Moving to a new house provides you the freedom to furnish and design a house that totally expresses you, whether you're renting or finalizing on a purchase. Before you start packing, keep in mind that moving into your first apartment comes with a lot of obligations. Read on to see what you may need when moving to your new apartment - Wishing you luck and a smooth transition!
1. Paint the walls a fresh coat of paint
Customize your first apartment by painting the walls with a fresh coat of paint. If you're renting, make sure you get permission from your landlord beforehand. Peelable and changeable wallpaper is another way to inject personality and excitement into a rental. Landlords usually approve this wallpaper because it can be simply removed once you move.
2. Set up the necessary utilities
If you're purchasing your first home, you'll need to contact all utility companies a few weeks before the move to arrange for installation dates and hours. Cable and internet, water and sewer, gas, electricity, satellite, security system, trash, and phone are all examples of utilities. While some utility services (such as internet service) can be set up a week or two after move, others must be put up on packing day or even the day before (such as electricity, water and gas).
3. Spruce up your front door
Do you want to make a positive first impression on your friends and visitors? Wall hooks, organized shelves, baskets, shoe racks, and/or umbrella stands can all help to brighten up your foyer. All of these entryway decorations provide a place to store your possessions while also enhancing the appearance of your property.
4. Get cleaning supplies
Before putting furniture inside your flat, give it a thorough cleaning. Vacuum and mop all rooms, clean all surfaces, and thoroughly clean the bathrooms. When buying materials, don't forget to obtain disinfection wipes and spray, and also vacuum bags and soap.
5. Make an extra set of keys
Remember to order an extra set of keys for your unit. You might end up locked out one of these days if you don't do something. In case of an emergency, it's a good idea to maintain a set with a respected friend or family member.
6. Purchase furniture
Measure the length of the rooms before moving into your first residence. This way, you'll be able to see if your existing furniture will fit. Most people who are moving into their first apartment will need to buy a few basic furniture pieces. If you're on a budget, consider purchasing a decent couch and bed. The rest can be acquired at local consignment shops or donation centers.
7. Keep a spare pair of linens and towels handy
Have an additional set or two of towels and sheets available to prevent washing the same ones over and over. This will also be useful if you decide to entertain guests in your place.
8. Get to know your neighbors
Living in an apartment entails sharing space with others. Introduce yourself to your immediate neighbors when you move in to make the transition easier. This will not only offer a sense of togetherness (and new friends!), but it will also be immensely appreciated by your neighbors.
9. Obtain a toolbox
Purchase a tool box to carry with you to the new house if you've not already. Even a small, portable one is preferable to none at all. All of the fasteners, hammers, and screwdrivers required to hang wall decor, assemble furniture, and remedy mistakes in the home should be included in tool kits. Of course, for more complicated repairs, we recommend hiring a professional handyman. Basic adjustments, though, should be possible for you with your handy toolbox.
10. Change your mailing address
Remember to notify your bank as soon as you move into your first apartment. Make sure your credit card information is updated to reflect your new billing address. Also, don't forget to inform your friends and family that you've relocated.
11. Schedule trash pick-up days
Because garbage and recycling pickup days differ from city to city, make sure to inquire with your neighbors. For further information, contact your city's sanitation agency.
12. Take a look around your neighborhood
Get out of the house and see what your new community has to offer. To obtain a solid feel of where you are and what's around you, take a walk, drive, or ride your bike around the neighborhood. Try to find out where museums, libraries, grocery stores, parks, schools, hardware stores, hospitals, and pharmacies are in the area.
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