Moving to your first apartment. Someday you’ll drive by it and reminisce about the old days, telling your children about the good times and how great it was to be out on your own, and your experience moving in NYC. You’ll tell them about your funny neighbor and your crazy landlord and how you learned the hard way why you shouldn’t dump a whole bowl of spaghetti down the garbage disposal.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to get you moved into that first apartment.
As NYC movers and office movers, we’ve seen a lot of people move into their first apartments, and we’ve stored away some pretty good tips. Today we’ll share them with you in the hopes that your move will be smooth and exciting–but not too exciting. We don’t want your move to become the inspiration for next week’s Saturday Night Live. Learn when to move in NYC
Get Your Finances In Order
Your credit rating could have a big effect on your ability to sign a lease, so check your credit and take care of any problems. Also, build up your checking account so you can pay your deposit and rent as well as cover the expenses involved with moving: boxes, utility fees, your Manhattan movers, the purchase of furniture you don’t already have, and household items like curtains, your initial groceries, light bulbs, and more. Check out our guide to 8 places to get free moving boxes.
It’s a good idea to have about three months’ worth of living expenses in the bank before you move into your first apartment. This will help to cover all the little unexpected costs that come up.
Don’t Buy Everything at Once
It’s great to have money in the bank when you move into your first apartment, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend it right away. In fact, it’s wise to take your time acquiring furniture. With patience, you can often find inexpensive furniture at thrift stores or on Craigslist and pay a fraction of the price.
When you first move in, you really only need a few furniture items: a place to sleep, a place to eat, and somewhere to sit. Anything else can wait a little while until you have the time and money. Check out our guide on How to Save money on Packing Materials.
Get Renter’s Insurance
Your landlord’s insurance covers the building, but it doesn’t cover your personal belongings. That’s why it’s important to buy renter’s insurance. If there were a fire or a break-in to your new apartment, you would be responsible for any items that were stolen or destroyed. Renter’s insurance is fairly inexpensive. Shop online for renter’s insurance or talk to your insurance agent about starting a policy. Check out our Moving Price Guarantee as well.
Make To-Do Lists
Moving is all in the details. There are so many things to do, and you need to stay organized if you want to accomplish it all. You’ll need to set up utilities, change your address with your credit card company and magazine subscriptions, make arrangements with your Manhattan movers, collect boxes, pack your stuff, work with your landlord to reserve the elevator and parking space for your moving truck and coordinate a check-in time. Make to-do lists, and assign a due date for each of your items. Check out our NYC moving checklist and make sure you hire a locksmith company to change your locks.
Buy the Boring Stuff
Leave room in your budget for the boring stuff you haven’t had to buy before: toilet paper, paper towels, staple groceries like cooking oil and salt, and light bulbs. Start to look for sales on items like these because you’ll need to buy them on a regular basis. If you stock up on them when the price is right, you’ll still have room in your budget for the items you actually look forward to buying.
Enjoy this exciting time in your life! Moving into your first apartment is a major milestone. Your Manhattan movers are here to help you with the heavy lifting. NYC Movers are trained to deal with any building conditions, check out our guide on things you should do on the first day you move into your new apartment. Check out our Serenity Movers moving promotions where you can get $100 off your next move or $80 worth of free moving boxes with your local NYC movers!