There are a few things that are more exciting than moving to your very first apartment! Whether you sign a lease or close a deal, moving to a new pad gives you the opportunity to decorate and build a home that represents you at its fullest. Beware that moving to a first apartment comes with a lot of expectations before packing up your stuff though. Read our recommendations below for useful first tips on apartments, as well as a rundown of what you may need to make your room feel like home.
Paint your apartment
Customize your apartment by applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls. If you are renting, be sure to ask your landlord first for permission. The application of peelable and removable wallpaper is another means of infusing personality and fun into a rental. As this wallpaper can be removed quickly after you move, landlords usually allow it.
Know about your mail situation
Do you have a neighborhood mailbox center at your apartment building where you pick up your mail? And does your flat have its own mail slot in the door? Is a doorman collecting parcels while you're out? Or do you need a neighbor to ask you to pick them up? You'll want to check if mail and parcels are left outside of your house, too. If they are, you might want to consider setting up a postal box. These kinds of mailboxes are within a post office and are safe and secure. Even several post office locations provide extended operating hours and 24-hour mail service.
Buy cleaning supplies
Give a thorough cleaning of your apartment before you bring the furniture inside. Ensure sure all floors, dust surfaces, and toilets are properly vacuumed and mopped. Don't forget to pick up spray and disinfectant wipes as well as vacuum bags and soap when buying supplies.
Buy furniture that fits in your new apartment
Before moving to your first apartment make sure you take space measurements. This way, you can figure out whether or not your existing furniture fits. Most people who move to a first apartment will have to buy at least a few basic pieces of furnishings. Consider investing in a cozy sofa and bed, if on a budget. The rest can be found in the consignment stores or local donation shops.
Plan for utilities
If you are purchasing your first apartment, you will need to call all service providers a couple of weeks before moving to schedule installation dates and times after moving in. Utilities include cable and internet, water and sewer, gas, electricity, security, telephone, etc.