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Moving into a new house comes with a lot of things to think about. The biggest part is making sure you have every one of the house hold items that you need (aka: household essentials). This new house checklist covers everything. From the home essentials, to a list of house items that you may forget or not think about in the middle of planning all of your larger items.

This checklist for your new house is the perfect free printable for you to grab and start getting things ready for your money. Without delay here is our free new house checklist essentials and everything else. Best of all you can take this checklist of things to buy for your new house and we will link to the Amazon Prime top rated item in that category so you can save time in getting what you need.

Let’s dive in to these house essentials, shall we!


Moving Day Essentials

So you might be panicked about moving day, and that’s normal. Make sure you have your boxes and to help you with the day we’ve included a moving day essentials checklist.

If you want to download the new house checklist we offer it as a free printable.  You can get it by clicking here and entering your email.

Moving Day First Must Do’s

The day you move in, you’ll be getting the keys to the new home, and a bunch of little things will need to happen. None of them are overwhelming on their own, but when you stack them and add on moving, it can feel like a lot.

Here are your action items for when you walk in. Some of these won’t be needed if you are moving into an apartment for the first time, but it’s still good to know.

  • Go to the real estate attorney and get the keys
  • Make sure everything that was supposed to be left as per the purchase agreement is still there (sometimes people “forget” or swap out things)
  • Change locks
  • Paint (if needed, this is easier to do before your stuff is in there)
  • Clean kitchen, including cupboards and fridge
  • Take meter readings
  • Make sure your house insurance is kept somewhere safe (like in a fireproof safe)
  • Change over alarm code and billing
  • Change over utilities
  • Change address for all billing (this is where online bills can make it easier, personally I still like to get the paper bill for my budgeting system)


New House Kitchen Essentials

Your kitchen is going to need a lot of stuff. Honestly it’s the biggest thing you will get set up in your new house. Here is a list of kitchen essentials for new home, some of these kitchen items we have broken down to give you a better idea of what you need now and what you may be able to go without for a while.

Eating Essentials

You are going to need something to eat pretty soon when you move in (of course some plastic plates for your friends on moving day will do just fine). But the rest of your days will need something more standard and durable. To make it easier we have done a search on Amazon for each of these items and linked to the highest star rating (based on the time we did this).

  • Plates
  • Eating Utensils
  • Steak knives
  • Drawer organizer for utensils (we love this adjustable one)
  • Coffee mugs
  • Bowls (best to buy in a set all at once plates and bowls, we went with Ikea)
  • Glasses
  • Wine glasses
  • Food trays or a serving platter

Rather than buy separate dinnerware this set of 4 is super affordable and comes in several colors.

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This plate set is the perfect addition to your household items

Cooking Essentials

Now that you have a place to eat you are going to need some cooking essentials for your new place. These ones are the items we use every. single. day. Make sure you have these on your moving in list or you will be making several extra trips to the store.

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rolling pin
  • Wisk
  • Tongs
  • Spatula (this one is a game changer spatula, yes there is such a thing)
  • Bottle opener (you’ll want to know where this is on moving day… trust me)
  • Collander
  • Corning ware
  • Bowls for mixing salad and other things

Overwhelmed? Don’t be. 🙂 This cooking essentials set has many of the kitchen household items you need and is an Amazon Choice, plus if you have Amazon Prime you get two day free shipping. Check it out here. 

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Kitchen Tools

If cooking isn’t your thing yet (because it wasn’t mine when we first moved in), it’s likely you don’t have the right tools for the job. Here are the must have kitchen tools for any new kitchen (the rest you can get as you go along).

  • Pots and pans
  • Cutting knives (with optional block)
  • Cutting board (you have two choices IMO, cheap ones that you just replace whenever they get cut up, or a wood one that is more long lasting)
  • Baking sheets
  • Pizza pan or pizza stone
  • Sealable containers (we use these ziplock ones, and buy them when they are on sale)
  • Parchment paper (this is great for baking things in the oven, saves scrubbing pans afterwards!)
  • Tin foil
  • Drying rack and drip tray
  • Scrubber
  • Can opener
  • Meat thermometer
  • Salad spinner (or you can just use towels to pat dry)
  • Turkey baster

( Buying option: if this is your first set and you are ok with a starter set of utensils this package is what we bought and still use a good portion of these)

This 10 piece non stick bakeware set ,checks a lot of boxes for anyone just moving into their first home. You can get it here on Amazon and it has higher than 4 stars! See the details here.


