When moving into a new home there are certain items that are absolutely essential, especially if it’s your first home and you’re starting from scratch. Of course you need things like a bed, washing machine, sofa, etc., but there are plenty of other home essentials that you might not spring to mind straight away.

Here are just a few…

Microwave Oven

This is probably the most obvious item on the list, but it’s still one that might slip a few people’s minds. Having a cooker is obviously important but sometimes a microwave oven is essential if you just want to heat up something or you can’t be bothered cooking and just fancy something quick and easy.

Coffee Machine

Moving house can be stressful and result in a few late nights and early mornings unpacking and decorating. As such, a coffee machine is essential for giving you that little extra you need when you can feel those eyelids are getting heavy. If you’re not a big fan of coffee then simply swap it for a kettle or teapot instead!

Portable Games Machines

Now these aren’t really for you (unless you like gaming) but if you have kids then these could be a Godsend when you’re trying to unpack from room to room. The last thing you want is for the kids to be constantly under your feet when you’re carrying boxes so you can happily send them off for a little while whilst you get sorted. A Nintendo 3DS is ideal as they’re very child friendly and have plenty of games they’ll have fun with.

A Good Set of Knives

When cooking you’re going to need some decent equipment and pretty much right at the top of what you need is a good set of knives. Knives might sound a little trivial compared to other things you might need, but they will make a world of difference in the kitchen. Have a look at this guide on how to choose good kitchen knives. And don’t forget a good chopping board too!

Some Good Towels

This is more about luxury than essentials but there are few things better than wrapping up in a big, fluffy towel. Get a few so that you’re not disappointed when your other half has pinched it.


You never know when something might decide to break or stop working, particularly in a new house, and so a toolkit is essential. Make sure it includes all the usual stuff such as hammer, screwdriver, screws, nails, spirit level, etc, and this can really help you to save some money on having to replace items or pay for someone to come and fix them.

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Most houses will already have smoke and/or fire alarms but most don’t come fitted with carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas, partly because it has no smell or taste, making it almost impossible to detect without the right equipment. You can find out more about carbon monoxide detectors here.