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The time has finally arrived to make plans for moving into your first apartment. How exciting! Whether you’re moving from your parents’ house or this is your first place after living in a college dorm, your first apartment signals a rite of passage. Just like any major milestone in life, moving into your first apartment can be overwhelming and confusing. The good news is that we have a few tips to make your move a successful one.
The very first step in moving into your first apartment is to create an accurate, realistic budget so that you know what you can afford. Take some time to write down your monthly expenses so you can figure out a reasonable amount that you can pay for rent. You’ll want to include:
What if your expenses aren’t the same every month? Just try to estimate what the average cost is. Once you’ve added up all of your monthly expenses, subtract the total from your net monthly income. This will tell you how much money you’ll have left over once all of your expenses have been accounted for.
What features are a must have in your first apartment? A fitness center? Covered parking? An outdoor pool? Think about what’s most important to you. If you’re searching online, filter by the features that you want the most. Make a list of the buildings you’d like to see, then contact the rental manages to schedule a tour. Try to visit more than once at different times of the day to get a feel for the community.
Don’t sign the lease until you have fully read it and understand it completely. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Notice the sections that could be relevant to you, such as any late fees, visitor policies, or pet restrictions.
You probably won’t need or want to take all of your belongings with you to your new place. As you pack, figure out what you no longer need. Consider donating anything that is still useful and in good shape so that someone else can make use of it. Maybe you could leave some of the more sentimental items with your parents.
As you move into your first apartment, you’ll find that storage space is limited. If you discover you need more space for your stuff after you move, consider renting a storage unit before the big day!
Storage World has locations in Jonesboro, GA and Decatur, GA on Panthersville Rd and Flat Shoals Pkwy. We have a variety of personal storage solutions for you to choose from, including free use of our moving truck with storage rental for your move!