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Kitchen Appliances

There are some of these you will want right away, and some of them you will need. Take a look at the list and get what you need and go from there.

  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Toaster (we use the ones that are big enough for bagels, the first one we got wasn’t and we ended up having to cut our bagels into thirds, not a great morning experience).
  • Microwave
  • Keurig or Coffee Maker
  • Blender (after going through 5 different blenders making smoothies, we sprung for a Blendtec and never looked back)
  • Kettle (I love this programmable one, perfect if you are a tea snob like me)
  • Griddle (this is great for pancakes, bacon, and a bunch of other things, we got ours for under $20 and it’s well worth it)
  • Instant Pot
  • Rice cooker
  • Juicer
  • Panini Press (totally optional, but so worth it!)



I’ve been watching Masterclass and the top chefs use the same basic ingredients. I’ve included them here for you.  The first 3 are the basis for many great tasting foods.

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

You can get all of these and more in a spice rack set, like this one here. It’s the one we got and had a bunch of different spices to try out. Plus we really liked the look of it.

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Other Kitchen Supply Items for New Home

These are the things you are going to find yourself needing on a daily or weekly basis. It’s best to have them when you move in. If you want everything you need for your kitchen, make sure to get our kitchen essentials checklist, it has over 250 things to buy for your kitchen including food and pantry staples.

  • Cling film
  • Ziploc bags
  • Chip clips
  • Napkins
  • Paper towel
  • Dish towels
  • Dish soap
  • Dish rags
  • Sponge (fun fact, I’m totally creeped out by the way sponges feel, so I don’t touch them)
  • Cleaning gloves
  • Kitchen fridge magnets
  • White board
  • Ice cube tray
    meal planning sheets
  • Standing Mat (this will change your life in the kitchen!)
  • Oven mits
  • Cooling wire
  • Cooling mat
  • Stepping stool (for those things that are waaayyyy too far back on the top shelf)
  • Reusable straws (because someone is bound to ask for one)


Kitchen Cleaning Necessities

Your moving day will involve cleaning the kitchen. It’s empty and it’s great for you to give it a blast to get a nice clean and fresh start.

  • Lining paper (goes in the bottom of drawers)
  • Garbage can
  • Garbage bags
  • Recycling Bags
  • Broom
  • Duster
  • Magic Eraser
  • Vacuum



Depending on how many bedrooms you want you may need to do these items several times. Here is the bedroom section of our furnishing a new home checklist.

  • Bed frame
  • Mattress
  • Pillows
  • Sheet set
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Decorative pillows
  • Blanket or Duvet
  • Night stands
  • Curtain rods and curtains
  • Full length mirror
  • Dresser
  • Laundry bin, bag or hamper
  • Alarm clock
  • Under the bed storage bins

Bedroom Closets

Depending on hat your house looks like you may need several things for your closet or just hangers. It all depends. When we moved in there was just the one bar in the closet so we got some closet organizers to give us some space. Here are some household storage items you may need in your new house.

  • Storage bins
  • Hangers
  • Full length mirror (or if you want you can swap out the solid doors with mirrored sliding doors)
  • Closet organizer
  • Shoe rack
  • Cute storage bins
  • Jewelry organizer


Technology & Smart Home Essentials

When we moved in to our first home we upgraded the lightbulbs from the thing ones to the thicker ones, and swapped out the lightbulbs for LEDs. Now we have the option of making things more smart home based.

See if any of these smart changes are needed before you move in. For instance, if you are moving and it’s cold, you want to make sure the new smart thermostat is working. These aren’t likely necessities when moving into a new apartment. But an Alexa Dot is good for no matter where you live 😉



That spare bedroom is likely to become your home office for now. How far you take it is entirely up to you. As someone who has worked from home, these are all must haves. Of course it depends on what you need in your

  • Desk
  • Computer
  • Office Chair
  • Surge protector
  • Monitor
  • Mouse
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Paper organizer
  • File cabinet
  • Shredder
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Post its (this all in one set is all you need ever)
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • White board(s) and markers
  • Dry eraser
  • Inspirational quote art

Dining Room

  • Dining room table
  • Dining room chairs
  • Table Cloth
  • Table mats
  • Table runner
  • Candle holders and candles
  • Chair felts (prevents the hardwoods from scratching)


Living Room

Living Room Entertainment

This should have been at the start of your new house checklist, I mean your entertainment set up is huge. Here are the basics (FYI, I had to hold back on this)

