Moving into a brand-new home can be very exciting and daunting all at once. And even though the prospect of moving into a new home is exhilarating, it can be a little stressful if you don’t have what you need. To help make your move go as smoothly as possible, it is important that you have everything you need. Here are some of the essentials Covington Homes has compiled for you to consider:
1. Basic Tools and Equipment
When moving into a new home, it’s important to have a basic set of tools and equipment on hand. This includes items like hammers, nails, hanging hardware, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, wire cutters, wire, a level, a measuring tape, and a power drill. You never know what kind of projects or installations you’ll need to do while moving in, so having a good set of tools is essential. It is also a good idea to buy light bulbs for your lamps, some batteries (for those items that require them), a ‘throw away’ rug for the entrance(s) to minimize dirt tracking, paint brushes and spackle (to touch up those dings made upon move-in), and trash can(s).
PRO-Tip: purchase a ‘Bagster’ at Lowes or Home Depot and schedule a special trash pickup of the full Bagster after move-in. It will hold a lot of trash, the pickup is easy, and you will be able to throw away all of those parge items (and boxes) that won’t fit in your trash can provided by the HOA.
2. Cleaning Supplies
Even though a brand-new home is freshly cleaned prior to move-in, it’s a good idea to give your new home a reclean after you move in. Particularly since the process of moving in can be (and is) messy and produce dirt and trash. Make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you need, such as a broom, mop, bucket, dustpan, cleaning solution, sponges, and rags. Don’t forget about toilet cleaner, window cleaner, and a vacuum cleaner too.
3. Kitchen Essentials
When moving into a new house, you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary kitchen essentials. This includes items like plates, bowls, cups, silverware, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and food storage containers. You need plenty of dishwasher detergent, dish soap, paper towels, laundry detergent (even though this is a kitchen list this is imperative), towels, and hot pads. Don’t forget a coffee maker, toaster, blender, and your favorite (and often used) kitchen appliances and tools.
4. Bathroom Supplies
You’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary bathroom supplies as well. This includes items like toilet paper, towels, washcloths, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and a shower curtain.
Depending on the size of your new home and your current furniture situation, you may need to purchase new furniture. At a minimum, you’ll need a bed, a dresser, dining table and chairs, and a couch. Make a list of all of your spaces and under each space make a list of what you will need to furnish that space. If you need to purchase furniture, consider investing in quality pieces that will last for years to come.
6. Window Coverings
To maintain privacy and block out unwanted sunlight, you’ll need to invest in window coverings. This includes items like curtains (and curtain rods), blinds, and shades.
7. Safety and Security Items
To keep your new house safe and secure (if you haven’t do so already) you’ll want to invest in safety and security items like fire extinguishers, camera(s) (or additional camera(s)) and a security system. Moving into a new home can be overwhelming, but with a little preparation and the right essentials, you’ll be off to a great start. While just a small list of items that are essential to the “Big Move-In Day”, we hope this gets you off to a great start in preparation for your special day! (And don’t forget to feed your helpers!)