Moving into Your First Apartment Checklist
Posted on: February 17, 2020 |
Whether you’re a recent high school graduate getting ready to head to college, or a college graduate with a new career, the decision to move out of your parents’ house and into your first apartment is a big one. Read this blog to find a checklist for moving into your first apartment.
Moving into First Apartment: 5 Steps for Moving Out
- Determine What You Can Afford: Before signing a new apartment, it’s important to determine what you can afford. Spend time writing down any set monthly reoccurring expenses you have, as well as estimates for expenses that aren’t set. For example, maybe you pay $200 monthly in student loans and estimate you’ll spend $400 monthly on groceries. Once you’ve compiled a list of all of your expenses, subtract this from your monthly income.
- Make a List of Desired Features: Next, it’s a good idea to make a list of the features you’d like to be included at your next apartment. For example, would you like your apartment to include a pool? Or to be pet friendly? Creating a list of the must-have features will help you to narrow down your search.
- Start Exploring: Once you have an idea of what you can afford and what you’re looking for, you can start exploring the apartments in the area you want to live. When touring these apartments, never be afraid to speak up and ask questions.
- Review the Lease: Once you have narrowed down your search to one apartment, it’s a good idea to review the lease before signing. If you’re unsure about any of the phrasing or conditions, contact the rental company for help.
- Pack up: After signing your lease and choosing your move-in date, it’s time to pack up. This is also a good time to sort through your belongings and remove anything you no longer want or need. For example, anything that’s broken or damaged can be disposed of. Old t-shirts from past events, stuffed animals and other miscellaneous items should be donated.
Create More Space in Your Apartment with a Storage Unit Rental!
Unfortunately, storage space isn’t endless in apartments. To keep your new apartment free from unnecessary clutter, consider a storage unit. A storage unit can easily hold extra pieces of furniture, seasonal clothing, out textbooks and projects and more.
Looking for storage in downtown Toronto? Spaces Self Storage has a state-of-the-art storage facility located in downtown Toronto. Our storage facilities have a variety of storage unit sizing, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit. Reserve a storage unit today!