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Ultimate Move-In Shopping List for a New Home

A comprehensive move-in shopping list for a new home can help ease some of the inherent stress of moving. When you move into a new house, there are many things you’ll have to get rid of along the way. Certain things are too perishable to move, unsafe to move, or you run out of them during the moving process. You’ll also want to take advantage of the opportunity to declutter your home, which means you’ll be tossing out expired medication, expired food, and lots of unused items that have accumulated over the years.

All of this purging and decluttering leaves you with a need—and some room–to do some shopping after you move. We’ve put together a comprehensive new home checklist of necessities that you will need to stock up on once you’ve moved in. You may also want to get décor and other personal things, but this list focuses on the most important items you will need in your new home.

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Ultimate Shopping List for a New Home


  • First aid kit
  • Batteries
  • Extension cord
  • Flashlight
  • Light bulbs
  • Paper towels
  • Local map
  • Aspirin and/or acetaminophen

You probably have most of these items in your old home, but chances are you will need more of them. Batteries have an expiration date. Light bulbs are fragile and may break during your move (although this is less likely when you outsource your packing!). Paper towels are always in high demand during a move, and a first aid kit is one thing you hope you won’t need but will be glad to have when you do.


  • Bottled water
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic or Styrofoam cups
  • Can opener
  • Canned goods
  • Coffee
  • Coffee filters
  • Insulated disposable cups (for coffee or tea)
  • Tea bags
  • Snacks
  • Bread
  • Meat
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Champagne

The kitchen shopping list for a new home is the most common shopping list you’ll find. Although restocking perishable items is usually the first task on your to-do list, purchasing disposable cutlery, plates, and cups should also be a high priority. It may take a few days for you to get your new kitchen cleaned and stocked with everyday dishware. Having the option to use disposable items can help prevent you from eating a whole week of takeout.

Last but not least on this list is the one item every new homeowner should have… champagne! After working through the challenge of a move, you deserve to have a little celebration. Of course, you can always substitute a non-alcoholic bubbly beverage to make the celebration kid-friendly.

Bathrooms & Toiletries

  • Toilet paper
  • Bath and hand soap
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Plunger

The bare necessities are tough to live without. Don’t get caught frantically ripping open boxes to find your toothbrush. Instead, run to the store and grab a few (along with other essential hygiene products, like hand soap and deodorant). It never hurts to have extra bathroom supplies on hand.


  • Toys
  • Diapers
  • Formula or baby food
  • Baby powder
  • Nightlights

Keeping your children safe, fed, and occupied while you get settled into your new home is key to your own happiness. Nightlights are especially useful for getting rid of those new home, nighttime jitters. Make sure you have these items on your shopping list!


  • Food
  • Litterbox
  • Litter
  • Leash and collar
  • New tag
  • Food and water bowls
  • Bedding
  • Waste bags
  • Carrier

Updating your pet’s id tags or microchips is very important when you move. Pets are more likely to run away or get lost after a move. It’s critical that whoever finds them is able to return them safely home. In fact, you can prevent your pets from bolting out the door of your new home by purchasing a carrier or kennel for move-in day. Doors tend to stay open more than usual while you’re moving items into your new house. Keeping your pets in carriers during the move will prevent them from escaping—just remember to allow for potty and play breaks throughout the day.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Trash bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Sponges
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Wood cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Dish soap

Even brand new homes get dirty on move-in day. Pick up essential cleaning supplies to give your new home a fresh start before you unpack your belongings.


  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Level
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Box cutter
  • Pen or marker
  • Notepad

Settling into your new home will require some handiwork. Make sure you have basic tools available to put furniture together, hang pictures and artwork, and open all those boxes your moving company packed for you. (Thinking of packing yourself? Here’s why you shouldn’t do that.) Pen and paper also come in handy for jotting down reminders or playing charades with the kids while you wait for the cable installer!

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