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Moving Checklist: Essentials to Have in Your New Home

Posted on June 30, 2020

Deck out your new home or apartment with these moving checklist essentials.

Deck out your new home or apartment with these moving checklist essentials.

One of the best things about moving into your first house, apartment, or condo is shopping for everything you’ll need. Have fun selecting from these essential household items from our moving checklist, and reach out for help from our Bekins Kelowna movers to move all your worldly possessions into your new abode.


1. Furniture and furnishings

While you may have a hand-me-down couch that you plan to move to your new place, consider these other furniture pieces and furnishings:

  • Futon/ and or pull-out couch
  • Dining room and/or kitchen table
  • Chairs 
  • TV
  • Side tables
  • Lighting fixtures and lamps
  • Bookcases/shelving units
  • Computer desk
  • China cabinet
  • Floor rugs, mats
  • Paintings, artwork, photo frames
  • House plants, planters, vase


2. Appliances

Most homes and condos come with large appliances such as a fridge, dishwasher, oven, and washer/dryer. However, there may be cases where essential appliances are not part of the package. Make sure to include all major appliances and extras such as a:

  • Microwave, toaster or convection oven
  • Chest freezer 
  • Coffeemaker
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Blender/mixer
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Portable air conditioner and/or fans (if needed)


3. Other Kitchen Essentials

Along with appliances, equip your kitchen with these essential utensils and tools:

  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes, bowls, and serving platters
  • Flatware
  • Glass and stemware
  • Coffee mugs and teacups
  • Set of kitchen knives, inc. scissors
  • Cooking utensils (can/bottle opener, whisk, cheese grater, masher, slotted and wooden spoons)
  • Serving utensils (spatula, serving fork/spoons, ladle, cake server, etc.)
  • Cutting board
  • Strainer/colander/salad spinner
  • Bakeware
  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Oven mitt, tea towels, and dishcloths
  • Placemats, tablecloth


4. For the Bathroom

Besides toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo don’t forget to include:

  • Bath and hand towels
  • Washcloths 
  • Shower curtain
  • Bathmat
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Soap dispenser 


5. Bedroom Basics

Make sure your bedroom is fully stocked by including these items for your household movers:

  • Bed, headboard, side tables
  • Reading lights
  • Duvet, linens, blankets
  • Pillows, pillowcases
  • Mirror
  • Chest of drawers
  • Standing closet if lacking closet space


6. Cleaning Supplies

Keep your new space looking its best by packing:

  • Vacuum
  • Floor mop
  • Broom, dustpan
  • Duster, dust rags 
  • Microfibre cleaning cloths
  • Scrubbing brush, scouring pads
  • Dish and laundry detergent
  • Multi-purpose cleaner 
  • Toilet brush, plunger

For more moving tips, read How Moving Companies Take Care of Your Belongings.


Bekins Kelowna Moving and Storage has the equipment and experience to handle all your local and long-distance moving needs. Contact us for a free estimate.