Moving into a new home is often an exciting adventure. The move could be due to a need for a larger house or because you’re ready to get into a home of your own instead of living with your parents, a roommate, or a family member. Before moving, there are a few things that you should have on hand so that you’re prepared instead of trying to purchase everything right after moving in. It’s sometimes best to make a list of the items that you need for each room instead of trying to think about everything for the home at one time.
1. Kitchen Supplies
Make sure you have the large appliances that you need, such as the stove and refrigerator. If you’re renting, most landlords will provide these appliances, but sometimes you’ll have to provide your own washing machine and dryer. Hire professional appliance movers to move these items into place, to prevent damaging the floors or walls of your new place. According to a moving company, have special appliance dollies for moving these heavy appliances safely. If you’re doing it on your own, check out these tips on how to move a fridge.
Once these are in place, you need to get pots, pans, plates, utensils and the extra items that make cooking easier. A microwave or a coffee maker can be included in this list of items. Oven mitts and potholders should also be on your list of items for the kitchen so that you have a way to remove hot pans and dishes from the oven. Cooking at home is a great way to save money when moving out on your own.
2. Making The Living Room Comfortable
While there are things that you might want to have in the living room, there are a few essentials that you should have more than others. Buying a couch, chair, or some seating should be at the top of your list. Lamps or a ceiling light that is functional should also be an important part of your living room. Television is an option as well, but if the funds aren’t in your budget, then you might want to hold off on connecting cable or satellite television until you have your bills and other necessities in order.
3. Sleeping Comfortably
Beds for each room of the home are a must. If necessary, get air mattresses until you can get a complete bed for each room. The key is not to overwhelm yourself with items that you can’t afford. It might require getting the things that are needed for every room a few things at a time, but you’ll eventually have everything. Sheets, pillows, and blankets are also items that you should have on hand or purchase before moving. You also need hangers for the closets and dressers for items that you can’t hang.
4. Bathroom Essentials
The bathroom is the smallest room in most homes, so there aren’t as many items that you need to get. You should have at least a few towels and washcloths on hand to take a shower as well as toothbrushes, soap and other toiletries that your family will need to be comfortable until you have a chance to go to the store.