I've been living with my sister for a few years now, but soon my boyfriend and I will be moving out and be moving into our first apartment together.
There are many things that need to be done, and living entirely on your own is different from renting a room from your sister!
Here is what you should do before you move into your first home.
Think about what area you want to live in.
We have some general areas that we are thinking about living in. We don't want to be too far away from our jobs, but we do want a place that is affordable and has the amenities that we want.
One apartment that we are looking at is right next to the river and a trail for us to be active on, which is something that I really like.
Ask others who may know about the place.
Since I am still fairly young, I do know many people who have lived in the apartments around where I live. Some have given not-so-great reviews about why they would never move back into certain apartment complexes.
However, others have given great reviews about other apartment complexes and I am now looking into those.
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See the place yourself.
You can read all the reviews that you want, but until you actually see the place you may not know if it is right or wrong for you. Schedule an appointment to tour the apartment.
Also, try to visit the apartment during the day and at night so that you can see if the area is right for you.
Save for an emergency fund.
If you don't have an emergency fund yet, then you really need to work on building one up before you move out. When you are on your own, random expenses may pop up that will cause you to dig into your emergency fund.
You never know what may come up. You could:
- Get a flat tire.
- Lose a job.
- Lose hours at your job.
- Take a pay cut.
- Have a medical emergency.
- Have a medical issue with your pet.
- And so on. The list goes on forever!
Note any damages in the apartment before you move in.
If you notice that something is wrong with the apartment when you move in (maybe the person before you punched a hole into a wall or something), then you should make note of it immediately and tell your landlord. You do not want to be held accountable for damages that were left by the person before you.
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Have a budget and turn on the utilities.
Before you move into your new place, you should really work on creating a good budget that is reflective of your actual income and bills. You need to make sure that you can actually afford the apartment before you move in, as that is not a good thing to realize afterward.
Also, turn on the utilities before you move in and have everything put in your name. Don't forget about that!
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