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New house checklist – what to buy for a new home

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Kitchen essentials checklist

The kitchen is the hub of activity in most homes – here, food is cooked and eaten throughout the day, and this space often serves as a storage area for cleaning and washing essentials. As such, many appliances and utensils are required for the efficient running of the kitchen area. Here are all of the kitchen basic essentials you need:

  • Bin bags
  • Kitchen roll
  • Oven gloves
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Mugs/glasses
  • Mixing bowls
  • Kettle
  • Washing up liquid/dishwasher tablets
  • Washing up gloves
  • Tea towels/pan scrubbers
  • Ladles
  • Sieves
  • Pots and pans
  • Cooking knives
  • Tin foil/cling film
  • Tupperware containers
  • Bottle openers
  • Chopping board
  • Spatulas
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Bathroom essentials checklist

Out of all the rooms in the home, bathrooms are the first that will receive immediate use – so stocking up with basic toiletries will be invaluable. These are the things you need to buy for a new bathroom:

  • Toilet roll/toilet roll holder
  • Bath mat
  • Shower curtain
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Towels/towel hook
  • Shampoos/shower gels
  • Bin
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Bedroom essentials checklist

Slumber in peace with the knowledge that all your bedroom essentials are on hand for a quiet night’s rest from day one. Make sure this list of bedroom basics is covered ready for moving in:

  • Mirror
  • Bin
  • Mattress protector
  • Sheets
  • Spare duvet & pillow covers
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
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Living room essentials checklist

When you’re considering what things to buy for a new house or apartment, you shouldn’t overlook your living room. Whilst throws and pillows may not seem immediately vital, you will soon miss the comfort they bring to your family and guests. These are the living room essentials you should buy:

  • Rug
  • Pillows
  • Throws
  • Lamps
  • Bookcases/shelving
  • TV stand
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Utility room essentials checklist

For those odds and ends that don’t quite belong anywhere else, it’s wise to choose a utility space to house these vitals – whether it’s a utility room or the cupboard under the stairs. Practical items for your utility room include:

  • Lightbulbs
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Batteries
  • Shoe polish
  • Cleaning liquids
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Spare sponges/gloves

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