The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Your First Apartment

Couple With Boxes Moving Into New Home SmilingGetting your first apartment is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. While packing everything up that you own might seem like a daunting task, there are ways you can organize your first move away from home so that it isn’t so overwhelming.

Start the Process Early

Whether you are moving just a few blocks from home or to another city or state, you need to plan early. Hire a moving company or set up a rental for a moving truck as soon as possible. Sort through everything you own and decide what you want to move to the new place and what you can live without. Make a pile to donate or throw away. This will help save time and hassle during the move and make sure your new apartment is clutter-free.

Stock Up on Moving Supplies

There are multiple places to buy moving supplies and you don’t need to worry about buying them from the moving company — unless you want to. You can get boxes from grocery stores and liquor stores where they have them in abundance. You’ll also want to get bubble wrap, newspaper and moving tape. Some stores also sell complete moving kits, like Costco, so that you have everything you need to pack up your home and move without going to multiple places to get the items you need.

Label and Pack in an Organized Manner

As you pack, do so room by room. Keep everything orderly and make sure you label every box. You don’t have to list everything in the box, but create a quick summary so when you go to unpack you know what needs to be unpacked first.

Create an Overnight Bag

You should have an overnight bag with your necessities that you cannot pack in a box. This should include a change or two of clothes, toiletries and anymedications you need on a daily basis.

Change Your Address

Change your address with the post office, your employer, and financial institutions as soon as possible. You will want to at least give them a few weeks’ notice so that they have time to change it on their end before you actually relocate.

Have a Moving Checklist

There are plenty of moving checklists out there for first time apartment renters. Use a checklist to see what you should bring, what you should leave behind etc.

See What You Need to Supply

Most apartments come with the necessities like a refrigerator, dishwasher and stove. But you may need to bring things like a microwave or washer/dryer (if there are hook-ups in the unit).

Measure Before You Move

Check out the new apartment a few times and measure to make sure the furniture you have will fit. It is best to measure ahead of time than realize your furniture won’t fit in your new apartment on moving day.

Mar 2014