Support with moving in

It can be overwhelming moving into a new home, managing the running costs of a household and making sure you have what you need. We can provide support and signpost you to more help if you need it.


There are some great organisations in Essex, such as Lighthouse Furniture Project, which is a friendly charity that helps people on low incomes to furnish their homes. They sell second-hand and new items including furniture, electricals and white goods to help make your new place a home.

You can also find items on local selling sites and social media. For more recommendations and help please call us on 0300 555 0500 (text relay: 18001 0300 555 0500).

Managing costs

It’s important to budget for all the costs of running a home. This includes electric, gas, water, rent and council tax. Take a look at our Life skills page for where you can get help with saving money.

We also have support available to help you maximise your income and assist with applications for benefits. Check out our Benefit advice page for more information.

Moving in checklist

There are a few things to remember when moving into your new home.