Congratulations, you have found and bought a new home that is perfect for you and your family! This is such an exciting time for you as a fresh homebuyer but here at the Mitchell Saldanha Real Estate Team, we know this can also be overwhelming at times. Whether this is your first home or your fifth , a well-organized list of things to buy for your new home is sure to come in handy.
When moving day comes, you’ll be probably busy with getting the new keys from your lawyer and having the movers come in and out of your home(s). Use the checklist below to remember all the little things that will make the first few days in your home a smooth transit.
1. Basic EssentialsThe first few things you want to make sure you have with you and not packed in a random box that is being brought over by the movers, are your basic essentials. Some of these items might include:
- Trash bags and recycling bags
- Toilet paper and paper towels
- Flashlights and batteries
- Light bulbs
- Basic tools such as a hammer and screwdriver. These tools will help you put together furniture once it arrives at your new home.
2. Locks and SecurityWhen moving into a new home, specifically one that was previously owned by the seller, whether it is in Brampton, Caledon, Georgetown, Orangeville, etc., it is always recommended to change the locks. This includes the front door, back door and garage door. If you are someone who prefers extra security for your own piece of mind, it might be a good idea to have a security system installed or even a smart system such as a ring doorbell.
3. Kitchen EssentialsYou might already have the basic kitchen essentials including garbage bin, silverware, dishware, utensils, cutting boards, as well as pots and pans. But, when moving into a new house, you also have to remember to have your smaller kitchen appliances. These are everyday items many people use but are typically not included with the home when you purchase it. Smaller kitchen appliances might include a toaster, microwave, coffee machine, kettle and a blender. Although these kitchen appliances are not “essential” when you first move into your home, it will be helpful to have coffee readily available in your new kitchen when unpacking all those moving boxes.
4. Bathroom EssentialsOne item in the bathroom that is often forgotten about is a shower curtain and rod. When moving into a new home, the majority of the time you will need to bring your own shower curtain. Other bathroom essentials you should consider bringing are bathmats, towels and a bathroom plunger.
5. Vacuum Cleaner and MopIt was very common for people to want to deep clean their new home when they first move in and before organizing and putting all their things away. It is a good idea to either have a vacuum cleaner, mop or broom and dustpan handy so you can clean the floors of your home.
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6. Outdoor Maintenance ToolsWhat outdoor maintenance tools you will need immediately will depend on what season you are moving into your new home. If you are moving during the winter months, you should consider getting a shovel or snowblower as well as some salt. If you are moving in the fall, spring or summer, you should consider having a lawn mower, sprinkler and hose attachments.
7. Miscellaneous ItemsThose are the random items that you may or may not need to bring for your new home.
- Iron and ironing board
- Curtains or blinds for the windows
- Laundry detergent
- Fabric softener
- Stain remover
- Cleaning supplies
8. Home EntertainmentThose are the items that are not essential to have especially on move-in day, but it will make things a lot easier and fun, especially if you have kids. When moving, consider having the internet and cable installed the day of move-in or shortly after. If you have kids, this will make things a lot easier, especially if you want to deep clean the house. If you are moving into your first home, you may not have home entertainment yet, so consider buying items such a speaker system and television before moving in. This will allow you to sit down, watch tv and relax after a long day of moving and unpacking.