Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Colorado Springs 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have finally determined that it is time to fly from the nest and head out on your own. This can be a very exciting time, but it is also filled with questions that will need to be answered. The mixture of elation and fear that takes place during this time is normal. That is why we are here to assist you with some first time moving tips that allow for a successful move. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Yes, it might be alluring to bribe your friends with pizza and soda to assist you with the move. Conserving money by not having to employ professional movers is a normal want, but you should think this decision through carefully. If you are not planning to employ a professional mover in Colorado Springs then you are going to need to scrutinize your belongings. You should also be sure that family and friends are even willing to help. In an ideal setting, the help from both parties would be combined. We can always use an additional assistant or two but this is no substitute for 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 presumed would be taken care of for you by your parents? There are lots of items that appear in this category and you shouldn’t make the mistake of failing to consider any of them. What do you know about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done any grocery shopping for yourself? Do not decide that you already know everything that you need to know. Talk with your parents and ask about all of the things that they have done for you. You may end up being astonished by the long list of items to do that you receive after this important talk. Do you know everything you need to handle? If utilities are bundled with the rent, great, but that is pretty unlikely anymore. If they are not included, then be confident you know if you will be paying direct to the utility company or through the landlord (the latter is commonplace if your new place is not metered). Make a list of the bills. Generally, you need to be aware of utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you will be relying on streaming services). Additionally, you should buy renters' insurance. It is cheap, could be called for by your landlord, and usually covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability. Calculate out how much rent you can really afford. It's pretty normal have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you don't have the credit history. Yet, you should be positive you can really afford the rent and utilities plus food, etc. Come up with a budget for the other expenses you have and then figure out how much you have. Work out what you should buy or come up with. You should do this after you have selected your apartment and signed the lease. For example, if your new home comes with a microwave, you should not need to buy one. Put together a checklist of what you need. Next, arrange it so it is clear which items you should buy right off the bat and what can hold off for a bit. For example, you will need trash cans, but might be able to wait on decorative pillows. Remember you can purchase a lot of items gently used if you want. Do Some Box Hunting A common mistake that is made by first-time movers is a failure to get cartons ahead of time. By thinking ahead, a first-time mover has the ability to sidestep the hassles of trying to track down moving supplies at the last minute. In the weeks leading up to the move, make sure to stop by local retail stores to figure out where you can go to get 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 usually be purchased from your local moving company in Colorado Springs. Finding the Right Neighborhood Finding an apartment that is in the best area is all about considering the realities of your existence. How far of a drive is it to your job? Where do you spend most of your free time? Choosing an apartment that doesn’t put you in a position where you will have a crazy long commute is usually key. Ponder the community composition as well. Are you a person who likes to stay up late or are you looking to settle down? Choose the neighborhood that aligns with your personal style in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Colorado Springs Once you begin looking at apartments, it is vital to remember that the biggest deal-breaking issues are going to be hiding under the surface. For instance, take a closer look at the windows to be sure that the seals are not broken or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too rambunctious? How does the security set up look? What type of time-saving amenities are available on the property? How will you move your belongings inside? These are all questions that should be answered in full before signing the lease. Read the lease carefully. Be sure you know what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for assistance is not shameful. Leases are often multiple pages and may contain rules that seem complex. You need to understand how to interpret your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring a moving company to pack for you, pack ahead of time and over a few days. It's less nerve-racking that way. In addition, packing ahead of time helps make sure you pack the things you need least first and the things you need most last, that is on the top. Don't worry. Moving is a nerve-racking event, and it's 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 stay hydrated. Don’t pack a carton that weights too much for you to lift. (This is another great 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 Colorado Springs is a big step. Pay attention to 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 Colorado Springs, click here to contact us!!