You have finally found the perfect apartment in a brand new city. This is your first time away from home and your big chance to show your family that you’re an adult. While moving is certainly exciting, it can be stressful, too.
If you’re nervous about your big transition, a little preparation beforehand will make life easier. Keep reading to find our apartment moving checklist to help you become a smart mover.
1. Find the Right Apartment
The first thing you need to do is find the right apartment for your needs. Give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect space. The last thing you want is to rush into your move only to find the apartment is overrun with bugs or in a shady neighborhood.
Consider your budget and the location of any potential apartments. How far would your commute to work be? Can you afford to pay the rent?
Research the neighborhood to determine if it’s safe. Most cities have crime maps that allow you to scale down to specific neighborhoods.
Don’t limit yourself to scouring Kijiji for a place to live. You can find apartments, condos, and 2 flats for sale online or in newspapers.
2. Get the Right Furniture
Just because you can survive on hand-me-down furniture like your Grandma’s worn-out sofa from 1981 doesn’t mean you should. Buying furniture for your first apartment can be pricy, but there are some key pieces you should invest in.
A high-quality mattress is non-negotiable. A worn-out or lumpy mattress might save you a few bucks, but it’ll cost you in the long run. Bite the bullet and invest in something that’ll save your back.
A sofa is another great piece of furniture to invest in. You need somewhere cozy to lounge out after a hard day’s work, after all. You can find great second-hand sofas with a lot of life left in them online and at thrift stores.
3. Hire Quality Movers
If you don’t have a handful of friends to help you on moving day, you’ll need to hire a local moving company. Ask around to see which companies people in your area are recommending. Read Google reviews and get a few quotes from different options.
4. Buy the Essentials
If this is your first time on your own, you may be surprised to see how unprepared you are. When you live with your family, you have access to all the basics you need. Now that you’re moving out, you’ll need to buy these items for yourself.
Here’s our basic home moving checklist, complete with all you’ll need on moving day:
- trash cans (minimum 2)
- kitchen towels
- bath towels
- toolkit (bring the basics and build your collection as you go)
- toilet paper
- shower curtain and curtain hooks
- bedsheets and comforter
- clothes hangers
- dustpan and broom
- cleaning supplies
- batteries (for things like your remote and smoke detectors)
Enjoy a Smooth Apartment Moving Day
We hope our checklist makes your apartment moving day a breeze. You only get one first apartment so enjoy every moment of your newfound freedom!
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