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You’ve decided to move into your first apartment. A step you’ll remember as one that moved you closer to more options and independence in your adult life.
Welcome to the rentors’ side.
This transition is challenging on a number of levels, but the following information will take any of the unknown and logistical stressors off your plate.
You need to be focusing on making your new apartment a home, cherishing the adventure of this new transition, and exploring your new town or city. Not stressing out over losing your dream apartment because you didn’t have right documents prepared. Or wasting money on another circular wooden cheese board that, you may think will add chic to your new apartment, but will actually just add clutter.
So take a look at the guide and checklist below for all the details on how to find, land, and fill your first apartment.
Everything you need to know: First Apartment Guide
This first step consists of mainly financial preparation.
Moving into your own apartment usually requires more responsibility and bills than you may be used to in your current living situation.
So here are three ways to make sure you are fully prepared to claim the apartment you want.
Sounds like too much? Not if you’re prepared!
Saving up in advance, though not always absolutely crucial, will open up a lot more options for you as you search around for your new dream home. If saving up this much cash is out of the question, don’t sweat it. In the next section we will explain how to find an apartment that fits your needs, wants, and budget.
Let’s dive right back into finances.
Other than location, finances will be the most defining parameter while you’re looking for a place to live. As explained above, spending time to save and maintaining a steady income will allow you to look at more options.
But maybe you don’t have or don’t want to spend that much on rent. So here are seven options to seek out if you’re wanting to stick to a stricter budget:
Not that you’ve addressed the financial component and found the range of apartments that fit your needs and your budget, lets move a little closer with these three tips.
THE NEW HOME
Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few, you’ll want to claim the space as your own before someone else snags it.
Here are seven steps to make a turn a just a potential apartment into your new home.
3. Read through the lease. Thoroughly. Before you fill out your application read through the lease to make sure you’re on the same page as the landlord. Don’t sign it unless you agree and are willing to adhere to the lease, which will act as a contract between you both.
Once you’ve applied, been approved, and signed the lease, the apartment is yours!
Follow the remaining steps to insure a smooth transition into your new home.
4. Agree on the schedule. Determine with your landlord how early you can move in. They may allow you to move your things in a few days before your lease start date, but they may also charge you a fee.
5. Document any damage. Before you move in, inspect the apartment and take pictures of any damage done by a previous tenant. Bring it to the attention of the landlord or building manager immediately to avoid losing your security deposit when you move out.
6 . Make the move. Hire professional movers, ask friends for help, or do the deed yourself. If you’re stressed about this process, which is a big step in itself, look over this blog post, which will give you a step-by-step guide in how to find the help you need when moving.
7. Set up utilities and change your address. Call up your selected utility providers (water, power, internet, phone, etc.) and give them the needed information (like your billing info, new address, and date you’ll be moving in). Change your address on any profiles, memberships, and important documents (if you’re moving out of state, you’ll have to get an updated license and license plate). Finally, remember to alert friends, family, doctors, clubs, and communities of your move and new address.
Everything you need to have: First Apartment Essentials Checklist
Before you lose your remaining money on an unbridled shopping spree at Target, hit the pause button and consider what you need and what you love when deciding how to fill your new home.
Here is the most important tip we have:
Take. . . your. . . time.
Not only time to shop, but also time to reflect on what matters most to you. Make sure what you purchase serves a purpose, and buy with intention.
Consider the starting with the following list…
We understand that moving into your own place is a huge step and a great accomplishment.
And we also know that it can be stressful. If you’re struggling with stress or if you worry about feeling at home in your new apartment, here’s a helpful guide that addresses the stress and sadness that many people experience during a big move.
And know that here at Bellhops, we work every day to make your move happy, smooth, and stress free.