80+ things you need for a new house

Feeling overwhelmed about furnishing your new place? Our checklist simplifies the essentials for a smooth move-in. Read on to ensure you don't miss any crucial details so you can set up your space with ease.

Knowing what to take with you and what to buy brand new can be just as challenging as it is exciting.

To help you out, we’ve created a checklist of all the new home essentials you need for when you first move into your new pad;

be it a new build or non-new build, flat, terraced, semi or something else.

What are the first things you should bring to a new house?

As obvious as it sounds, you need to take your existing belongings, the carefully-considered items you want to take with you, that this.

While you’re waiting for all the necessary processes to be completed, you should ideally be using this time to sort through all of your possessions and decide what you want to keep and what you no longer need.

While this task may be a little time-consuming and be a bit of a headache if you’ve got mountains of things to sort through that you’re accumulated over the years, it’s definitely worthwhile doing.

You’ll be able to move into your new home, knowing that everything you’re unpacking is of use to you or has sentimental value.

These core items should be at the top of your packing list. 

Moving into new home checklist 

87 new home essentials

Identifying all the things you need for a new house is much more manageable when you’ve got a list that you can work your way through and tick items off as you go.

This list of new home essentials is designed to help you get organised room-by-room.


You may already have a lot of these items or may want to treat yourself to some new ones.

  1. Kettle
  2. Toaster
  3. Microwave
  4. Washing machine
  5. Tumble dryer
  6. Fridge/freezer/fridge freezer
  7. Dishwasher 
  8. Pots and pans 
  9. Dinner set
  10. Table and chairs 
  11. Mugs and glasses
  12. Cooking utensils 
  13. Oven trays
  14. Rubbish bin
  15. Cleaning products – e.g. washing up liquid, surface spray, dishwasher tablets, detergent 
  16. Scourers and cleaning cloths
  17. Kitchen roll
  18. Fruit bowl
  19. Blind or curtains
  20. Draining rack
  21. Washing up bowl 
  22. Tea towels 

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Living room

This room is one of the more fun rooms to buy things for because most of the items aren’t based around necessity, but luxury and comfort.

  1. Sofa 
  2. Footstool
  3. Accent chair
  4. Rug
  5. Curtains or blinds 
  6. Curtain pole
  7. Coffee table/side/console table 
  8. Pictures 
  9. Ornaments
  10. Plants 
  11. Bookshelf 
  12. Lampshade
  13. Lighting 
  14. Cushions
  15. Throws
  16. TV and other devices 
  17. TV stand 
  18. Mirror 

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Usually one of the smaller rooms of the house, you may not need to buy as much for the bathroom however, there are still some staple items you should invest in.

  1. Shower curtain
  2. Toilet seat
  3. Bath mat 
  4. Toothbrush holder 
  5. Soap dish
  6. Toilet roll holder
  7. Mirror 
  8. Storage unit or cabinet (space permitting)
  9. Towels 
  10. Toiletries 
  11. Cleaning products
  12. Bin


Some people’s bedrooms have more items in than others, it really does boil down to personal preference.

There are still some staple things that can be found in most bedrooms though.

  1. Bed
  2. Pillows and duvet
  3. Bed covers 
  4. Rug 
  5. Bedside tables 
  6. Light shade
  7. Lamps 
  8. Alarm clock
  9. Wardrobe 
  10. Dressing table 
  11. Chest of drawers/other storage 
  12. Curtains or blinds 
  13. Mirror 
  14. Occasional chair

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While it’s obviously not a room, if you have a garden, it’s an area you’ll want to maintain and invariably buy things for.

  1. Lawnmower
  2. Gardening tools (e.g. fork, spade, rake) 
  3. Plant pots
  4. Plants 
  5. Fence paint/wood stain 
  6. Table and chairs
  7. BBQ
  8. Umbrella 
  9. Outdoor lighting 
  10. Gardening gloves 
  11. Shed/storage for garden equipment
  12. Washing line 

Other new home essentials

It’s always useful to make sure you’ve got everything you need in relation to core medicinal, safety and DIY items.

  1. Medicinal – First Aid kit
  2. Safety – smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  3. Other home essentials: torch, DIY kit 
  4. Boiler care package 
  5. Vacuum cleaner
  6. Iron and ironing board
  7. Laundry basket 
  8. Coat hook/racks 
  9. Front/back door mat

This list is by no means exhaustive, but is definitely a great starting point for making sure you’ve got everything you need come moving-in day.

Once your rooms are all set up, don’t forget to share them with us over on social.

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