Buying a Home
New Home Move-In Checklist

Move In Checklist

From the two-month mark to post move-in essentials, here’s your go-to guide for a smooth transition.

So, you’ve made it through the home-buying process—congratulations! Now, you’re ready to take the next step and move in to your new house. Here’s what you’ll need for the process—from pre-move-in to dos to post-move-in pre-requisites.

Pre-Move In

As a new homebuyer, you’ve made it through quite a daunting process. Now, you’re well on your way to home-buyer bliss. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need to do before move-in day.

Take Inventory

Begin sorting items—from clothing to furniture—and decide what you’d like to keep and what you could live without. Pack items you don’t need to use for the next couple of months and donate or give away any unwanted items. This will make moving day a lot less hectic—the less you have, the less you’ll have to move.

Arrange Transportation

Whether you plan on hiring movers or moving yourself, it’s important to make arrangements in advance. If you’re hiring movers, do some company research and check their availability for your move-in date. If you’re moving yourself, make plans to rent a truck or arrange for friends/family to help you.

Transfer Utilities

Set dates to turn utilities off in your current home and on in your new home. The last thing you want is to move in a house without electricity or pay for utilities once you’ve moved out of your previous place.

Change Your Address

While it may seem obvious, changing your address in advance ensures any mail and other important items get to you and don’t get lost.

Moving Day (Yay!)

It’s finally here—the day that makes the home-buying process every bit worthwhile! Here’s some tips for moving into your new house.

Make a Plan

Create a moving plan to move specific items first and stick to it. This will make for a smoother and faster move-in day, so you can start enjoying your new home.

Do a Once-Over on Your New Home

Before you start moving stuff in to your new house, make sure the place is clean and move-in ready. This makes it easier to take care of any issues before your items start taking up space.

…And Your Old Home

Before you close the door on your old home, make sure you haven’t forgot anything and that the place is clean. This prevents any issues with future owners or the landlord and lets you enjoy your new house.

Post-Move In

Now that you’re moved, it’s time to get down to basics with a list of items you’ll need to make that new house of yours, a home.

Play it Safe

One of the most important things to do, once you’re moved in, is make sure your home is safe and secure. Here’s a list of essentials that need to be addressed first and foremost.

  • Locks and Keys
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Cleaning Supplies

Get Down to Basics

Now that your home is safe and secure, it’s time to check off items for some main rooms in the house. Here’s a list of essentials to help get you started.


  • Plates and bowls
  • Cups and mugs
  • Utensils
  • Dish towels
  • Trash cans
  • Food containers
  • Pots/Pans/Baking sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Knives
  • Oven mitts
  • Cutting boards
  • Measuring cups


  • Towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Bath mat
  • Toiletries
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Waste basket
  • Toilet brush
  • Plunger


  • Mattress
  • Bed frame
  • Bed sheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Hangers
  • Drawers/Storage

Living Room

  • Coffee table/Side table
  • Couch/Chairs
  • Lighting/Lamps
  • Blankets/Throws

So, there you have it! Using this list and planning ahead will save you time and stress, so you can start relishing the joys of home ownership.

Have questions or would like more information? Get in touch with a PrimeLending expert for personalized guidance. We’re here to help!

Written By Mandy Jordan