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After moving out of your house and into a new one, you can end up with a to-do list longer than your arm. One major component is going shopping for new home essentials. You need to carefully consider what you are bringing with you and what gaps you need to fill without going overboard. We have a feeling that right the last thing you want to do is overspend, especially if you just bought your first home.

To help narrow your focus before you hit the shops, keep reading for our list of things to buy for a new house.

Essentials by room

You don’t have to have a fully furnished home to make it livable, but there are a few furniture essentials you’ll want to start with so that you’re comfortable. Getting the essentials now will give you more time to shop around for the rest of the furniture for your house. 

If you really want to streamline the moving process and the furniture buying process, you can always offer to buy some or all of the furniture in the home you’re buying from the sellers.

Bedroom 

  • Bed
  • Mattress
  • Bedside table
  • Table lamp
  • Dresser
  • Mirror
  • Closet storage and organization: bins, hooks, 

Dining room and kitchen

  • Dining table
  • Dining chairs or kitchen counter stools
  • Sideboard or buffet
  • Dish-drying rack
  • Utensil crock
  • Utensil drawer organizer
  • Placemats

Living room 

  • Sofa or couch
  • Lounge chairs 
  • Coffee table
  • Floor lamps
  • Table lamps
  • Media console or credenza
  • Area rug

Study or guest room

  • Desk
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk chair
  • Bed
  • Bedside table
  • Accent chair
  • Book shelves

Bathroom

  • Shower curtain
  • Shower curtain rod and hooks
  • Toilet seat
  • Plunger
  • Bath mat
  • Shelving or storage

Mudroom

  • Washing machine, dryer
  • Drying rack previous owner
  • Floor mat
  • Hamper

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Everyday household items and tools

  • Garbage cans, trash bags, and liners
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Lighter
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tool kit (hammer, wrench, Philips head, flat head, Allen wrench)
  • Flashlight 
  • Tape measure

Cleaning supplies

  • Dish detergent
  • Sponges
  • Wipes
  • Bleach
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Duster
  • Rags
  • Broom
  • Mop

Security and safety items

As exciting as it is to think about decorating a home, it’s more important to make sure your home is a safe place to live. These are a few things you’ll need to have in your new home to make it safer. 

  • Smoke detectors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Home security system
  • Surge protectors
  • Extension cord
  • Drapes or blinds
  • New door locks
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smart doorbell 
  • Security cameras
  • First aid kit

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