Essential Appliances To Set Up When You Move

January 20, 2023
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Key takeaways:

  • Setting up appliances like fridges first can help you cut costs on food and ensure you don’t eat spoiled food.
  • Installing a washing machine or a dishwasher will also allow you to make sure that the water and drainage systems are intact or make repairs if needed.
  • Make a checklist and buy new appliances according to the space and usage in your new home.

Moving house can be hectic. Emotions like excitement and sadness may overwhelm you when you’re leaving your old place filled with memories into a new and different environment.

So, it is important to know the essential appliances to set up when you move to declutter and speed up the entire moving process, especially if it is your first time.

5 household appliances to set up when you move out

If you don’t have these home appliances, you should know that you have some serious shopping to do. While these essential appliances come at the top of your moving checklist, some might not be easy to move.

So, you might need to employ a moving company to ensure the moving process is easy.

1. Fridge

At the top of our home checklist is the fridge or a large freezer. It is one of the most important household appliances. 

Moving in is a lengthy process and you might not always remember to buy food on time. However, if you can order extra food and store it in the fridge then it would help you save time and money. Also, it is a great way to ensure that you can fully enjoy the food that your new neighbours might bring you. 

Fridges come in different sizes. It all depends on how much food you’d be storing every day and your food supply.

If you are shopping for a new fridge, consider the amount of space that would be occupied by the fridge, how cold it could get, and how long its coldness lasts in case of a power cut

A standard fridge with a 400L storage capacity ranges from $1000 to $2000. But you could get fridges at a cheaper price.

2. Washing machine 

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Another essential house appliance is your washing machine. Moving in is messy; you might get your clothes dirty due to the dirt, spillage, and rough handling during moving. Plus, it feels good to sleep on clean sheets when you sleep in your new home for the first time. 

Thus, getting a durable washing machine and setting it up first will allow you to relax and take your mind off the mess.

It will also save you from trips to the laundromat in the new area or the hassle of hand-washing essential clothes.

Washing machines are quite affordable as you could get one between $200 to $500. 

3. Drying machine

Along with your washing machine, you should also get a dryer. These two are a power pair as you can conveniently wash and dry your clothes. If you stay in rainy or cold areas, sun-drying isn’t the best way to dry your clothes. 

Moreover, if you’re worried about space, you can purchase a washer-dryer machine. This machine is a simple combination of both machines. 

Although the washer-dryer comes with limited capacity, you can go for this option if you don’t wash plenty of clothes or live alone in your new apartment.

The standard standalone clothes dryer machine costs about $250 to $1800. The hybrid washer-dryer combo price ranges from $700 to $4000. 

4. Vacuum cleaner

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Made a mess while moving in? Your vacuum cleaner should be on standby at all times. 

The ideal cleaner cleans off dust and other allergens from carpets, tiles, vinyl floors, and hardwood. If you are getting a new cleaner, you should get one that is most suited for your floor type

They come in different sizes and types (barrel cleaner, wireless and upright types), so you have a wide variety to choose from. 

You can get super affordable vacuum cleaners especially if you’re working on a tight budget. The average cost of a standard vacuum cleaner is around $100 to $200.

5. Dishwasher

Knowing that you have to clean up your dishes after you cook meals can be tiring especially when you are tired from carrying boxes all day. This is why installing a dishwasher is one of the first things to do while moving in. 

If you lack the space to keep one, you can get a portable-sized dishwasher. The user-friendly benchtop dishwasher is a good example of a convenient small appliance. 

You could simply plug it into electricity after filling it with water and dishwashing soap. If you have more than enough kitchen space to spare, you can purchase a half-sized or single dishwasher. 

The standard dishwasher from a reputable brand costs a regular retail price of $200 to $3500. 

You can get other basic household appliances like 

  • kitchen packages (electric kettle and toaster), 
  • microwave oven, 
  • gas or electric cooker, 
  • portable air conditioners, 
  • television set, 
  • slow cooker, 
  • coffee machine, 
  • hand mixer, 
  • blender, 
  • portable heater, 
  • stand mixer etc

Liked learning about essential appliances?

With the help of our moving guide, we hope you can make a more informed decision on your essential appliances. But feel free to check out our home renting section for more guides and tips.

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