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What to buy for a new home: the ultimate first home shopping checklist 🏑

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What to buy for a new home: the ultimate first home shopping checklist –

Introduction πŸ‘‹

Moving into a house for the first time is one of the most exciting (and stressful) experiences of grown-up life.

However, there are so many different things to plan and remember!

The shopping list for a new home feels never-ending, and it’s so easy to forget things!

We’ve put together the ultimate list of things to buy for a new home, to try and help you to avoid forgetting anything!

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1. Supply companiesπŸ’‘

The first thing you should look at buying for your new home is services from supply companies. This will help you to make sure that the home is warm and functioning when you move in!

  • Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Water
  • Gas/Electricity
  • Phone/mobile connection
  • Home insurance (buildings cover/contents cover) What is insurance? πŸš‘

What bills should I be paying? πŸ’Έ

2. Kitchen πŸ‘©β€πŸ³

Cooking 🍽️

  • Fridge freezer
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Mugs and drinking glasses
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cutlery for eating – knives, forks, and spoons
  • Cooking pots, frying pans, oven trays
  • Chopping knives and chopping boards
  • Mixing bowls and spoons
  • Measuring jugs/spoons/cups
  • Kitchen scales
  • Oven gloves
  • Kitchen towels
  • Kitchen scales

Cleaning 🧽

  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Cleaning sprays
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing machine tablets
  • Handwash
  • Rubber gloves
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mop and bucket
  • Sponges and scrubbing brushes
  • Hoover
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Dust pan and brush/sweeping brush
  • Washing basket for dirty clothes
  • Kitchen bin/recycling bin and bin bags
  • Clothes dryer stand/washing line

3. Living/dining room πŸ›‹οΈ

Seating area πŸͺ‘

  • Television and television stand
  • Sofa/sofa bed
  • Rug
  • Side table/coffee table
  • Curtains/blinds for privacy
  • Table lamps
  • Lamp shades

Dining areaπŸͺ‘

  • Dining table and chairs
  • Place mats/table cloths/coasters to protect the table

4. Bedroom πŸ›Œ

Sleeping area 😴

  • Bed frame and headboard
  • Mattress
  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Duvet cover and pillow cases
  • Mattress sheet
  • Bedside table
  • Bedside lamp
  • Extension lead – to plug in phone chargers, lamps etc.
  • Curtains/curtain poles/blinds for privacy
  • Lamp shades

Clothes storageπŸ‘•

  • Wardrobe
  • Chest of drawers
  • Clothes hangers
  • Coat racks
  • Shoe bin
  • Full length mirror (for checking outfits!)

5. Bathroom πŸ›€

Bath/shower area 🚿

  • Shower curtain
  • Bath mat
  • Bath towels
  • Shampoo/soap storage
  • Anti-slip mat for baths/showers
  • Toothbrush holder

Toilet area 🚽

  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet roll holder/toilet rolls
  • Bowl cleaner/bleach

Sink area πŸ’¦

  • Toothbrush holder
  • Handwash
  • Hand towel

6. Bedroom πŸ›Œ

Sleeping area 😴

  • Bed frame and headboard
  • Mattress
  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Duvet cover and pillow cases
  • Mattress sheet
  • Mattress protector
  • Bedside table
  • Bedside lamp
  • Extension lead – to plug in phone chargers, lamps etc.
  • Curtains/curtain poles/blinds for privacy

7. First aid supplies ⛑️

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Heat/ice packs
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Painkillers
  • Antihistamines/hayfever medication
  • Cold and flu medication
  • Thermometer

8. Tools πŸ› οΈ

  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Ratchet screwdriver with multiple tips
  • Pliers (also called mole grips)
  • Adjustable spanner (also called a shifter spanner)
  • Allen keys
  • Duct tape

9. Outdoors 🏑

Gardening πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

  • Garden hose
  • Lawnmower
  • Rake
  • Sweeping brush
  • Outdoor bins
  • Watering can

10. Gift ideas 🎁

If you’re keen to get a gift for someone’s first home – here are our favourite gift ideas!

  • Scented candles/air fresheners
  • House plants
  • Decorations
  • Food/takeaway gift cards
  • Kitchenware
  • Appliances e.g. microwaves, blenders

Conclusion πŸ‘

So that’s it!

Hopefully this shopping list has helped you to feel more on top of what you might need to buy for your first home.

Don’t stress if you can’t afford everything on the list, this is a guideline!

If you know anyΒ friends or family membersΒ who might benefit from learning about what to buy for a new home share this post with them!

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