Apartment Essentials for First-Time Movers
You’ve just earned your college degree and are ready to head out on your own. Finding a place to be your new home will be exciting, stressful, confusing, difficult and rewarding all at the same time.
But of course, like most things in life, you can avoid unnecessary confusion and minimize stress by preparing in advance. Doing some research before deciding to move out will save tons of heartache—and cash—in the future.
The Right Place
Before going on your own, you have to find the right place for you. This first step can be tough. Not just because you’ll likely have to wade through several dozens of options, but also because there’s some pressure involved. After all, you will be living in this place for at least the next six months of your life, right?
Is the place affordable? Is it in an ideal neighbourhood? Does it provide the convenience you need, like near your workplace, a hospital, a mall or a police station? And most importantly, do you like it? Finding the right apartment is the most important part of moving out. It’ a major investment, so it should be considered a top priority.
If you lived in a dorm during college, you probably have an idea about home essentials. Let’s say you already have the toiletries and home cleaners (if not, buy them first). The next thing to do is to fill your cupboard with kitchen essentials, such as salt, pepper, butter, flour and various spices. After all, you’re a college graduate now; it’s time to ditch the instant noodles and pre-packed food.
Then, invest on quality cookware and dinnerware, which includes pots and pans, plates and cups, spoon and fork and other miscellaneous items.
Lastly, after securing the aforementioned essentials, it’s time to shop around for furniture. This includes couches, desks, side tables, dining chairs, a dining table, a bed, coffee tables… you name it. To make it cost-efficient, research their prices and look for places where you can get quality items for less.
Explore Your New Neighbourhood
Once you have everything in place, it’s time to make yourself feel at home. Explore the neighbourhood for restaurants, coffee shops and local grocery. Roam around to see if there are any cool places to watch movies or hang out with friends.
And don’t be afraid to ask around. Knock on doors and introduce yourself. Part of moving to a new apartment is actually embracing it and living in it. This means not only filling your space with furnishings, but becoming part of the neighbourhood as well.
Moving to a new place is no easy feat, physically and mentally. But the sooner you start planning and by keeping these important points in mind, the easier it is to find the right home and neighbourhood for you.
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