  • Television (this one has over 3000 ratings and gets over 4 stars)
  • Sound system (we use this Sonos with built in Alexa, we like Sonos because you can gradually add on and stream music through the house or each one individually which is great)
  • Streaming box (we use Apple Tv for most things, but depending on your eco-system there is also Fire, Sling TV, and a bunch of other options)
  • TV Mount or cabinet
  • Video game system

Living Room Furniture

  • Lamps (fun fact, older houses don’t have lights in the ceiling so if that’s your new house, having some lamps in the living room might be your only option)
  • Coffee table
  • Chairs
  • Sofa or sectional
  • Sofa table
  • End tables
  • Stools
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Area rug (get this underlay to stop if from moving around)
  • Decorative items
  • Pillows
  • Throws or blankets
  • Chair felts (prevents the hardwoods from scratching


Depending on how many bathrooms you have you may need to get these in multiples. Or you can just use get them for the one and leave the other bathroom to be upgraded whenever.

  • Shower rod
  • Shower hooks
  • Shower curtain
  • Shower mat
  • New shower head(now is the time to swap it out for a low flow one, or something a little newer)
  • Shower caddy with soap and shampoo
  • Bathtub plug
  • Sink plug
  • Garbage can
  • Plunger (check out the best toilet plungers here)
  • Drain snake (these little ones have been amazing and they are easy to store)
  • Toilet seat (I would put this at the top of the new house checklist, nuff said)
  • Toiler paper
  • Toilet brush (if you move in and there is black toilet mold, read this)
  • Tissues
  • Towels (it’s always good to have an extra set, whether it’s because you are doing laundry or you have unexpected guests stay the night)
  • Hand towels
  • Facecloths
  • Smart scale (this one was a must for me, but you may not need to include in on your new home checklist)
  • Bonus item waterproof shower speaker (changed my mornings around)

Cleaning Supplies (Must haves on My Household items checklist)

You’re going to be cleaning right away when you walk in the door of your first home. Make sure you have these home essentials for cleaning your new place. You will be happy to have them.

  • Mr Clean
  • Scrubbing bubbles
  • Swiffer duster
  • Swiffer sweeper
  • Lysol disinfectant wipes
  • Vacuum
  • Hand held vacuum (for when your regular vacuum just won’t reach or cleaning your car)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mop
  • Roomba (or other automated vacuum (ok i just really dig smart tech))
  • Broom
  • Cupboard liners
  • Swiffer or duster
  • Rags
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Windex


Essential Homeowner Tools ( A key part of the new house checklist)

A home owners tool kit usually grows the longer you are a home owner. I know when I moved in I thought “I’m not going to need anything. within the first minute my father-in-law asked me “Where is your screwdriver set?”


Of course I gave him a blank stare, raced to Home Depot and bought a set. Any good list of household items needed for new home should have tools included. Because you need them right away.

Don’t get caught without your tools on moving day. You will use all of these things, possibly the second you walk through the door.

  • Cordless drill (by your 2 piece of furniture this will be your favorite thing ever!)
  • Screwdriver set (my big miss, don’t let it be yours on your new house checklist)
  • Studfinder (must…resist…corny…. jokes…)
  • Hammer
  • Hanging Nails
  • Wall screws (you will need these to hang items that aren’t on a stud, they are worth it!)
  • Flashlight (we get these that just stay plugged into the wall, when the power goes off they light up)
  • Batteries (you can get these from Amazon Essentials, IMO get the rechargeable ones)
  • Matches and Candles
  • Duct tape (for fixing everything 😉
  • Wd-40
  • Set of small screwdrivers (i use these for a lot of things I never thought possible)
  • Level (unless you want to spend hours debating if every picture is straight)
  • Tape measure


Entrance Way Essentials (last check on your house hold essentials)

Your entry way may get forgotten quickly which is why we include it in our household essentials list. Many of us come in through the back door or side door. But new people will come to the front so it’s nice to have a few house hold essentials to help give that warm and welcoming first impressions.

  • Welcome mat
  • Shoe tray
  • Shoe horn
  • Place to sit
  • Hangers
  • Coat rack


Final Thoughts on the Complete List of New Home Essentials

There you have it! The complete check list for moving to a new house. We covered all of the things to buy for a new house checklist.  Most of all, moving day is full of excitement. Take pictures of the day. Enjoy the process. Your new place will be where you make so many new memories and it’s a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. Click here to get your free printable new house essentials checklist.

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