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Moving House Essentials

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

22nd Mar 2017 (Last updated on 14th Mar 2024) 5 minute read

After the trials and tribulations of finding the perfect home, it’s finally time to move in. Throughout all the chaos and excitement, it’s easy to forget the essentials. This is why it’s important to get organised in advance. It’s a busy and exciting day and as with any great adventure, you are going to need to pack a survival kit.

Use the last few days before the removal company arrives to pack your essentials, this will help when you reach your new home. To help with your preparation, Compare My Move has created this guide, listing some of the moving essentials for your new home.

Once you've finished the journey, you won’t want to unpack everything at once. These moving essentials will be the important items that should be in the car with you so you can settle in without unpacking the entire household.

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  1. 1. Moving House Essentials Box
  2. 2. Bedding
  3. 3. Towels and Toiletries
  4. 4. Kitchen Essentials
  5. 5. Toilet Paper
  6. 6. Toolbox
  7. 7. Cleaning Products
  8. 8. The Removals Company

1. Moving House Essentials Box

Also known as a moving house survival kit, the moving house essentials box contains everything that you'll need to keep next to you in the car. Every family member may require something different. If you're moving house with children, don’t forget to pack a moving essentials box for them too. Fill it with their favourite toys to keep them entertained and also include some snacks.

Your moving house essentials box should contain all the vital items you use every day. Medication, phone chargers, food and bottled water, pyjamas, toiletries, a change of clothes, first-aid kit - fill it with anything that you would need if you were sleeping anywhere other than your own home. For inspiration check out our moving in checklist.

2. Bedding

Moving and unpacking could take several hours, depending on the length of the journey and the number of items you have. The last thing you want is to have to search for bedding after a long journey when you - or your little ones - just want to go to bed.

Make sure your bedding is packed separately and easy to access so that you can make your bed ready for when you need it.

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3. Towels and Toiletries

It may seem obvious to keep things like towels, shower gel, shower curtain (if needed), toothpaste and your toothbrush close by. But people do forget, and understandably so during the rush of moving day. Make sure everyone has a towel and the necessary toiletries so that you can all have a shower and brush your teeth without completely unpacking everything.

Having these items close by will minimise stress on the first night, allowing you and your family to refresh, get ready for bed and get ready the following day regardless of the status of your unpacking.

4. Kitchen Essentials

Being able to make tea or coffee is a must for many people throughout the day, especially when undertaking the task of moving and settling into a new house. The kettle, mugs, tea, coffee and sugar are often considered essentials, in addition to snacks and bottled water.

Cooking essentials are also recommended so that you can prepare food during the unpacking process. Some people prefer to order a takeaway at this time, otherwise may want to try out their new kitchen as soon as possible. Having these items separate from the rest of your unpacking will make the process a whole lot easier.

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5. Toilet Paper

Again, another house essential you’d think you’d remember, but it’s surprising how often people forget to keep toilet paper close at hand. If the journey to the new house is long, you know everyone will be running for the bathroom as soon as they get there. Accidents happen, especially if you’re moving with children or pets. But keeping the toilet paper in the car and within reach can help prevent this as much as possible.

6. Toolbox

You don’t need a professional kit, but the basics may be needed to get you through the first few days. A small toolkit will come in handy for the dismantling or reassembling of furniture or any last-minute DIY work that’s needed. Below we've listed a few items you may need:

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Plyers
  • Drill
  • Basic screws
  • Wall plugs
  • Tape
  • Box cutter and/or scissors
  • Torch
  • Batteries

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7. Cleaning Products

Another category of items you'll want to have to hand when you move into a new home is cleaning products. Hopefully, the previous owner will have cleaned and maintained the home for when you move in, but unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Furthermore, with everyone walking in and out and the removals team helping with the unpacking, the floor may get dirty quickly.

Before furniture is put in place and boxes are unpacked, you may want to clean your new house ready for you to settle in. Below we've listed the cleaning necessities you may want to have with you:

  • Cleaning cloths
  • All-purpose spray
  • Dish soap
  • Scourer
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Vaccum
  • Bin liners and recycling bags

Items such as baking soda or bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar can also work wonders and are less harsh than many commercial cleaning products.

8. The Removals Company

Choosing a reliable removals company can be a great help, reducing stress and ensuring a smooth and efficient journey. Obviously, you want to ensure that every item is safely handled, so why not leave it to the professionals? They are able to provide an expert service, and you may even choose to tip the removals company if you’re happy with the service provided.

By using Compare My Move, you can find up to 6 experienced removal companies within your local area. Get connected with the best in the business and save both time and money by requesting a house removal quote.

For further information, read moving into a new home checklist

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having guest authored for many property websites, Martha now researches and writes articles for everything moving house related, from remortgages to conveyancing costs.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.