So you made an offer and settled on your dream home. Now it’s time to get ready for your big move. You’ll need a few things on hand to make sure everything goes to plan, and we’ve outlined them in our list of must-haves.
If you’ve ever had to move into a new house or apartment, you know that it’s a lot of work. Moving into your first home, though … that’s an event!
It’s an exciting time for any first home buyer, but that doesn’t mean it’s stress free. You’re turning your new space into a home after all. To make your transition a little easier, you should prepare a move-in kit, with everything you’ll need come moving day without the frantic search through boxes.
Here’s our list of 14 essential (and often overlooked) items that you should definitely include in your move-in kit:
- The keys: We can see you rolling your eyes — who could possibly forget the keys!? Well, it happens more than you might think. Keys are easily misplaced, especially in all the hustle and bustle of a move.
You’ll want to do a top-to-bottom clean of your new space before you start unpacking. Cleaning can be an important step in making your new house feel like a home. Plus, moving generates a lot of dirt, dust and garbage. From washing walls to washing hands, these items will come in handy during and after the move to ensure your new home is spick and span.
- Dust pan and broom: You’ll be shocked at how much dirt and dust will get kicked up.
- Bin liners: All of that packaging has to go somewhere.
- Paper towels and/or cleaning rags: Spills are inevitable.
- All purpose cleaner, sponge and bucket: These three are the staples of any cleaning kit.
- Handsoap: After a day of handling boxes, you’re going to want to wash your hands.
For quick DIY and repairs
Moving day can often be an enlightening experience when it comes to the responsibilities of home maintenance. Holes in the walls from hanging artwork, chipped paint, broken fixtures — it’s all your problem now. Keep these items at the ready to tackle simple repairs. It can also help to prep your space for more substantial renovations such as fresh paint.
- Filler and calking gun: To fill in all those holes, gaps and cracks that you somehow missed during inspection but are now the only thing you can see.
- Basic tool kit: A hammer, screwdriver, drill, box cutter, tape measurer, wrench and spanner should do the trick.
- Old newspapers or drop cloths: These will come in handy if you’re doing any repairs where you’ll need to protect your floors such as spot painting.
For you and the family
In all the excitement of the move, don’t forget to think about your own personal needs! Taking care of yourself and your family is the best strategy in cutting down the stress that can come with moving into your first home. Along with basics such as a change of clothes and toiletries, don’t forget about these easily overlooked essentials.
- Chargers: Is there anything worse than a dead phone?
- Drinks and snacks: Sustenance is key on moving day, and don’t forget to stay hydrated.
- Portable radio: A few of your favourite tunes will make the work go quickly.
- First aid kit: Bumps and scrapes are a part of moving, especially if you’re a first timer in the home maintenance department.
- A roll (or two) of toilet paper: There is something worse than a dead phone — forgetting the toilet paper.