A first apartment is like a first relationship – a big personal step that is exciting, liberating, exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time!
If you have already found your dream apartment, signed on the dotted line and scheduled yourmove-in date, the only thing left to do is turn your new home into a cosy, secure abode.
Here are a few tips.
Paint Your Way to a Nicer Interior
Before you move in, give the walls a fresh coat of paint (if you are renting, you’ll need to ask your landlord for permission first!)
Personalise the space in whatever colours you like. Experiment with tones to create a welcoming vibe. If you have budget restrictions or you have a short-term lease, consider using removable wallpaper. Thisis a cost-effective ‘peel and stick’ solution to give some colour and style to the apartment, without making permanent changes.
Know Themail Situation
Make sure your mail is secure. Do you have a separate mailbox with a key? Who receives packages? Will someone collect mail and packages while you are away?
Contact utility and service providers for timely installation and set-up of essentials like electricity, gas, internet and phone.
Rather than choosing the first provider that comes your way, look for a reliable and affordable one. To efficiently and quickly compare electricity providers in your area for example, head over to a free comparison website.
While you can delay the installation of some utility services, like the internet, others will need to be properly set up before the moving day.
Decorate Your Entryway
Change the feel of your entrance by adding minimalistic, budget-friendly decorative items like hooks, shoe racks, key organisers, baskets etc.
All these additions will not only give your place a tidy look, but also give everyone a place to put their belongings when they come to visit.
Deep Clean the Apartment
Everybody wants their new apartment to look clean and fresh. While the previous owners or tenants should have had the property cleaned for you, you might want to hire your own professional cleaning service to give the place a more thorough going over before you move in.
When hiring cleaning services for the job, ensure you choose one that uses green cleaning supplies and practices.
Change the Locks
Securityshould be your priority.The previous owners or tenants might still have the keys. What if they have given them to someone else?
So, change the locks as soon as you take possession of the property. Consider installing smart locks with cameras. If you are renting, ask your landlord to change the locks for you.
Buy Furniture to Fit the Space
Before you move in, take measurements of the rooms in your new apartment to see if your current furniture fits or not.
If the furniture does not fit, host a garagesale. Use this money to buy new furniture for the apartment. If you are on a budget, try thrift shopping. Instead of buying fancy pieces, go the flea market and score vintage, pretty furniture items at a bargain price.
Moving into your first apartment is an incredibly fun experience. There’s something amazingabout sipping your first coffee on yourbalcony or veranda and realising that you have a place of your own!