Things to Buy When Moving Out for the First Time

Are you moving to a new house but don’t know what to buy? Our handy moving shopping list will help you save to make your move stress free and fun!

Things to buy when moving out

It is such an amazing feeling when you get to the point where you are finally ready to move out of your parent’s house to start living alone.

It can also be quite frightening, especially if you haven’t planned properly. Have you saved enough money? Do you know what essential items you need to buy before you move? 

Worry not! We have created a “moving out for the first time checklist” to make it easier for you to plan and save ahead before you move.

Carry this list with you to a supermarket to start doing costing to get an idea of how much you will need to save for the household items.

Another affordable place you could visit is Kamukunji which is close to Muthurwa market.  

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Items to Buy

moving out kitchen checklist

It is said that the best memories are made in the kitchen. That is why creating a well-functioning kitchen is important for you and your visitors will come by once you are fully comfortable to host.

Below is a list of the top things to consider for your kitchen. 

moving out living room checklist

For people who are starting to live on their own, they will either move to a DSQ, bedsitter or 1 bedroom. Depending on your budget, the type of house and the space available, consider these living room items. 

moving out bedroom checklist

The only thing you might think you need when you move out is a bed and a mattress. But you will quickly realize that there are more essential items you should not overlook. Did you think about these things?

moving out bathroom checklist

The bathroom is the place you go to unwind and wash off the day’s stress. You don’t want to get ready to take a shower then find that you forgot to buy soap. Another thing that people forget to purchase is toilet paper. That is why it is at the top of our list. 

* These can be bought at a later time if you are currently working with a tight budget.

Don’t Forget These Ones

It’s really hard to remember everything that you need when moving out for the first time. Once you are in your house, that’s when you find out you forgot to include some items in the shopping list. Below are some things that could easily slip your mind.  

  • Extension Cables
  • Bulbs
  • Candles
  • Surge Protectors
  • Scissors
  • Batteries
  • Matchboxes
  • Mop, Broom and Dustpan
  • Buckets
  • Cleaning Supplies

Remember that, only you know how much you are willing to spend on your move. Don’t feel pressured into living in a neighbourhood or buying stuff you can’t afford. Also, don’t forget to budget for the actual rent and deposit for the place you are moving to. 

Moving is a costly affair and without proper planning, you could end up staying at your parent’s place longer than you had anticipated. Start small by buying items while you still live with your parents. You will feel less stressed when the time to move comes.   

EABL, Formerly at BuyRentKenya
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