If you are looking to move into your first apartment, you should be prepared for what's to come. After all, this is a big change from living at your parent's home to an apartment of your own. Here are four tips to consider:
- Have Enough Money Set Aside: When you move into an apartment, you aren't going to have time to come up with the first month's rent. You are going to have to pay the first month's rent as soon as you move in. On top of this, your apartment manager is likely going to ask for a deposit, which can be as much as the first month's rent. Don't forget about moving expenses, as well. Since you are moving for the first time, you likely don't have very much of your own stuff, but you may still consider hiring professional movers who can make the move less stressful and help you get settled into your first place more quickly.
- Don't Forget Furniture: When you move into your first apartment, you need the three basic pieces of furniture, which would be a bed, couch, and dining room table. This gives you enough seating, which is important when having people over but even more important if you are living with more than one person. This also ensures that you don't end up sleeping on the floor your first night in your new apartment. The best way to ensure that you have this furniture on the day you move in is to utilize the delivery service of the furniture company you purchase from. They can schedule the delivery to be on the day you move in. If the furniture store doesn't offer this service, consider using your truck rental to pick up the furniture before you move everything else.
- Go to the Dollar Store: Seriously, take a trip to the dollar store the day before you move. The dollar store will have plenty of items that you need, such as storage boxes (which will be helpful during the move), dishes, drinking cups, cleaning supplies, and more. It's best to stock up on this stuff now and move it all at the same time you are moving everything else.
- Buy Food: On the day of the move, you should consider making a special trip to the grocery store just for the basics, such as milk, frozen dinners, cereal, and more. This way you have breakfast ready for your first day in your new place and you don't have to eat out, which is just another moving expense you want to avoid. Doing this is going to save you money, which is important when moving into your first place on your own.
When you consider these four tips for moving into your first apartment, you can be sure that you get the move done as successfully as possible.