Things you need for a new house: The essentials

27 February 2019

Moving to a new house is exciting and stressful in equal measure. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’re moving somewhere bigger (or smaller), ensuring you have all the necessary items is an essential part of helping the process run smoothly and can be very satisfying. But it can also be hard to keep on top of all the things you need for a new house, especially as a lot will depend on what you already have and what comes included with your new home.

Things you need for a new house

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Aesthetics aside, there are some essentials for a new home that you’ll need to buy before or shortly after you make the big move. At Access Self Storage, we’ve helped a lot of new homeowners with our self storagemoving house storage and packaging solutions. With that in mind, we’ve put together this helpful video on how to pack a box and the ultimate checklist of things you need for a new house. 

Below are the absolute basic things you need for a new house – we’ve left it up to you to decide how you’d like to furnish your home.


Depending on how modern the kitchen is in your new home, you might need to upgrade the ‘white goods’ (fridge, washing machine and dishwasher) or install the basics, like a cooker. Those aside, the following are what you can consider essential:

Some tea bags and a loaf of bread wouldn’t go amiss either!

You’ll also need a wide range of kitchen utensils, including:


Bathrooms are generally already kitted out with the essentials (toilet, sink, shower and/or bath). The following essentials cover everything you’ll need for the first morning you wake up in your new home:

Some basic cleaning products might also be useful:

Living room

Ideally, you don’t want to buy too much furniture before you move into your new home, because this will make moving more difficult and potentially more costly. These are the bare essentials you need for a comfortable living room:


Of course, the main thing to have in your new bedroom is a bed. But there are a few other essentials, including:

Cleaning products

It’s likely that your new home will be a bit dusty after all your boxes have been moved in. Here are the basic cleaning products you’ll need ready:

Other essentials for a new home

All homes should have a box of medicine, a first aid kit and a few necessary grooming products. The main ones include:

In terms of safety, make sure you have the following:

Finally, in terms of hardware and tools, the following are essentials for any home:

There are many other things you need for a new house, but those can be accumulated over time. It’s important to make sure you have the absolute basics to begin with – don’t buy too many items before moving, as you may waste money on things that don’t quite suit for your new home. The cost of all of these things can quickly add up!

A good tip is to take a video of the property you’re moving in to so that you can keep looking back at it in the lead up to moving – that way, you can get a better feel for the amount of space you’ll have and how much you actually need to buy.

And don’t forget to get your bills sorted before moving in! Wi-Fi, gas, water and electric are all must-haves for your new home.

Moving home? Here’s the ultimate checklist of essential things you need for a new house.

If you need somewhere to store your stuff while you’re waiting for your new house to be ready, Access can help. Our moving house storage package allows you to temporarily store furniture before you move with flexible storage. We have self storage facilities across the UK, including Access Self Storage Romford, Access Self Storage Guildford and Access Self Storage Manchester