Moving into your first apartment should be an exciting experience. Of course, if you’ve never lived on your own before, it’s easy to forget about purchasing things you’re likely to need, sooner rather than later.
Whether that’s cheap renters insurance for your apartment or kitchen basics, this checklist will help you avoid that. If you’re getting ready to move into your first apartment, remember to bring the following:
The nicest apartment in the world isn’t inviting if you don’t have a cosy place to sleep. Although you may think you’ll be comfortable in a sleeping bag until you’re all moved in, it’s smarter to get a bed, mattress, and all necessary bedding (sheets, pillows, etc.) before moving in. You’re going to want to relax at the end of a long day, spent organising your new space.
Most renters don’t need huge tool boxes since landlords will usually handle the more complicated repair and maintenance tasks. That said, it’s still a good idea to invest in a basic tool kit that includes a hammer, screwdriver, screws of varying sizes, pliers, and utility knife.
Maybe you purchased a new desk for your new space. Unfortunately, when putting it together, you might find you need certain tools to complete the job. You’ll be left with half a desk if you don’t have them on hand.
Additionally, you might want to hang posters, photos, and other wall-mounted fixtures. You’re going to need the proper equipment in order to do so.
It’s also a good idea to bring along a stool/steps. When mounting something on a wall or putting away items in cabinets, there are likely going to be instances when you need to step up on something in order to reach a high spot. This may happen frequently throughout your time living in your new apartment. You’ll be glad you brought a stool/steps when it does.
Don’t forget to bring along a shower curtain the first day you move in! Get a washable one to save money in the long run. Instead of replacing your shower curtain every time it gets too dirty, you can clean it the way you would clean laundry, reducing spending.
You’re also going to need toilet paper, toothpaste, and related bathroom essentials the first day. Stock up on these now and replenish your supplies when necessary to avoid unexpectedly running out.
The bathroom and kitchen are two rooms you’ll almost certainly be using the first day you live in your new apartment. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with cutlery, plates, any utensils you need to prepare food, paper towels, napkins, and dish soap or detergent. Although you can add to your collection of kitchen items in the future as you get a better sense of your needs, it’s important to at least be able to prepare and eat basic meals right away. If you don’t have these items on hand, you could waste a lot of money on takeout.
Purchasing certain furnishings before moving in is also a good idea. You don’t want your apartment to be entirely bare aside from a few basics.
You may be considering moving into a furnished apartment. There are some benefits to going this route; it’s certainly more convenient. However, it deprives you of the freedom to choose your own decor, and it may result in a higher security deposit and greater liability.
The major appeal of a furnished apartment is short-term savings. However, there are places you can buy your own furnishings for less than you would typically spend. Check second-hand stores; browse Craigslist (just make sure you thoroughly inspect the furniture for signs of bed bugs before purchasing it); sign up for apps and memberships with popular affordable furniture retailers if they provide alerts about discounts. Getting decor for your apartment simply doesn’t need to be as expensive as you might think.
Odds are good you won’t have storage for all your possessions in the apartment. Instead, you’ll need to buy containers that can be kept under the bed or in closets. Use these to house any items you want to have on hand, but don’t think you’re going to need on a daily basis. You might also want to rent a storage unit if you’re moving into a fairly cramped space.
Again, as you adjust to living in an apartment, you’ll find out what other items you need. These are simply the essentials you want to have ready for the first day. The experience of moving in is far more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about making major last-minute purchases.