10 Things to Buy Before Moving to a New Place

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Are you moving to a new place? If so, there are some things you will need to buy before you get there. This list includes items that will make your move easier and more organized, as well as things you will need once you arrive at your new home. Keep reading for a detailed list of the 10 things you should buy before moving!

1. Packing supplies: boxes, tape, markers, etc.

You will need packing supplies in order to pack up your belongings safely and securely. Boxes are the most important item on this list – you can usually find them for free at grocery stores or other businesses. Make sure to get a variety of sizes so that you can fit all of your belongings.

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You will also need packing tape and markers (or labels). Packing tape is used to seal the boxes shut so that nothing falls out during the move. Markers or labels are used to label the boxes with their contents and destination (e.g., “Bedroom – dresser”).

Packing supplies can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores.

2. Moving truck or van services

Unless you are moving very locally, you will probably need to rent a moving truck or van. This is the most common way to move household items long distance.

There are many companies that rent out trucks and vans, so be sure to compare rates and reviews before choosing one. You may also be able to find a friend or family member with a truck who is willing to help you move (just be sure to return the favor!).

3. Moving insurance

If you are renting a moving truck or van, the company will likely offer some form of moving insurance. This is optional but recommended, as it will protect your belongings in case of damage during the move.

By being prepared in advance, you can minimize the stress that comes with moving as quickly as possible.

Be sure to read the terms and conditions of the insurance before purchasing it, as there may be some exclusions. You can also purchase moving insurance from third-party companies.

4. Cleaning supplies

You will need cleaning supplies to clean your new place before you move in. This is especially important if you are moving into a rental unit, as you will want to get your deposit back.

Make sure to get all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and sponges or rags. Cleaning supplies can be purchased at most hardware or home improvement stores, as well as grocery stores.

If you are moving into a furnished unit, you may not need to buy all of these cleaning supplies as they may be provided for you.

5. Kitchen supplies

If you are moving into a new place, you will need to buy kitchen supplies. This may include items such as dishes, silverware, pots and pans, cooking utensils, and small appliances.

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You can purchase these items new or used from stores like Target, Walmart, or Ikea. You can also find them second-hand from thrift stores, garage sales, or online marketplaces like Craigslist.

6. Bathroom supplies

Your bathroom is another important room in your new home, so you will need to purchase some supplies for it as well. You will need toilet paper, shampoo, soap, towels, and a trash can.

You may also want to buy a shower curtain and bath mat. If you have a lot of toiletries, you may want to buy a storage rack or cabinet to keep them all organized. Don’t forget to purchase a toilet brush and plunger too! These items will come in handy if you ever have any clogs.

7. Bedroom supplies.

This is something you definitely don’t want to forget. Your bed will be one of the most important pieces of furniture in your new place, so make sure you have all the supplies you need for it.

You will need a bed, of course, but also consider purchasing nightstands, dressers, mirrors, and lamps. These items will make your bedroom feel more like home. If you plan on using a mattress you already have, be sure to measure it before you move so you can find beds that will fit it properly.

Pillows, blankets, and sheets are also important items to buy before you move. You may want to purchase a comforter or quilt as well. These items will help you stay comfortable in your new home.

8.  Living room supplies

A comfortable place to relax is key in any home, no matter where you live. Make sure you have a few cozy blankets, some throw pillows, and maybe even a nice piece of art to hang on the wall.

Of course, you’ll also need a place to put all of these things. A couch, coffee table, and end table are all basics for any living room. You might also want a TV stand or entertainment center to hold your television and any gaming consoles you have.

9. Office supplies

If you work from home or need a place to study, you will want to set up an office space in your new place. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but you will need a desk, chair, and lamp at the very least.

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You might also want to purchase some storage containers for things like paperwork, pens and pencils, and other office supplies. A filing cabinet is also a good idea if you have a lot of documents that need to be stored away.

Don’t forget about a trash can! You’ll need somewhere to put all those paper scraps.

10.  Outdoor supplies

Depending on where you live, you may also need to buy some outdoor supplies. If you have a yard, you will need to purchase a lawn mower and gardening tools.

You might also want to buy a patio set or barbecue grill if you plan on spending time outside. If you live in an apartment, you might want to buy a potted plant or two to spruce up your balcony.

Final Thoughts

So before you make the big move, be sure to cross these 10 things off of your shopping list! By being prepared in advance, you can minimize the stress that comes with moving and get settled into your new home as quickly as possible. And if you’re still feeling overwhelmed by all of the preparations that need to be made, don’t worry – just give us a call, and we’ll help you take care of everything.


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