Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or just moving into a new apartment or house these essential items are all important to have before spending the first night in your new home. After all of that unpacking, imagine not being able to take a shower because you don’t have a shower curtain? For reasons just like this we wrote this handy guide/checklist to make your move-in as seamless as the rest of your move.
It should come as no surprise that after the above example, the first thing on this list would be a shower curtain with liner. Maybe you already have a decorative or funny shower curtain that you packed as part of your move; we’d still advise that you replace the liner when moving into a new place. Things like magnifying makeup mirrors might fall into this category as well as you might not have packed yours during the move. Does your new place have a toilet paper holder attached to the wall? If it doesn’t grab yourself a standing toilet paper holder and to round this part of the house off stock up on toilet paper, a toilet brush or scrubbing pads and a plunger. It’s also smart to grab some kind of disinfectant specifically for bathroom surfaces. If you didn’t pack one it’s also extremely important to have a first aid kit in your new home because during the moving process and beyond accidents happen that may require disinfecting ointment, bandages of varying sizes, ace bandages and some over the counter pain relievers.
Moving into the kitchen there are a few things that you may have decided to throw out or leave behind when moving, but that doesn’t make them any less necessary to have in your kitchen. Beyond dishware, silverware and that expensive set of pots and pans that you probably packed during your move, maybe your last apartment had a microwave already installed and this new one doesn’t. Take some time to organize your kitchen and decide where all of your appliances will go. Also consider items like a dish rack, paper towel holder and cutlery organizer as they may not have been packed as part of your move. Tupperware and Ziploc bags should also be purchased along with any spices that may have been thrown out or left behind to get your kitchen cooking ready on day one.
Windows and Lighting:
While natural light is important to think about when considering a new apartment or house you don’t want to be woken up at the crack of dawn. Does your new place already have blinds on the windows? If not consider your options between blinds, curtains and shades for all of your windows. While blinds and certain curtains will let in some light even when closed you might want to consider blackout curtains or shades for your bedroom and something different in the living room and kitchen area. Curtains and shades also provide you with more privacy which should also be considered when making this decision especially if you’re moving from a house to an apartment building. When it comes to electrical lighting, look to see if the overhead lights came with dimmer switches. These can be installed later, but when you just move in start thinking about where you can place any lamps you may have packed with you during the move. Make sure to have a few spare bulbs tucked away as well, just in case.
Wires, wires and more wires:
When it comes to the above paragraph about lamps, make sure to pack at least a couple extension cords in case those lamp plugs don’t reach the nearest outlet. While on this topic, hopefully during your packing process you labeled all of your wires or packed them with the appliance they go into so you aren’t left with a box full of random wires. While on this topic, it’s a good idea to pack a surge protector or power strip for areas around television consoles and desktop computers where you’ll likely have multiple things that need to be plugged in close to each other. While a power strip simply allows you to plug multiple things into one outlet, a surge protector will protect your devices in the event of a power spike. It’s always a good idea to grab a couple packs of AAA and AA batteries for things like remotes and household appliances that might require them.
If you packed all of your hangers for your move that’s great, it will make the unpacking process that much easier. Consider buying an extra set of hangers to have on hand just in case. Things like plastic bins or vacuum storage bags are great if you’re conserving space (as is usually the case in NYC apartments). These also make storing away those winter or summer clothes when they’re out of season that much easier. Make sure if you packed plastic bins they fit under your bed or within your new closets which may not be as spacious as your old ones. This would also be a chance, especially when downsizing, if a storage unit would be helpful for your move. FlatRate offers storage solutions of all shapes and sizes, and we even have an entire article devoted to it on our blog.
Final Miscellaneous Essentials:
This is where we’re putting items like a tool kit. As handy as that wrench is that comes with Ikea furniture (read as: not at all handy) a basic tool kit that includes a hammer, screw driver set (Phillips head and standard), the all important adjustable wrench and pliers, nails, screws and potentially a drill with bits which makes the process of hanging things on your walls (a must for making an apartment or house into a comfy home). If you’re renting an apartment, consider sticky hanging hooks rather than nails so you can receive your entire security deposit back in the event you need to move out. A box cutter could come in handy here as well considering you may have a bunch of moving boxes to break down.
When it comes to security essentials, we’re also putting them in the miscellaneous portion of this post because they may not apply to everyone. If you’re living in a building with a doorman who has to announce guests when they arrive you’re in a different situation than someone who just moved into a new house. If you fall somewhere in between, like an apartment building without a doorman or other security measure other than a key to get in, consider changing at least one of the locks from the previous owners as they still may have key copies and landlords rarely change the locks before move in. It’s easy enough to unscrew your locks and replace them with new ones (especially if you packed or bought a basic tool kit), but hiring a locksmith isn’t as expensive if they are just changing a lock which usually only takes about 15 minutes for a professional with a drill.
We hope this blog helped answer some questions about the items to have on move in day. Thanks for reading and if you’re interested in reading more blog articles by FlatRate Moving. If you’re still at the beginning stages of moving always feel free to contact FlatRate Moving to request a quote either by phone or by the handy request a quote feature on our website.