Furnishing Your Home: A New Home Checklist

First added 8th November 2021

By Jessica Kadel

7 min read

Moving into your first home can be stressful. Between organising things like van hire or contacting utility companies, furniture may not be something that’s high on your priority list. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve made a first house checklist which includes every piece of furniture you’ll need for each room. We also look at other tips for moving into your first home, such as when to buy your furniture and how to furnish on a budget.

When Should You Buy Furniture for a New House?

Knowing when to buy your furniture is the first hurdle, as you’ll obviously want the furniture before the big move, but without taking up any more precious space in your current home. Before you buy your furniture, you’ll also need the measurements of your new home to accurately judge sizes. Finally, you‘ll also have to account for delivery times. Some items, such as sofas, can take up to 12 weeks to be delivered.

According to interior designer Caroline Barker, it’s advised to buy your furniture around 4 months before the big move to line everything up nicely. So ensure you have your new home measurements and plenty of storage space planned out around this time..

If your timeline is a little tighter, there are things you can do to move the process along. For example, ask to measure the rooms of the new house as soon as possible, even on the first viewing. There’s nothing to say you can’t measure before purchase and if anything this will prove how resolute you are in the buying journey. Once you have your measurements and you know what kind of furniture your new home can accommodate, look for companies that offer swift delivery times.

Finally, it’s also useful to see which items of furniture you can buy together, for example a bed and mattress in a set can ensure both pieces of furniture arrive together at the same time.

What Furniture Should I Buy First?

Buying all your furniture at once is likely to empty your bank account, as well as take up too much space in your home before the move. Therefore it’s important to make a priority list and buy new house essentials first. This includes items such as:

  • White goods
  • A sofa
  • A table and chairs
  • A bed and mattress

Accent furniture and decorative pieces can wait for now until you’re in your new home. If your budget is particularly tight, hold off on furniture such as desks, as the dining table can suffice as a work station.

Things to Buy for a New House

Without further ado, here is our first home essentials checklist, covering every piece of furniture you’re likely to need for each room. Bear in mind, some of these items won’t apply to everyone and remember to keep within your means. While shopping room by room may seem tempting to get one boxed off, it’s always recommended to buy all priority furniture first, so your house is livable.


Read more: The New Homeowners Guide to Kitting Out a Bedroom

  • A table or breakfast bar
  • Chairs or bar stools
  • Kitchen units - cupboards, drawers, etc.
  • White goods – fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, cooker
  • Small appliances – kettle, microwave, toaster
  • Sofa & chairs
  • Coffee tables
  • TV & media unit
  • Bookshelves
  • A dining table
  • Dining chairs
  • Storage options – cupboards, drawers, etc.
  • A desk
  • A desk chair
  • A bookcase
  • Storage options - cupboards, drawers, etc.
  • Accessories – towels, a bin, etc.

On moving day, there’s likely to be a lot you haven’t thought of, so it’s recommended to keep a box of essentials handy during the move. This will help you get everything set up as quickly as possible.

  • Light bulbs
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Batteries
  • Extension leads
  • Measuring tape
  • Ladder
  • Tools – hammer, screwdriver, screws, etc.
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Toilet roll

How to Furnish Your Home on a Budget

If your new house shopping list is looking a little overwhelming, do not fret. There are ways you can get everything without breaking the bank.

Budget Each Month

With moving day looming, set aside how much you can realistically spend each month until your move. As we’ve mentioned, don’t try and buy all your furniture at once. Shop the priorities first and always stick within your means. Browse around and compare prices to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Take Advantage of Sales

Always browse the sales when furniture shopping to take advanatge of discounted prices. If there’s a particular item you like but it’s out of budget, try waiting until January sales or Black Friday to see if the price goes down.

Buy Used

Buying second hand is guaranteed to be more affordable, however it doesn’t necessarily mean that your furniture will be lower quality than new pieces. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So scour charity shops, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace to find gems that need a new home.

Ask Around

Finally if all else fails, lean on friends or family. You never know they could have old furniture lying around that needs rehousing. Regardless of whether it’s your particular style, it’s better to make your home functional for now and replace it later down the line when budget allows.

Read more: Moving Into Your First Home On A Budget

Good luck with your move! We hope our new home checklist has been useful. For more helpful homeowners advice, visit our Snooze Hub.


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