The First 12 Things to do before Buying and after Moving into a New Home

Buy a New Home

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Here you will get the first home essentials checklist after moving into a new home. Experts have decided to split it into one for buying and another for moving. Because both of them are different and require so much stuff. Below is the list the experts have shared from their experiences in buying a home for the first time. Then, just below that, there is a moving checklist. 

Before moving home checklist

There is no good time or bad time to buy a new home. It depends on when you are ready by both financially and personally. In this, you will find the checklist you need before the buying process. 

  1. Finances

Before you buy your dream home, first check your finances. Some people don’t have money and want a mortgage to buy their first home. So, set up your meeting with your bank and ask them the process of mortgage. 

Consider asking them, what they want from you, how much you can get, and what amount you’ve paid each month. Once, you get all this information, it will be easy for you to find the home within the budget. 

  • Set a budget

If you can afford a house that cost $120,000, then it doesn’t make sense to check out the houses that cost $250,000. To narrow down the search to a realistic price, first set the affordable budget. For creating a budget make a list of monthly expenses including the mortgage, taxes, insurance of both homeowner and mortgage. For calculating all the things there are many online calculators. These will show you estimated payments of your budget. 

Now, take your monthly expenses and divide it your total monthly income. As a result, you will end up with a percentage number and that number will be seen by the banks for approving your home mortgage. Take that percentage and go to your bank and apply for pre-approval mortgage. 

  • Do proper research

After you arrange your finances and plan your budget, the next thing to do is research. Getting your dream home can be quite difficult. So, you need to do proper research. The searching can go months long and the war of losing and winning bids. Naturally, you will find many apartments, plots, studios, or dwellings, but to choose the best one among all those is a bit tough. 

You can consider taking help from the real estate agent. They often can give advice you that you might not have considered such as the distance between your kid’s school and your new home or is the market or hospital near, etc. The options of homes are limitless; you can drive around or check out than online. Once the checking out is finish, visit that place and check whether the home suits you and your lifestyle. 

  • Make a purchase offer

After finalising the home, now it’s time to place an offer. Your real estate agent can help you in placing an offer. They ensure your offer is depending on several diverse factors such as, 

  • What is the current market value both locally and nationally?
  • Since how long the house is listed for sell in the market?
  • Check whether that house has any bidding or offering. 

Your agent will mark you as a serious buyer by attaching the pre-approval mortgage documents along with the offer documents.

Moving into a new home checklist

As you all know that moving day can be stressful and busy, and the day often ends being a lot longer than anticipated. This checklist covers all the things that you require on your moving day. A little further down you’ll get your first shopping list after moving. Ensure that you buy that stuff when you go out for shopping after moving to a new home. 

  • A microfiber cloth and cleaning spray

Believe it or not, both cloth and cleaning spray can be your saviour. You can’t even imagine the dust that your stuff discovers as you start moving your stuff. So, make sure you keep it handy and don’t pack it with other stuff. 

  • Bags and suitcases

There is no wonder that you run out of the boxes while moving, so utilize the things which you already have with you. Fill up your luggage bags, suitcases and your laptop bag with the stuff you are going to take. Moreover, you have to lift them, just drag them and easy to carry. 

  • Mailbox badge

It is not that essential, but generally, people forget it when they are ready to shift to their new homes. This should be your first thing to do once you moved to your new home. 

  • A list of packed stuff

You must have noticed in some DIY tutorials, movies or even in web series, that if someone is moving to a new place or home, they tag or label their stuff. For example, if the box has books in it, they will label it as books, for kitchen stuff they will put kitchen and so on. By seeing it you might be wondering why they are doing it. But there is a reason for it. Keeping a list of packed stuff on paper or your phone will save your unpacking time. 

A complete checklist while going for shopping after moving

So, now here you’re, reading the complete checklist. Once you discover things that you need before and on moving day, now it’s time to read about after moving checklist. This checklist covers all the basic things that you will need immediately or after some time when you move. So, if you’re about to buy or ready to move, keep this list ready. 

  • Basic Furniture 

These things you will not need immediately after you move and might not need at all, it all just depends on your home layout, size and interest. 

  • Nightstand
  • Bed
  • Sofa or couch
  • Coffee table
  • A dresser, if you don’t have
  • A rug
  • A TV stand or wall mounting stand
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Laundry machine, and dishwasher
  • A bookshelf 
  1. Basic items from a grocery store

These are the basic things that you should get from your nearby grocery store as soon as you shift.

  • Bathroom essentials like toothpaste, toilet paper, hand soap, paper towels
  • Cleaning spray for both bathroom and kitchen.
  • Universal cleaning spray for cleaning the surfaces like windows
  • A laundry bag, brush and washing up cloth.
  • All sanitary items like wipes, cotton buds, etc. 
  1. Basic Items for home décor

Below is the list that will help you to make your home more beautiful and comfortable.

  • Pillows and cushions with covers
  • Hand and bath towels
  • A bin for both kitchen and bathroom
  • A shower rack, toilet paper holder, and clothes hangers
  • Posters, frames and other wall decorations items
  • Which stone benchtop is best?
  1. Tools and Handy stuff

Keep these below mention tools and stuff handy.

  • A few pens and paper
  • A bottle opener, screwdriver, scissor, and a knife
  • A first aid kit
  • Hammer and other toolboxes
  • Pegs, nails, fancy Velcro, blue tac, or tape to hang the things on walls, in the bathroom, and kitchen.  


So, that’s your ultimate first home checklist. Save this list and you’ll be ready for a stress-free transition to your new home. Just hope that this new home checklist helps you to stay organized and everything goes smoothly. 

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