What do I need when moving into a new house?

“Don’t sacrifice the good for the perfect.”


Easier said than done, right? You have a brand new home and you want to show it off to all your friends! It must be perfect.


It’s easy to get caught up in the quest for perfection, but we’re here to remind you that you really don’t need anything when moving into a new house. Your furniture, your clothing, and your people (pets are people, too) are all you really need.


Now, there are some things that may make your life easier during the first couple of months in your new home. So, after you’ve packed up your stuff and arranged the moving help, let’s review what you might want when you get to the new house.


Cleaning Supplies


Even with a new build home, you’ll want to clean your new home before you move in or as you’re moving in. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to buy new glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, cabinet cleaner, oven cleaner, etc. Sometimes making your own cleaning solution is a healthier alternative and can serve many purposes.


  • DIY all-purpose cleaner
  • Old rags
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Broom
  • Trash bags
  • Scented plug-ins or room spray


Window Treatments


There’s a good chance that your new home won’t have window treatments. This is often forgotten because your mind often reverts to the model home when you think of what your home will look like. If you have large windows in the front or back of the house, or in bedrooms, you’ll probably want to have a plan to temporarily or permanently add window coverings.


Here are some options to consider:


  • Dark towels and thumbtacks (temporary is perfectly fine)
  • Curtain rods and curtains (plus the tools to put them up)
  • Blinds (plus the tools to install them)
  • Plantation shutters (professional appointment scheduled)


Basic Tools


Every homeowner needs a basic set of tools. You’ll probably need to hang things, fix things, or move things. Hint, hint: A basic tool set makes a great housewarming gift if your family members need any ideas.


  • Hammer
  • Electric drill
  • Screws and nails
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver set
  • Level
  • Flashlight


Daily Gratitude


Your new home is a safe haven for your kids, it’s an investment in your future, and it’s a place you can always count on when you feel lost. From day one, recognize this blessing by practicing daily gratitude by saying out loud, “I love this house!” Grateful people are happy people, and happy people are the best kind of neighbors.


At Porchlight Homes, we bring your dream home to life with thoughtful craftsmanship and the personalized care of family. For more information about our communities, reach out to us online or stop by for a tour.