Moving In: Why the Sofa Should Always be your First Purchase

When you purchase a new home having the keys handed to you is only step one – you need to start kitting out your property so it feels more like home.

You’ll have to by a sofa, beds, appliances, dining tables and more, so it makes sense to start thinking about what you’ll need to buy well in advance of the keys being handed over.

In the following paragraphs we’ll breakdown the primary things that you’ll need when you move in and we’ll also tell you why a good sofa should be first on your list!

The importance of a sofa

Many people will think things like a bed or a dining table should be first on their list, but actually a sofa is much more important.


Its natural that you won’t be able to get everything you need delivered to your new home on the day you move in, there could be delays and you might have cash flow issues.

A sofa isn’t just somewhere for you to sit whilst you are watching TV. It serves many other purposes as well, and it is for this reason that you should make sure it is the first item to come through your door.

Let’s say your bed is delayed and you have nowhere to sleep, a few nights on the sofa will be fine. Furthermore, what if you don’t have the money for a dining room table just yet? Well, you can sit on the sofa and eat in front of the TV (just remember to buy a tray).

As you can see, a sofa can be used as an alternative in many situations and it is for this reason why you want it to be the first thing that arrives on moving day.

Now that you know more about their importance, make sure you purchase your sofa well in advance and arrange delivery in time for when you move in.

What else will you need?

Once you have a sofa there are a number of other fixtures and fittings that you’ll need soon after you move in.


There is only so long that you’ll be happy to sleep on the sofa – nothing compares to a nice warm bed at the end of the day.


You are going to have a fair amount of clothes (especially if there is more than one of you moving in), so you’ll want to have a place to store everything quickly. Wardrobes and draws can be purchased no matter what your budget. If money is tight, think about heading down to the local charity shop, they are bound to have something that you can sand down and make look as good as new.


The first area that most home buyers look at to add their own stamp on is the kitchen. In fact, redeveloping a kitchen can add considerable value to your property so it is definitely something worth considering.

If you are thinking about making some changes to yours, a reputable kitchen designer will be able to work with you to produce a beautiful space.

Don’t forget to make sure that you have some essential appliances ready for when you move in – even just a microwave so you can cook some dinner.

Plates and cutlery

What good is having a place to cook food if you have nothing to eat it with or from? That’s why plates and cutlery should also be near the top of your list. If you are someone who likes designer cutlery but can’t afford it until the next paycheck, there is no harm in popping down to the local supermarket and buying a few items from their value range until you get on your feet.

A removal van

This should go without saying, but if you have a lot of items that you are moving in yourself, don’t forget to book a removal truck well in advance. The last thing you want to do is have to go back and forth from your old property or a lockup because you only have enough space in one car for all your items.

You should now have a much clearer idea of what you’ll need when you move in. A sofa should be at the top of your list but it could also be a good idea to have a think about everything you need and adding them to a list in order of priority.

Erin Emanuel