Looking forward to moving into a new home? This is quite an exciting experience, and you should always prepare well ahead of time to ensure that the move is seamless and enjoyable. There are several essential items that every home needs to make it comfy from the very first day. As such, make sure that all of them are in place and ready for your occupancy to avoid nasty experiences and inconveniences. In this article, we are going to take a look at what to buy before moving into a new home so that every need you may have will be catered for.
What Should I Buy Before Moving
There are things to buy for a new house:
Let’s kick off our things “to buy for a new house checklist” with the very basic yet essential home items – toiletries! These can easily make your life very unpleasant if missing. During a move, it’s pretty easy for your towels, TP, lotions, etc., to go missing in all the chaos of boxes and stuff. You may also need to take a quick shower to refresh before you start unpacking the boxes, which means you won’t have the bathroom essentials handy. To avoid this stress, grab a few essentials from the store before you get to the house and chuck them into a convenient bag that you keep close. Grab some disinfectant and sanitizer, too, while you’re at it, in case the new toilet isn’t very tidy.
Operating on a tight budget? Well, most toiletries can be transferred from one home to another without any issues. As such, if you don’t like the idea of spending money on towels and soaps, which you already have, pack up all your bathroom essentials in a single box or container, then make sure that it’s loaded somewhere easily accessible and identifiable. You can also keep it in your car to avoid having to keep track of a single box in a whole box jungle.
Food and Cooking Equipment
In the excitement of moving, it’s easy to get carried away only to realize late at night that you’re starving but have no food in the house! Now, this can surely ruin your first day in the house, so it’s best to avoid it, more so if you have kids with you. Consider what you are going to eat well ahead and prepare for that meal in advance. If you opt for dry foods, don’t forget the liquids like tea as well, which may come in handy in the colder seasons.
Check for kitchen essentials that will be needed to prepare that first meal and ensure that you have everything you need. Many houses often come with fixed kitchen tools and provisions, so most of them will likely stay behind, but there’s no guarantee that the new home will have them too. If you can find out what’s available in the new home and what works, the better. If you can’t, it’s better to prepare for the worst rather than risk starving that first day.
Blinds and Mats
The first night in your new home will probably be a late one as you try to put a few items in place and check out the house. As such, the last thing you need is to be rudely awoken early in the morning with light in your eyes from the bare windows. Make sure you find out the condition of the blinds at your destination and get some if the place has none. This is better done before the move because you will barely get a chance on the day.
New houses tend to be void of light fixtures to avoid fires and power draining. If you’re not careful, you might work, eat, and sleep in the dark on the first night. To avoid such a dilemma, grab one or two light bulbs and have your torches and flashlights somewhere close by. If the house has lights, after all, you can always store them for later use. Don’t forget to grab batteries too, for small items like smoke detectors, wall watches, and remotes. Alternatively, confirm with your agent or landlord that the lights are in place and working.
Every house tends to have a unique power outlet layout. This means that you may need power somewhere where it’s not available on that first night, whether to charge your phones or to plug equipment. The best solution for this is having several extension cords handy to transfer power wherever it is needed. If you already have a few, then you’re all good to go. If not, you better grab some days before the move. Two or three cords should do the trick, and make sure they have ample lengths of 20 feet or more.
Storage Facilities: Bins & Containers
Many of the stuff that gets packed during a move comes from immovable storage units, such as the basement, attics, garage shelves, etc. Your new home might not have all these facilities, so you need to prepare storage facilities for all those items. Bins, boxes, and different containers can do the trick if you have space to stock them.
If you’re moving from a house, it’s strongly advisable to confirm the storage situation at your destination to accommodate all your stored stuff. If you don’t like the idea of temporary containers like bins, you can arrange for shelving to be made in advance in the garage or basement so that it’s all ready when you finally get there. Failure to do so may result in a lot of unnecessary expenditure on storage facilities.
As we conclude, always know that every new home comes with a few tricks and issues that can make your life a bit unpleasant. I’m sure everyone acknowledges that their house has a few special issues, such as a tap that requires a jingle or a special twist to work. To prepare for these minor tweaks that may become necessary, it’s essential to have a set of basic tools handy. If you’re not handy with tools, you might need to source the contacts of a local handyman in advance to avoid inconveniences. Enjoy a fresh start!