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Tips on moving into a new apartment

Moving into a new apartment doesn’t need to be intimidating with our checklist

Whether you’re going to be enjoying apartment living for the first time, or you’re moving into a new apartment, it can be a little overwhelming. After all, you’re taking your whole life and putting it into a moving box. However, moving to a new place doesn’t have to be a huge source of stress. Read on to explore our moving into a new apartment checklist, complete with helpful tips to make it easier to move into your perfect apartment.

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Should I move to a new apartment?

You might be wondering whether it’s time to find a new home in a different apartment complex. Asking yourself a few simple questions can help you decide whether it’s time to start the moving process.

Have you outgrown your current apartment?

Maybe that modest studio apartment is feeling a little too “cozy,” or you might have started living with someone. Either way, it might be time to start researching a new apartment building.

Has your budget changed?

Moving apartments is a good option if you can no longer afford your current rent due to coronavirus-related circumstances. In contrast, you may also want to move if you’re able to afford an apartment that’s a little more luxurious.

Your commute (or something else about where you live) is inconvenient?

Life is too short to deal with frustrations like an overly long commute or an annoying roommate or landlord.

It’s also perfectly fine to think about moving into a new apartment if you just feel like it’s the right time. Sometimes, you can’t exactly put your finger on why you want to move to another apartment, city, or state, but you know it’s the right decision for you. The moving process isn’t always easy, but it’s rewarding. Your apartment building should do more than comfortably hold your belongings. It should give you a great space to live comfortably and be in your dream location.

How much should you have saved before moving into an apartment?

When moving to a new apartment, the first step on your checklist should be to consider the financial side. Start by thinking about how much you make and how much you currently have saved. This can help you determine what type of apartment you can afford. However, more than just the monthly rent of an apartment complex should factor into the equation.

You’ll also need to consider a one-time security deposit (and a pet deposit if you have furry friends) as well as monthly electrical costs, an internet and cable bill, and renter’s insurance. In some cases, you might also have to pay monthly gas and water bills if your landlord doesn’t cover them. You may also have to pay additional fees for pets, garbage pickup and parking. As a result, before you sign a lease, do your research to find out what monthly utilities you’ll have to pay as a renter and how much your security deposit will be.

After learning how much it will cost to live in a new apartment, you’ll want to think about whether it’s within your budget. A popular guideline suggests that your monthly rent shouldn’t be more than one-third of your monthly income. This means that you can afford an apartment that costs $1,000 a month if your monthly income is $3,000. You might want to consider saving more money if you plan on moving during coronavirus. With the uncertainty surrounding vaccines and the economy, we recommend choosing an affordable space when moving. 

Can I move from one apartment to another?

You have several options when you want to move into a new apartment. You can hire a moving company, rent a moving truck or simply move your belongings in your own car. Choosing the option that is right for you will depend on your budget, how much stuff you need to move, and how far you’ll be moving. What if you want to move to another state? Our guide on how to move to another state can help you make your big move. 

Helpful tip: A moving checklist will make moving day less stressful. Once you decide how you’ll be moving into a new apartment, you should make a moving checklist of all the packing supplies you’ll need to get your belongings there on moving day. This includes cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape and trash bags.

What do you need to do when you move into a new apartment?

If you’re moving from a different apartment, you’ll probably have most of the things you’ll need. However, you’ll want to make sure your new place has a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector as safety measures.

When you’re making your first apartment checklist, you’ll want to add a few extra things to your list. For example, you’ll want to make sure you have furniture like a couch and a coffee table for your new living room. You should also make sure that you have certain essentials like a shower curtain, toilet paper and towels for the bathroom and a mattress and bed frame for your bedroom. You will also need to make a trip to the grocery store to stock your fridge, and if you have pets, don’t forget to have supplies like pet food and a litter box.

With this checklist, you’ll be ready for your moving date

Now that you understand what you need to do before moving to a new place, you’ll need to consider where you want to move. A coliving space in a popular United States city might be perfect for you and Common’s coliving spaces make moving a breeze. Each of our homes comes fully-furnished and stocked with household essentials, includes convenient amenities, and access to an easy-to-use app for meeting other members. Learn more about how Common coliving spaces can help you enjoy city living for an attainable price by renting a private room in a beautiful, shared suite: explore our coliving spaces today.

Sources:

  1. https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-tell-time-to-move-155641
  2. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-budget-for-your-first-apartment-4113283

 

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