So, you’re looking to buy or build your first home – and there’s a lot to get organised. We know how daunting it can be, so we’ve put together the ultimate checklist for you to use when you’re looking to move into your first home.

Instead of bulk buying from the likes of Kmart or IKEA the day you’re moving in, it’s worthwhile planning ahead and buying some of the necessities in advance. Not only will this reduce impulse buying down the track, but it will also help alleviate some of the financial stress of buying everything at once.

Downloadable First Home Buyer Checklist: First Home Buyer Checklist PDF (100KB)

Step One: Start collecting essential items while still living at home. If you’re almost ready to leave the nest, grab yourself  some packing boxes and start gradually purchasing the below items. We’ve broken it down for you room by room to simplify the process.




 Cutlery Set (Knives, Forks Spoons)
 Crockery Set (Bowls, Plates, Mugs)
 Glassware (inc. Wine Glasses)
 Chopping Boards
 Knife Block Set
 Measuring Cups
 Mixing Bowls
 Salad Bowls
 Tuppaware Containers
 Oven Trays
 Baking Tins
 Oven Mit
 Salt/Pepper Shakers
 Rubbish Bin
 Bottle Opener
 Can Opener
 Ice Cube Trays
 Salad Servers
 Wooden Spoon
 Rolling Pin
 Cooling Rack
 Kitchen Scoop
 Drying Rack
 Tea Towels 




 Bath Towels/Sheets
 Hand Towels
 Face Washers
 Bath Caddy
 Shower Caddy
 Toilet Roll Holder
 Toilet Brush
 Draw Dividers
 Toothbrush Holder
 Soap Dispenser
 Rubbish Bin
 Bathroom Scale




 Sheet Sets
 Duvet Cover
 Mattress Protector
 Coat Hangers
 Door Hooks
 Accessory Organiser
 Underbed Storage




 Laundry Basket
 Clothes Horse
 Ironing Board
 Laundry Hamper


Everything Else


 Dust Pan & Brush
 Broom (Indoor & Outdoor)
 Cleaning Cloths
 Extension Cords
 Power Boards
 Welcome Mat
 Wall Hooks
 First Aid Kit
 Tape Measure




 Throw Blankets
 Storage Tubs
 Photo Frames


Step Two: Research electronics both online and in-store. Read their reviews, assess the warranties and plan your purchases for when you are ready to move in.




 Coffee Machine
 Electric Mixer
 Sandwich Press
 Washing Machine
 Lawn Mower

Step Three: Buy your key furniture pieces. Take your room measurements and head down to your local homemaker centre! Keep in mind that most furniture items will need to be custom made or ordered in advance. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for – ask if they can have it delivered the day or week you move in!




 Kitchen Stools
 Dining Chairs
 Dining Table
 Sofa & Ottoman
 TV Unit
 Storage Unit
 Bedside Tables
 Desk & Desk Chair
 Coffee Table
 Side Tables

Step Four: It’s time to move in. Your first grocery shop is going to be a little pricey – but once you’ve purchased all the essential items, your future shopping trips will be far less expensive. While you’ll be eager to fully stock your fridge and pantry – here are some additional staples that you’ll need to purchase:


Grocery List


 Hand Soap
 Shampoo & Conditioner
 Soap/Shower Gel
 Toothbrush & Toothpaste
 Toilet Paper
 Room Freshener
 Paper Towel
 Dishwashing Detergent
 Washing Powder/Liquid
 Dishwasher Tablets
 Multipurpose Cleaning Spray
 Window Cleaner
 Multipurpose Wipes
 Insect Repellent/Insecticide
 Throat Lozenges

Downloadable First Home Buyer Checklist: First Home Buyer Checklist PDF (100KB)

If you're a first home buyer looking for more information, head over to our First Home Buyer page for a range of helpful resources to help you on your way to building your dream home.