8 Things To Remember When Moving Into Your First Apartment

Few things in life are as exciting as taking a big step into the world of independence as you move into your first apartment. Whether you are subleasing, purchasing, or renting, you will find yourself moving into a home that allows you the freedom to design and decorate a living area that represents who you are and how you want to present yourself to the world. To help you create the best possible experience in your first apartment, here are a few tips you may find helpful.

Help

From two weeks to a month before you are scheduled to take possession of the apartment, ask your friends and family to set aside time on a prearranged day to help you move your possessions into your new home. Not only will having help allow you to move more quickly, but it will also make sure no one has questions about where you live.

Utilities

One of the most important aspects of apartment living is the use of utilities. Check with your building superintendent or landlord to see if any of the services are provided by the building because sometimes a portion of the essential services such as trash, water, and sewer are included in the monthly apartment fees, and you won’t need to arrange for the services. If you are moving into a new internet service area, check with a service provider like Starry to make sure they can set up internet service before you move into the building.

Cleaning

If you are lucky enough to get your keys before your scheduled move, take a few hours to clean the apartment. No matter how neat you believe the building is, there are always areas that need special attention and are easily forgotten. Check the top ledges of doorways and windows, edges of molding, under oven drawers, and on top of closet shelves. Another problem area is the top of the kitchen cupboards.

Keys

As soon as you get the keys from the landlord, and have done the required apartment walk-through, take time to make a copy of the keys and give them to a trusted friend or relative. You never know when a disaster may strike, such as your purse being stolen, your keys getting locked in your car, or losing your keyring. It is always a good idea to have someone you can trust hold onto an extra set of keys in case of emergencies.

Address

Don’t forget to change your address for mail delivery, credit cards, and bank accounts. You should also notify your employer, insurance company, health insurance, and the Department of Motor Vehicles about the change. Making sure everyone has your new address can prevent possible past-due bill related problems and lapses in services.

Neighbors

If you have never lived in an apartment before, you may find yourself in a world of nighttime noise that you are unfamiliar with. The midnight blaring music, stomping sounds of children, and muffled shouting that you sometimes hear can be puzzling. A great trick to quieting unexpected surrounding sounds is to run a loud fan for background noise – it really works.

Restrictions

If you are not the owner of the apartment, make sure you understand the building restrictions and limitations before making any changes to the paint, carpets, or building structure. Ask the landlord before you apply paint or removable wallpaper to any wall. If painting is not allowed, add colorful draperies, curtains, rugs, or throw pillows to make bold statements.

Extras

When you go to the store for your first apartment shopping spree, you may remember items like toilet paper, paper towels, and laundry soap; however, you may forget a few other essential items. Don’t forget to pick up cleaning supplies, a bathroom plunger, and a counter-top trivet. Some other objects you may find helpful can include a key rack, an entry table, a whiteboard, and a couple of new towels.

Whether you have been living with roommates or with your parents, moving into your own apartment can fill your world with new possibilities. Take time to make a list of necessary items as they cross your mind to prevent multiple visits to the neighborhood store during the first two or three days of apartment living. Most importantly, remember that you don’t have to complete the apartment decoration immediately. Take your time and customize your new living area as you discover what you love.

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