Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Little Rock 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have really decided that it is time to leave the nest and head out on your own. This will be a very jubilant time, but it is also brimming with questions that need to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and trepidation that ensues during this time is normal. That is why we are here to assist you with the first time moving recommendations that allow for a successful move. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Of course, it may be alluring to bribe your friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Saving cash by not having to hire professionals is a usual desire, but you will want to think twice. If you are not planning to hire a professional mover in Little Rock then you are going to have to scrutinize your items. You should also be sure that family and friends are even able to assist. In an optimal world, the help from both parties will be combined. We can always use an additional assistant or two but this is no comparison to the help and experience that a professional moving company can provide. Create a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Think About Your Budget In other words: what are the expenses that you have always assumed would be paid for by your parents? There are so many things that are in this group and you cannot make the error of failing to consider any of them. Do you know anything about utilities or insurance? Have you ever been to the grocery by yourself? Don't conclude that you already know everything that you need to know. Discuss with your parents and ask about all of the items that they have done for you. You just might end up being shocked by the long to-do list that you get handed to you because of this important discussion. Do you know everything you will need to take care of? If utilities are included with the rent, great, but that is pretty unlikely anymore. If they are not included, then make positive you know if you will be paying right to the utility company or through the landlord (the latter is commonplace if your new abode is not metered). Make a schedule of the bills. Usually, you need to think about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on depending on streaming services). Additionally, you will want to buy renters' insurance. It's cheap, might be called for by your landlord, and usually covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability. Figure out how much rent you can actually afford. It's very common to have to have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you don't have the credit history. But, you need to make positive you can actually manage the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Work up a budget for the other expenses you have and then calculate how much you have. Figure out what you must purchase or acquire. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and signed the lease. For example, if your new home has a built-in microwave, you will not need to purchase one. Assemble a checklist of everything you need. Next, prioritize it so you know which items you should buy right off the bat and which items purchases can be delayed. Such as, you will need toilet paper, but might be able to wait on throw blankets. Keep in mind you can acquire some things second hand if needed. Do Some Box Hunting A normal mistake that is made by rookie movers is a failure to obtain boxes far enough in advance. By being as proactive as possible, a first-time mover has the capability to bypass the issues of attempting to find moving materials at the eleventh hour. In the time leading up to the move, be sure to swing into local stores to find out where you should go to get the boxes that you need. Some may give them to you for free and others may ask for a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can always be bought from your local moving company in Little Rock. Finding the Right Neighborhood Selecting a home that is in the best neighborhood is all about contemplating the realities of your existence. Where is your employer located? Where do you spend most of your free time? Selecting an apartment that doesn’t place you in a position where you have a long commute is usually vital. Consider the community style also. Are you a person who likes to stay up late or are you looking to settle down? Choose the neighborhood that best fits your personal goals in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Little Rock Once it is time to begin visiting apartments, it is important to keep in mind that most of the deal-breaking points of contention are going to be hiding beneath the surface. For example, take a closer look at the windows to be sure that they are not water damaged or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too noisy? What security features are available? What type of extra amenities are available on the premises? How will you move your stuff inside? These are all questions that need to be answered in full prior to signing the lease. Read the lease carefully. Be sure you know what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for help is okay. Leases are often multiple pages and may contain rules that seem confusing. You need to comprehend what is going on with your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring a moving company to pack for you, pack well in advance and over a few days. It's less nerve-racking that way. In addition, packing in advance helps make sure you pack the items you need least first and the things you need most last, so that when you unpack, these items will be on the top. Don't panic. Moving is stressful, and it is not difficult to work yourself into a "tizzy." Take a deep breath, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is generally less stressful than doing the move yourself. If doing any of the heavy lifting yourself, make sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Do not pack a box that you are unable to lift. (This is another wonderful reason to hire movers, who are conditioned and fit to lift heavy boxes and much less likely to injure themselves.) Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Little Rock is a big step. Follow the above tips to make it all go well and avoid getting into financial, or other, trouble. And, if you need help with moving in or to Little Rock, click here to contact us!!