Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Austin 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have really resolved that it is time to leave the nest and strike out on your own. This can be a very jubilant time, but it is also brimming with questions that require to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and apprehension that ensues during these times is understandable. That is why we are here to provide you with the first time moving recommendations that provide for a successful move. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Of course, it may be inviting to bribe a few friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Saving some dollars by not having to find professionals is a normal desire, but you will need to think twice. If you are not planning to hire a professional mover in Austin then you are going to want to look closely at your things. You should also be sure that family and friends are even willing to assist. In an ideal world, the assistance of both parties would be on hand. We can always use an extra assistant or two but this is no substitute for the help and experience that a professional moving company brings to the table. Create a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Think About Your Budget In other words: what are the items that you have always assumed would be taken care of for you by your parents? There are lots of things that are in this classification and you shouldn’t make the blunder of neglecting to take into consideration any of them. What do you know about utilities or insurance? Have you ever been to the grocery by yourself? Don't decide that you already know everything that you need to know. Sit down with your parents and question them about all of the items that they have taken care of for you. You could end up being astonished by the long list of things that you receive after this crucial conversation. Do you know everything you need to take care of? If utilities are bundled with the rent, super, but that is extremely rare anymore. If they are not bundled, then make sure you are aware whether you will be paying direct to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is normal if your new abode is not metered). Make a list of the bills. Basically, you will have to be aware of utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you will be relying on streaming services). In addition, you will want to buy renters' insurance. It is inexpensive, might be required by your landlord, and commonly covers you from theft, damage, and even some liability. Figure out how much rent you can afford. It's very common to have to have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you do not have the credit history. However, you should be positive you can really pay for the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Write down a budget for the other things you have to pay for and then see how much you have. Plan out what you need to purchase or come up with. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and signed the lease. For instance, if your new home comes with a microwave, you should not need to invest in one. Put together a checklist of what you need. Then, prioritize it so you know what you will want to purchase right off the bat and what can hold off for a bit. For instance, you surely need trash cans, but might be able to wait on throw pillows. Remember you can purchase some items second hand if needed. Do Some Box Hunting A routine mistake that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to obtain boxes far enough in advance. By thinking ahead, a first-time mover has the ability to bypass the issues of trying to find moving materials at the eleventh hour. In the month leading up to the move, make sure to visit local retailers to figure out where you can go to obtain the boxes that you need. Some may give them to you for free and others may charge a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can normally be bought from your local moving company in Austin. Finding the Right Neighborhood Selecting a place that is in the best area is all about thinking about the realities of your existence. Where will you be working? Where do you spend most of your free time? Selecting an apartment that doesn’t place you in a position where you are forced to endure long commutes is usually key. Ponder the community makeup also. Are you someone who likes to stay up late or are you looking to settle down? Select the neighborhood that best fits your personal style in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Austin Once it is time to commence visiting apartments, it is vital to remember that the majority of deal-breaking problems are going to be lurking beneath the surface. For example, inspect the windows to make sure that the seals are not broken or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too noisy? Does the property look secure? What type of time-saving amenities are available on the property? Will it be easy for you to move your things inside? These are all questions that should 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 understand the terms of your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring a moving company to pack for you, pack proactively and over a few days. It's less nerve-racking that way. Also, packing ahead of time 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 worry. Moving is stressful, and it is not difficult to work yourself into a "tizzy." Relax, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is generally less stressful than doing the move yourself. If doing any of the physical work yourself, make sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Do not pack a carton that you are unable to lift. (This is another great reason to hire movers, who are conditioned and fit to lift heavy boxes and much less likely to hurt themselves.) Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Austin 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 Austin, click here to contact us!!