properly or else you could invite unwanted guests (ants, roaches) into the house. At a minimum, buy two trash cans for the kitchen (regular trash, recycling) and small wastebaskets for the bathrooms. Anywhere there’s a desk (a bedroom, a den, an alcove), stash a small trash can under it.

Some people opt to use plastic bags as makeshift garbage cans before purchasing the actual thing. This strategy may be useful for a day or two, but it’s best to invest in the real thing if you intend to have company over.

Vacuum cleaner.

A vacuum cleaner is an essential cleaning tool for sucking up dirt and dust that accumulates in your home. This tool is especially important if you have carpets and rugs, but it is also useful for cleaning bare floors. Various attachments let you vacuum windowsills, doorframes, upholstery, and more. Vacuums aren’t just for carpet.

Cleaning wipes, paper towels.

Wipes are useful all around the home, whether to clean up food crumbs in the kitchen or drink spills in the living room. There are many brands of cleaning wipes, so pick yours by price or scent. Consider placing a canister of wipes in every bathroom, where they serve dual duty as a paper towel and a surface cleaning liquid.

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