When you have signed your lease papers and are ready to move in, there are a lot of expenses you will incur to set up your new place. If this is your first house/apartment there are quite a few supplies you will need. Before you move in, you will want to make a list of everything you need, the most expensive of which is usually furniture. If this is your first time living on your own, you may not have any furniture outside of your bedroom.
There are plenty of places where you can get furniture for cheap. Try asking your family or friends if they have any old furniture they don’t use anymore. If you have no luck asking them, the website Craigslist.com offers lots of used furniture at very cheap prices. Be sure to always go with someone else when buying/picking up anything from Craigslist. Use your judgement, if it looks to good to be true, it usually is. Other places that typically offer cheap but reliable furniture are the Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift stores and Wal-Mart.
Even though furniture is going to be one of your larger expenses, it’s not the only one. There are many household supplies you need to purchase, like kitchen supplies, laundry detergent, toiletries, and household cleaners. If you can, try buying these items in bulk, to save more money in the long run.
When you are moving from your old residence to your new one it’s often hard to find a way to move all of your belongings. If you don’t have a friend or family member with a truck this can become expensive. But there are plenty of places where you can rent trucks for reasonable prices, places like U-Haul and Penske.
The one thing you should do before moving in is bring a checklist (sometimes they provide it for you) so that you can mark exactly what shape the apartment is in. The reason behind this is when you move out, the landlord can take the costs of repairs needed to your apartment from the deposit you had to pay when you moved in. Be sure to be very thorough when inspecting your house/apartment because the landlords sure will when you move out.
If this is your first house/apartment there are usually fees associated with activating utilities and setting up cable/internet. If you’ve already rented places in the past, ask your landlord if they will inform the utility company or if you must do it yourself. Not only do you have to switch over certain utilities, but you will also want to change your address. Finally, you will want to look into getting renter’s insurance. Most policies won’t cost more than 12 dollars a month, but will cover all of your belongings in case they get stolen, or there is a fire, etc.
Thanks for reading the final post in our mini blog series on moving off campus. We hope you can take this information and use it when moving into your future house/apartment! If you have any questions, you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Tom Myers, SMMC Program Assistant