Top 5 things to buy after moving (and only after moving)

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Moving your possessions from one home to another means that you should already have the most essential things with you so that you can start living in the new place without any serious problems or unexpected issues.

However, moving absolutely all of your household items to the new home will prove to be very expensive, and is often completely unnecessary. If you can only sit down and think about what is really worth moving and what to buy after moving, then the informed decision will enable you to better manage your moving budget.

Moving everything you own between two homes is often a big mistake. In that case, the much more elegant solution will be to just buy some of the things after the move. That way, you’ll be sure to save yourself packing time, transportation money, and new-home space.

Here are the top 5 things to buy after moving into a new home.


Without a doubt, one important question that you will keep asking yourself throughout the preparation period is whether or not to move your furniture, and if yes, how many of the pieces will be worth the packing trouble and transportation costs.

It’s almost never easy to provide a good answer to that essential question. The major problem with moving large and heavy furniture pieces is that their substantial weight and huge size will increase greatly the final relocation bill. As a result, packing and transporting a piece of furniture may cost you more than to purchase that same furniture brand new after the move – something that is often the case when moving across the country.

Do the math before the move and don’t waste your money transporting some of your old furniture. Take into account the practical value, sentimental value and monetary value of a furniture piece before deciding what to do with it. Also, request in-home inspections from professional movers to get a rough estimate about how much moving each furniture item will cost.

IKEA furniture is rarely worth moving, and so are other pieces that have zero sentimental value for you. Some larger furniture items may not fit through the doors and hallways in the new home, or they may not sit well with the rest of the home décor.

See also: Move your furniture or buy new after the move?

Major appliances

The major appliances in your home are rather bulky and super heavy, which automatically means that you’re going to have to pay good money to transport any of them to the new home. Take a closer look at your washer, dryer, dishwasher and stove and try to determine whether paying to move those large appliances will make any sense under your unique relocation circumstances.

If some of your home appliances are brand-new or relatively new and you’re moving locally, then yes, it may be reasonable to take them with you despite the extra costs. After all, why leave behind your almost new washing machine when you know you’ll need to purchase a new one immediately after you move into the new residence?

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What to buy after moving to a new home? Consider purchasing some of the major appliances after the move to avoid paying too much for transporting your old ones. Another bonus of buying some of the large and heavy appliances after the move is that you’ll be able to take into consideration their dimensions so that they can fit better into the configuration of the new apartment or house.

Read also: How to move household appliances easily and safely

Area rugs

Unless you’re moving a really expensive and valuable area rug such as a hand-made Persian one, paying to pack and move your ordinary well-used rugs is seldom a good option from a financial point of view. The problem with taking your rugs with you is that you never really know what they will look like in the new home until you position them on the floor. And when you do, you may not like the final result.

Keep in mind that area rugs tend to be high on the list of things to buy after moving simply because you’ll find it really hard to visualize whether the sizes, colors, and patterns of the rugs you’ve got in the old home will fit perfectly in the new residence. And that is the main reason why it makes sense to leave behind those old rugs and purchase new ones upon arriving in the new home.

In fact, buying a single beautiful and high-quality area rug after the move can be the starting point for decorating an entire room, including choosing the right type and colors of the furniture pieces. It’ll take time to turn the new place into your dream home, and you can never go wrong with getting a lovely area rug after moving.

Good advice: How to pack area rugs for moving


Plants – both indoor and outdoor ones – are really hard to move between two homes, especially when you’re moving long distance. In fact, plants are very high on the list of the most difficult things to move due to their fragile nature.

It’s important to keep in mind that plants that thrived in your old home may easily get stressed out during the actual transportation and never adjust to the new environment in the new home. Some of your more delicate plants may not even survive the move itself despite the preparation efforts you’ve invested.

It’s understandable that you’ll want to take some of your favorite plants with you, but you should also know that professional movers are not allowed to move plants. As a result, you’re going to have to move the leafy companions in your own car – a risky endeavor that may prove to be a serious mistake.

So, why would you want to risk killing your lovely plants by moving them to a new home, often in a climate zone different from yours? Consider giving them to friends or neighbors, or donating them to local hospitals, schools, kindergartens, and nursery homes. And then, once you’ve unpacked and settled in the new home, buy yourself new indoor or outdoor plants to care for and enjoy.

Might be useful: How to move with plants


No matter how you look at it, food is definitely one of the things to buy after moving and not before. Packing and moving all the food supplies you have in your old home can often be a waste of time because the extra shipping costs you’ll incur will often not cover the cost of the food items themselves.

So, why bother moving any food at all?

The idea is to start using up your food supplies well before the day of the move and limit your trips to the grocery store as much as possible. Inventory all food items in your fridge and pantry to decide their fate.

It makes much more sense to donate most or all of your non-perishable food (mostly canned goods) to a local food bank or charitable organizations (Move for Hunger, for example) than to pay for its transportation. And you must know by now that professional moving companies won’t move perishables of any type either.

And then, once in your new apartment or house, feel free to schedule a huge grocery store run to replenish your food supplies. By doing that, you’ll also get familiar with the good supermarkets in your new area so that you’ll have a much better idea where to do your grocery shopping in the future.

Good to know: What to do with food when moving

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