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Checklist of Things to Know as a First-Time Renter (2).

Being a first-time apartment renter is an exciting milestone in your life, whether you are leaving your parents’ home, making the move to a new location, or have recently graduated from college. Of course, learning how to rent an apartment entails additional duties and responsibilities as well as the freedom to select the ideal location. So here’s a second part of the checklist of things to know as a first-time renter.

Furnish Your Apartment on a Budget

Moving out on your own as a first-time apartment renter requires an investment in new furniture and essential household items. However, you don’t have to break the bank to furnish your apartment. You can check online platforms like Jiji.ng, Konga.com and so many more for affordable options, then cheap stores or get your local carpenter to work on something for you within your budget. 

Organize Your Move

Now that you finally signed the tenancy agreement, it’s time for the big move. It’s no secret that moving can be stressful, especially for a first-time apartment renters. However, a hassle-free move is possible, and prioritizing a smooth transition is key. Here’s how to do it:

  • Discuss the earliest move-in date possible with your landlord. Although the rent may start on a specific date, your landlord could allow some flexibility if the former tenant is moving out early.
  • Enlist the help of your family and friends to start packing, or hire professional movers. Asking friends is cheaper and can be a great excuse to hang out together. However, it also requires a lot of coordination. It’s often less stressful if you hire a reliable moving company to do the moving for you. 
  • Pack your belongings. Use smaller boxes for heavier items and bigger boxes for lighter items. You can read this article for more helpful tips of packing your belongings for a move
  • Set up utilities. Things like light, data connection, and those little details that make a house feel like home. 

Deep Clean Your Apartment Before You Move In

Always schedule a deep clean of your apartment before you move in. You could either do this yourself, with friends and family or hire a cleaning company to take care of everything for you. 

Final Thoughts

Move-in is an ongoing process for most renters. You’ll need time to get all your belongings into your new apartment, and then get everything set up. Unfortunately, it’s easy to underestimate the time it takes you to get settled into your new home. Tasks like organizing your wardrobe and even deciding where to keep your favourite decor can take quite some time. So, don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not completely settled in for a while. Try not to over-plan your move-in and just follow our simple checklist of things to know as a first-time renter. Have fun and go at your own pace!

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