Not bringing everything with you during relocation is not only normal but also necessary. Even if you are moving to the same size home, there is no need to bring every single item with you. New space also means a new setting so why not refresh your home with new inventory? You don’t even have to spend a fortune on these items, but rather get those daily things that are replaceable anyway. Creating a move-in shopping list for a new home can be extremely fun as you will get to decorate your home the way you want. Get ready to shine a new light on your home and get some of the items below!

Let’s begin with essential miscellaneous items!

You probably know what this category refers to! A lot of California movers will advise you to label your boxes, for easier unpacking, but some items simply don’t belong to any category! At some point, you will need the majority of these items and it is much better if you buy them all in one go. It is interesting to mention that these items are usually present in rented apartments or homes, as they are essential in different ways. Make sure your list has:

  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Extension cords
  • Small toolbox
first aid kit bag

Having a first aid kit in your new home is a must!

Keep in mind that even though small toolboxes have all the essentials, some of them will lack a lot of other items you will need. No matter how well you pack your home, you must be sure that you have:

  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Tape
  • Glue bottle
  • Markers
  • Notebook

Kitchen items for a move-in shopping list for a new home

One of the most essential rooms in your new home will be the kitchen. You will have to set it up as soon as possible, especially if you are moving with your kids. But no matter when you plan on using your kitchen, you must set it up beforehand. This includes getting some new items and dishes in case you decided to leave the old ones behind. Professional international movers California are very careful with your fragile dishes and china, so don’t risk moving them on your own. And in case you arrive a little bit earlier than the movers, your kitchen should have:

  • Plastic utensils
  • Paper plates
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and tea
  • Snacks
  • Can opener
  • Cups and glasses
  • Trash bags

Of course, the list should include food and drinks. You can even make lunchboxes for the first night after moving. Just make sure the food is already prepared as your kitchen appliances may not be installed yet. 

Toiletries and personal hygiene

Even though you will probably have a toiletry bag, you will need a couple of extra items for your home. Before you decorate your bathroom, you will use it and the last thing you need is to run to the nearby store in the middle of the night after relocation. Your shopping list should have:

  • First aid kit
  • Hand and bath soap
  • Lotions and shower gels
  • Towels in different sizes
  • Hair dryer
  • Washing detergent

Those who recently had some renovation work in their new home, may not love the way it looks. You can arrive a couple of days before your California interstate movers bring your items. If you need to quickly clean and dust your home before everyone else arrives, you should have:

  • Cleaning solutions
  • Bucket
  • A couple of clothes for washing and drying
  • Air freshener

Move-in shopping list for a new home regarding your kids

Apart from lunchboxes and the first night kit, younger kids will need more items to make them feel cozy after moving. If you have been on the road for too long, you should also make them feel comfortable during the ride. They will feel the most pleasant if they are close to their toys, cartoons, and of course delicious snacks. And once you arrive they will be happy to see:

  • Fresh drinks
  • A couple of extra toys
  • Interesting bed sheets
toiletry bag

Your move-in shopping list for a new home must include toiletries for the entire family

Moving with teenagers is a little bit different, so let them include their wishes on the list. Since they will have to adjust to the entire relocation process, you can even include them in this special shopping. They may have some interesting suggestions as well, and it will be easier for you not to do it all by yourself. 

Don’t forget about your pets

Your pets will also need some time to adapt to their new home, so why not make them a nice welcome as well? Even though their necessities are easy to pack and transport, maybe it is time to get them:

  • Blankets and toys
  • Fresh food and drinks
  • Beddings or pillows

Extra items you should consider buying

Chances are slim that you will move to a home of the exact same size as the previous one. This means some of your items will simply not fit. These could be furniture pieces, kitchen appliances, or some decorative items. But if they don’t fit, that doesn’t mean you should just leave it that way. If you are moving with long distance moving companies Southern California and don’t have the opportunity to make double trips, you can treat yourself to these special items to make freshen up your new home:

  • Living room or bedroom lamps
  • Plants
  • Decorative baskets and newspaper stands
  • Paintings
  • Curtains
person making lunchoxes

Don’t forget to include fresh food and drinks

These items can easily be at the very end of your move-in shopping list for a new home. You can even include them in the post-relocation shopping, once you make a final decision on how exactly will you decorate your home. This is also the most interesting part of the moving aftermath, and people simply love doing it. It is where you can experiment with your creativity and fix all those decorative flaws you didn’t like in your previous home.



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