You're getting ready to move into your new home or apartment, and you're excited. Congratulations. Now, you need to make sure you have all the essential household items to spruce up your new home, and get it ready for you to live comfortably in.
As the weeks or months move forward, you'll find there will be other items you'll need. But for now, begin by buying:
This is important. You don't know what the previous homeowners or tenants did with their keys. They could have made copies or have given the neighbors a copy. And, the last thing you want is to make your new home or apartment easily accessible to strangers. So, the first thing you'll want to do once you move in is to replace all the locks. A smart lock is a great choice.
As a homeowner, you need to protect your home, family and pets. Installing security cameras around the outside of your home can give you that extra protection and peace of mind.
Next, it's time to fill your kitchen. Unless you plan on going out to eat or getting take out every night, which can get expensive, you'll need some basic kitchenware, and, of course, a table to sit and eat at. Some kitchenware to consider is:
What appliances do you need for a new house? Some small appliances to consider:
Obviously, you'll also need a stove and refrigerator (if they don't already come with the apartment). Generally, you'll always need to buy your own appliances when buying a new home. A dishwasher is another suggestion if you don't want to hand wash your dishes. If you’re moving into a home, you’ll want a washer and dryer if the house isn’t sold furnished with one. Same with an apartment or condo if the building doesn’t supply a laundry room equipped with washers and dryers.
While you might not be a television fan, you'll still want a place to sit down and put your feet up. Living room furniture must-haves are a comfortable couch, recliner, loveseat, coffee table, end tables, and possibly an entertainment stand to place your television and pictures on. If you're on a budget, a great place to shop for furniture is at a thrift shop.
Standard furniture for the bedrooms is dressers, nightstands, and beds. Don't forget to invest in a high-quality mattress. After a long day moving, you'll want a cozy bed and mattress to lie down on after all of your hard work. Therefore, a mattress should be one of the first items you buy, and consider a natural latex mattress for its many benefits, including being non-toxic. Don't forget pillows, bedding, and perhaps a mattress topper.
Home lighting is often overlooked, but it can define a room. If your rooms in your home don't get enough natural daylight, you may want to consider additional lighting to brighten your rooms up. A few table lamps can help make your rooms cozy at night and/or possibly recessed lighting in the ceiling.
You certainly don't want people to see inside your home when you're walking around in your pajamas, so you'll want to invest in some drapes or blinds to cover your windows. Of course, you may want to leave your blinds or drapes open during the day to allow the natural sunlight to fill your rooms, but nighttime is a different story.
No doubt you'll want to keep your new apartment or home clean. Some cleaning supplies you don't want to be without are:
You can wait until later to buy things like furniture polish, a fancy vacuum, and a microfiber sweeper.
Along with your basic toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, shampoo, deodorant, etc.), you'll also want a few items to keep your bathroom functional and organized such as:
Items you may want to buy later on are water cup, shower speaker, fancy soap dispenser and extra storage.
While you really need everything on this list, the next three items are super important, and most landlords will provide them. If not, you can either request them from the landlord or go out and buy them yourself.
You need to replace the smoke alarms at least every 10 years. You should install a smoke alarm on each level of the apartment, and place them in or next to bedrooms, so you can hear them when you're sleeping.
You'll also want to ensure there are up-to-date fire extinguishers in your apartment. Place them near places where there's a higher probability of fire, such as in the kitchen, garage, and laundry room.
Carbon monoxide can kill you, and is undetectable without a detector. Therefore, a carbon monoxide detector is an essential home safety device to have in your apartment. You'll want to place these in your kitchen, near your bedrooms, and in your basement (if there is one).
Unfortunately, accidents and illness occur. You could cut a finger, trip down the stairs, get stung by a bee, or become sick with a cold or flu. So, you'll want to ensure you have a first-aid kit in your home. Some items in the kit should include:
You’ll likely want to hang photos or artwork on the wall, so you need a supply of wall hooks, nails, and a hammer. You might need to make some minor repairs, so having a toolbox with wrenches, screwdrivers, and other essentials will come in handy.
Be sure to have a measuring tape to help with placing furniture and hanging pictures. A few flashlights are necessities in every household. Consider buying a rechargeable flashlight in addition to ones that are battery-operated.
Be sure to have some power strips and extensions cords on hand.
Storage containers and bins are essential in every home to keep your belongings and necessities organized. Purchase various sizes, so you can tuck some away in closets and cupboards, and use bigger tubs for your attic, basement, and garage. Be sure to purchase a few under-the-bed storage containers, which are great for storing extra linens, off-season clothing, and shoes.
If you’re moving into a house, you’ll likely need a few outdoor items, including a:
So, now you have a simple first home or apartment checklist. While these are obviously not going to be the only household items you'll need for your new home or apartment, they can get you started. Save this list, and use it to help you to begin furnishing your new home or apartment.