Moving into a New Home – A Checklist for First-Time Buyers

If you are a first time home buyer you may be surprised to learn how much work is involved, not only in moving and purchasing the home, but setting it up as well. It may be hard to visualize how to set up a new home if you are not in it yet, so it is best to make a list of essentials to plan ahead of time. Homemaking is an involved process and there will be many essentials that you will need right away. After your professional movers have taken care of moving your belongings safely into your new home, there are some essentials you will need:

  • Budget your expenses – After settlement of your home and setting up utilities, it will be time think about home essentials. You may not want to wait till the last minute after you move in. First time homebuyers are usually stretched to the limit with expenses so you don’t want to purchase items on a credit card. It’s smart to plan ahead for the expenses and purchasing the essentials beforehand so you will have them on hand when you arrive.
  • Odds & ends inside – While taking care of the more important items like food and furniture for your new home, it is easy to forget about the smaller items such as window coverings, curtains and blinds for the windows. You will need shower mats, shower curtains and waste baskets for the bathrooms. The other essentials include area rugs for your tile or wood floors and floor protectors that stick under furniture legs to protect floors from damage. Also a good idea to have hardware on hand to hang pictures and frames in your home. Another service your professional mover provides is to hang and mount your flat screen TV.
  • Odd & ends outside – setting up house is likely to involve purchasing a few outdoor essentials such as lawn care items, snow removal items and basic garden tools such as rakes, trimmers, rubber hoses. Also, some basic tools for minor repair jobs inside and outside the house such as screwdrivers, hammers, nails, wrenches, a power drill, flashlights, etc.

Hopefully by purchasing these essential items ahead of time, you will now be prepared once you move in and won’t have to worry about last minute expenses. For more tips on moving please visit our website: