You’ve taken the plunge and now you’re the proud owner of a new home. 

For those who are moving for the second, third, or fourth time, this list will likely contain very few surprises. You will have amassed most of what you need along the way and will be more concerned with moving what you already have than buying more stuff. For first-time buyers, however, this list will prove invaluable.

Remember, though, your mileage may vary.

The best way to use this list is as a prompt, rather than a catalogue of ‘must-have’ items.

For example, not everyone will want or need a microwave, but some couldn’t live without one. What you kit your new home out with is, obviously, up to you. Get what you need and forget the rest.

To make the list easier to use, we’ve set it out by room and added a few miscellaneous sections to consider as well. 

Let’s go!



  • Baking sheets
  • Bin and bags
  • Bottle opener
  • Bread board
  • Can opener
  • Chairs
  • Chopping board
  • Cling film and tin foil
  • Colander
  • Crockery (plates, bowls, etc.)
  • Cutlery
  • Drying rack
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Frying pans
  • Glasses
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen knives
  • Kitchen roll
  • Ladle
  • Measuring jug
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Microwave
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mugs
  • Oven dishes
  • Oven gloves
  • Pizza cutter
  • Rubbish bin and bin bags
  • Salt and pepper mills or shakers
  • Saucepans
  • Scales
  • Sieve
  • Spatula
  • Sponge
  • Table
  • Tea towels
  • Tin opener
  • Toaster
  • Tupperware 
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Wooden spoons



  • Bath mat
  • Bathroom cabinet
  • Bathroom mirror
  • Bathroom spray
  • Bin
  • Bleach
  • Body wash
  • Cotton wool
  • Glass cleaner
  • Hand towel
  • Hand wash
  • Limescale remover
  • Shampoo
  • Shower squeegee
  • Tissues
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet roll
  • Toilet roll holder
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels, bath and hand


Living room

  • Bookcase
  • Coasters
  • Coffee table
  • Couch or chairs
  • Cushions
  • Lamp
  • Rug
  • Shelving
  • Side tables
  • Sideboard
  • Throws
  • TV
  • TV stand or wall bracket
  • Wi-Fi router


  • Bedding
  • Bedside lamp
  • Bedside table
  • Chest of drawers
  • Clothes hangers
  • Curtains or blinds
  • Duvet, sheets, and pillows
  • Mirror
  • Wardrobes


Cleaning and laundry

  • All-purpose cleaning spray
  • Clothes horse
  • Dehumidifier (helps dry clothes if no outside space is available)
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Feather duster
  • Floor cleaner
  • General disinfectant
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mop and bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing machine
  • Washing powder and/or liquid 
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Wiping cloths, dusting clothes, sponges and scrubbers


First aid

  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • Antihistamine cream or tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Crêpe rolled bandages
  • Disinfectant
  • Disposable gloves
  • Eye wash and eye bath
  • Insect bites and stings cream or spray
  • Micropore tape
  • Nail clippers
  • Painkillers
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Plasters
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Skin rash cream
  • Sterile eye dressings
  • Sterile gauze dressings (small, medium and large)
  • Thermometer
  • Triangular bandages
  • Tweezers



  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Fire blanket
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke alarm
  • Surge protectors
  • Torch


Basic tools and DIY equipment

  • Allen keys
  • Batteries
  • Drill
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Extension leads for plugs
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Light bulbs
  • Paint brushes
  • Pliers
  • Plunger
  • Saw
  • Screwdrivers (flat and Phillips)
  • Screws
  • Tape measure


Outdoor items

  • Gardening gloves
  • Gardening shears
  • Hosepipe
  • Ladder
  • Lawnmower
  • Lawn edger
  • Leaf bags
  • Leaf blower
  • Leaf rake
  • Pruner
  • Secateurs
  • Shovel
  • Snow shovel
  • Trimmer
  • Watering can
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Yard broom

Although this is a pretty comprehensive list of new home essentials, everyone has individual requirements and their own personal needs. 

Many new homes, for example, will already have white goods fitted, but not all. What you choose to take away from this checklist is up to you. All that remains now is for all of us here at Petty’s to wish you a smooth move and years of happiness in your new home.

If you’re yet to move, come and register your interest with us.

We have been helping people like you move home for well over a century, and we’d love to welcome you into the family. Give our friendly sales team a call to find out how we can assist you, whether you’re buying, selling, or both.

Article By: Richelle Newbold

As one of our Sales Negotiators, Richelle engages with clients on a daily basis. Her previous professions include performing and hospitality, so she has taken to her role with us effortlessly. A keen meditator, Richelle is kind, caring, and a respected part of Team Petty’s.

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