Moving into a new house is one of the most exciting times in life. With all the planning, packing and purchasing you have to do, it can also feel overwhelming at times.

Whether you are moving locally or across the country, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind to ensure the transition goes smoothly. You’ll need appliances, furniture and decor, but before you purchase anything, be sure you know the exact measurements of your new home. It’s also helpful to have a style and layout in mind and to prioritize the most commonly used rooms.

Ready to turn your new house into a home? Here are some of the basics you’ll need.

First Things to Buy for Your New House

One of the first things you’ll want to buy for your house is a new security system and a set of locks. The previous owner could have made copies of their house keys or passed out their security code to friends, family members or neighbors and then forgotten about it. Getting your own security system and locks ensures you know who has access to your new home.

While you are at it, be sure to either purchase or transfer utilities and other services like your phone and internet service provider to your new address. Everything from your home insurance to your credit card billing information will need to be updated to reflect your new address.

What Appliances Do You Need for a New House?

While some homes might come with appliances, you’ll often have to either bring existing ones or purchase new ones yourself. The kitchen usually needs the most appliances.

Some of the kitchen appliances you’ll need include:

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven.
  • Microwave.
  • Refrigerator.
  • Dishwasher.
  • Extras like a toaster, food processor, slow cooker and coffee maker.

In your laundry room, you’ll need a washing machine and dryer. Meanwhile, in the family room and office, don’t forget to add a TV, speaker system and computer.

What Furniture Do You Need for a New House?

Depending on the room, you’ll need several different types of furniture for your new house.


When friends and family visit, they’ll appreciate having a shoe and coat rack nearby for storing their belongings. Adding an entryway table and details like a decorative rug will make the space more inviting.

Kitchen and Dining Room

Along with the dining room table, most kitchens usually have space for a smaller, more casual table. If you have an island, some barstools will add extra seating when you are entertaining. If you have space and need some extra storage, you can add a sideboard or china cabinet in your kitchen or dining room.


For your bedrooms, you’ll need some basics — bed frame, mattress, dresser, a mirror and bedside tables. Once you have the furniture, you can start adding finishing touches like bedding, decorative pillows, curtain rods and curtains, decor and artwork.

For your closet, adding shelving, shoe racks and storage bins will help keep your new home organized.


While most bathrooms usually don’t have a lot of extra space, you’ll need some basics like a shower rod, hooks, curtain liner and curtain. Adding details like a potted plant or textured rug will help make the space more functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Family/Living Room

Your family/living room is where you and your loved ones will spend most of your time. Make sure you have some comfortable sofas and accent chairs ready. If you want your TV to be a focal point, add an entertainment center. Then, with a coffee table or ottoman, side tables and lamps, curtains and accent pieces, you can easily tie the entire room together.

Discover How We Can Help You Get the Home of Your Dreams

For over 25 years, CIS Home Loans has been helping Florida residents who are considering buying a home. As a full-service mortgage bank, we have some of the most competitive rates in the industry. Working with us also means you can always expect industry-leading services, continued transparency and quick turn times.

Have any questions or ready to get started? Contact us today and we’ll help you get the home of your dreams.