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New home essentials: A room by room checklist

Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ and into your first home, or moving from your current home to a new one, preparing for a new chapter in your life is an exciting time. Whilst there’s a lot to look forward to, there’s also a lot to do. And there seems to be an ever-growing list of things to buy for a new house.

New home checklist

We’ve put together this list of new home essentials to help you plan furnishing your new property.


Moving into first house checklist

Let’s start with one of the most important rooms in the house.


Kitchen essentials


Coffee and tea

Plates, mugs and cutlery

White goods
E.g. fridge, freezer, oven, washing machine, dishwasher.

Cooking equipment
Things like frying pans, saucepans, oven dishes, sieves, baking trays and chopping boards.

Kitchen utensils
Some things to think about are: spoons, knives and spatulas, measuring jugs, cheese graters, baking tools, tin/bottle openers, scissors and egg timers.

Countertop equipment
Things like microwaves, mixers, toasters, drying racks, slow cookers, grills and blenders.

Cleaning supplies
Things like fairy liquid, washing up sponges, scouring pads, kitchen roll/reusable cloths, surface sprays and washing detergent.

Tea towels and oven gloves



Living room essentials

Something to sit on
A sofa set is a big investment and it may be some time before a) you find one you love and b) you can get it delivered. If you don’t have your sofa to start with, pick up some comfy camping chairs so you have temporary seating – you can get these in shops on the high street for pretty cheap. You can also migrate these to the garden once you upgrade to sofas!

Coffee table



TV stand or bracket

TV cable

Extension leads


Bedroom essentials

Bed and mattress

Duvet, sheets and pillows


Bedside tables

Bedside lamps




Bathroom essentials



Bath mat

Toilet roll and holder

Storage for your toiletries

Shower curtain

Cleaning products

Other new house essentials

As well as room by room home essentials, there are a few items that will either float around your house, live in hallways/cupboards under the stairs or in your inbox! Adding to our ‘furnishing a home checklist’, here are some other things to consider.


Home safety essentials


Getting insurance is usually one of the most important things to plan when you have your own home. It helps you sleep easy knowing that your home is protected against things like fire, theft and flood. There are a few different types of home insurance. If you’re a homeowner, you’ll probably need home and contents insurance, whereas if you’re renting your property, you may only need contents insurance.

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First aid kit

Fire extinguisher

Smoke alarm

Carbon monoxide alarm


Miscellaneous home essentials







Home accessories

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