For many, the move to their first apartment is the first step into adulthood. The excitement of moving out of your parents home and into your new place can sometimes blind you to everything that goes into moving into your first apartment. Let’s buckle down and think about everything that goes into getting to your first apartment smoothly.
Finding the right apartment is key. Regardless of where you are moving to, you will want to determine the neighborhood you want to move to. Researching different areas will give you an idea of where things like shops and restaurants are. You can decided if you want to live near certain places. Commuting may also be a factor to consider. In your research you will want to keep your budget in mind too. As a general rule, you should allocate around 30% of your income for rent. Finding something less will allow you to put more into savings, but spending more than 30% can put stress on your bank account. Don’t fall in love with something you simply can’t afford.
There will be more fees when you first move too. Most apartment buildings will require an application fee. Typically a security deposit or the first month’s rent is due when you sign your lease as well. While these are added costs up front, you can get your security deposit back when you move out if you do not damage your apartment, and some places will offer deals on the application fee. If you are moving to a complex that has a garage you want to utilize or are bringing a furry friend, there will also be extra charges. Other needs, like utilities and internet and cable should be set up a head of time. You will not be happy if you get to an apartment with no electric. Your budget will need to keep all these fees in mind when apartment hunting.
Once you find the right place, you will need to prepare to move. With your first apartment, you will probably not have much furniture. This can be to your advantage because you might not need to hire a moving company. Most furniture stores are willing to deliver furniture you purchase to your apartment and do the heavy lifting for you. While furniture is expensive, you can often find discount stores that will offer sturdy, comfortable options without breaking the bank. You can also find unwanted furniture and items from friends and family. Some people are all too happy to get that couch sitting in the basement out of their home.
Once you have moved into your new home, the fun can begin. You will want to thoroughly clean your apartment. Most complexes or landlords will have professional cleaners come in prior to your move, but you will still probably encounter dust or missed spots. Then the unpacking can commence. This will be a long process putting away clothes and shoes, rearranging furniture, and hanging decorations and pictures. However, this is your home, so you are able to set it up to your liking.
Your first apartment is an exciting milestone. It may be a long and tiring process, but once you settle in it will be an amazing feeling to have your own place. Don’t forget about mom and dad though. It can be nice to return to your old dwelling for a home cooked meal and maybe some free laundry.