7 Things You Must Buy Before Moving

Moving can be fun, but it can also be incredibly stressful time. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or you are relocating somewhere bigger, making sure that you have all the necessary items is crucial. By doing a little prepping, you can help make the entire process seamless and hassle-free. Before you start decorating and throwing things in your amazon cart. There are a number of things you need to buy before you make the big move.

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The following are some things you should buy, pack, and have them in easily accessible and clearly labeled boxes:

Cleaning Supplies

Regardless of whether your new house has been freshly vacated or it has sat empty for a while, you will need to properly clean it in order to make it livable. For tile and hardwood floors, grab a mop and a broom. If you want the best of both worlds, opt for a Swiffer wet jet, our favorite. If you have carpet, make sure you have a good vacuum cleaner. We like the Eureka airspeed. You’ll need a good all purpose cleaner and a toilet cleaner; because we all have to go sooner or later.

As you get settled, you’ll want a broom and dust pan to help clean up the debri of moving. You’ll also want some trash bags, so you can clear clutter as you unpack.

Also, don’t forget the toilet paper and paper towels !

Tool Kit

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Wrenches, pliers, measuring tape, hammers, and drills – the list of useful tools in a new house goes on. Depending on the type of equipment and furniture you are installing, you may find that some common tools like screwdrivers can get the job done. However, some tasks like window coverings require a suitable drill. Be sure to buy all these necessary tools before you relocate. A simple tool kit, can go along way, so no need to break the bank.

Some good ol duct tape is a must, we found a lot of uses for our gorilla tape!

Extension Cords

As you learn the layout of your new house, you will figure out where the electrical outlets are in relation to the setup of your electronic devices, furniture, and appliances. In the beginning while you are figuring out the best layout, you will need to be able to plug in your router, appliances, lamps, and other amenities. For that purpose, buying some extension cords is a must.

Light Bulbs

Imagine the sun going down as you set up your new home office, and you find that the room has a dead bulb. Instead of being left in the dark, it would be a good idea to have some spare light bulbs and handheld torches for a variety of uses.

Scissors and Tape

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Even if it’s a pair of left-handed scissors or a Swiss army knife, a blade is an everyday essential that is particularly useful when opening boxes. Similarly, being able to fasten things together is also important and you will need duct tape for that. Before moving out, make sure to buy these items. This would be an extension of your mini tool kit if you like.

Plates and Silverware

Particularly on your first day, you want to make sure that you have the bare essentials, i.e. cutlery and plates. Pack a clearly marked box of silverware and plates that you can grab when everyone is ready to eat. It would also be a good idea to have some napkins and drinking glasses available. Don’t stress over setting up full silverware; focus on the basics for the first week.


Setting up a new home takes time. Before you tackle this big project the next day after your move, you will really need a good night’s sleep. So, make sure you have some sheets, pillows, and a comforter to put on your bed.


We highly suggest setting up your internet on day one of your move in. So this may be something you want to browse and purchase before moving in. We only suggest this because by setting up your account and your payments going. You’ll be ready to go and hopefully wifi ready your first day in your new home. This will make everyone in your family feel more connected while they settle into there new place.

Getting settled takes time and a lot of things can be accumulated over time. But before the move, you want to make sure that you have all the essential items. You want to give yourself freedom to purchase new items once you get there; so try not purchase too many things before moving. If you start with the basics, you can really make your first few days in your new place smooth.