A list of everything you need for your first home – a must read

No matter what  your personal circumstances moving to a new house is hectic.  As such there are so many things to think abut an consider during the preparation and move – and this can mean overlooking so many details.  This can range from looking after your finances to making sure the back door is secure.  Being organised is the key in making sure the whole process of unpacking and getting easier – as a result, a helpful checklist is important when going through this ordeal.

Before you make the commitment it worth providing a note of caution: Do not let your emotions run away from you in a wild dreaming frenzy. Do not be a compulsive buyer or over react before you have had time to carefully study everything. In other words, the first house you look at is an absolute dream and you loved it from the first moment you laid eyes on it. Aside from the support of personal and professional and you also need to carry out your own due diligence.

Change of Address: Ensure you inform your local post office of a change of address. Subsequently the mail will be redirected to the new address. Most importantly regarding personal items such as bank statements and credit card statements – it is is best to inform them directly. Having an email list of all your contacts usually helps to which all can be informed by a standard letter.

Healthcare: Find out the most convenient doctors and dentist in the new location that you are moving to. On occasion you could ask for a recommendation by your current doctor/ dentist. Furthermore, if you get friendly with the local residents of the area you are moving to they will you can perhaps ask them

Home Safety: Before moving into your new address, it is wise to ensure that you smoke alarms including carbon monoxide are installed and checked. Ensure that you purchase and place fire extinguishers at strategic locations such as the kitchen and garage. Flashlight, matches, batteries and candles should not be placed within children's reach. Place it in a top drawer with a lock. Have an emergency storage close to your house exit. Keep all poisons, medicines, and other dangerous substances away from children and kept in child-proof cabinets. Check the house for any damage and have preventive maintenance as early as possible.

Heating System: It is best to ensure that you check that the boiler is in good and working order before moving into the property. Most importantly to to ensure that the boiler s safe by getting a local engineer to double check on the equipment.

Finances: Cancel all direct debits and standing orders pertaining to the old residence and where necessary set up for the new location. Where required move bank accounts and inform insurance companies. Important documents and receipts related to your move should be placed in a safe and locked drawer. Save all receipts of the money spent on the moving process, the permanent improvements and damages that were fixed so you can use these for tax deduction purposes later on.

Education: Find and register your children into their new schools. The sooner your children will get used to a regular routine, the easier it is for them to settle in your new place.

Home Security: Change the locks of your new residence since you have no way of tracking the those who have access to the old set of keys. That way you ensure your tracks are covered ensuring that no one can get inside the house except you and your family.



The Kitchen is central to the lives of many, thus it follows that on moving into your new place certain essentials must be in place. These are things you could say remain unpacked and ready to use once you have moved in.
Kitchen Utensils

  • Mugs and glasses – Coffee, tea, and drinks
  • Spatula – Turn fries, pancakes, lift cookies, biscuits etc.
  • Toaster – Toasted bread bagel
  • Can opener
  • Big Serving spoons
  • Silverware – Forks knives spoons etc
  • Tupperware – ideal for preserving food as well as leftovers
  • Dish towels – Useful mos t especially once you run out of paper towels
  • Mixer – Useful for the baking enthusiast and perhaps those inclined to making fruit punch
  • Baking pans – Cup cakes, special cakes, biscuit
  • Oven mitts
  • Pots and pans – A matter of choice
  • Broom sweeper – Always useful to sweep up the crumbs
  • Dish soap – Good for soaking greasy dishes especially that which does not fit into the dishwasher if you have one
  • Paper towel – Useful and probably a more hygeneic approach
  • Tea kettle – For instant coffee and tea takers
  • Kitchen mats – Important especially if you have a kitchen that leads to the back garden
  • Salt and pepper shakers – Standard to most households
  • Spices – for those nto spicy food – basil, garlic, paprika, onion powder
  • Garbage bin and bags
  • Saran wrap, Aluminium foil, Sandwich baggies – For preservation and leftovers
  • Plates and saucers and bowls
  • Dish dryer
  • Crockpot
  • Microwave

Cleaning Supplies:

Ideally it is best to have the place clean by a professional before moving into the new place but this may not apply to all pending n personal circumstances. Your choice of cleaning materials is obviously a personal one but herein lies a few suggestions

We welcome suggestions for organic friendly ways of getting rid of grit and grime – place this in your comments below:

Window Cleaner – For those ever so sparkly windows and mirrors.

  • Detergent and Fabric Conditioner
  • Bleach cleaner – For sinks, tubs, counter-tops, etc.
  • Toilet cleaner/toilet brush
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Air freshener

The bathroom:

The bathroom to many is a source of comfort and solace sometimes deemed as a source of private recluse. Thus on occasion you will find emphasise is made on making this area almost palatial. However for the practical minded and that is many a clean environment will suffice. The following list is a benchmark.

  • Hand towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Towels – Use 100% cotton as it absorbs water
  • Air freshener
  • Rugs
  • Shower curtain
  • Hand soap
  • Plunger
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Garbage pail
  • Reading material


  • Alarm clock
  • Sheets
  • Laundry basket
  • Hangers
  • Bed Spread
  • Miscalleanous
  • Batteries
  • Extension cords
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Curtains/ Blinds
  • Toys
  • Tools – Always required for the DIY issues in the household

The above provided is not exhaustive but we hope will serve as a guideline to the things that need to be taken into consideration. Enjoy your new home wherever you are.

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