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It’s that time of year! Summer’s coming to an end and many people are beginning the transition to a new apartment. For many, this may be their first experience of living independently. If you’re in this situation, keep reading to make your move as smooth as possible:

Choose Budget Friendly Furniture

When choosing furniture for your first apartment, keep a budget in mind from the beginning and try to keep all of your purchases within it - don’t focus on getting expensive pieces. Check out discount warehouses and try to get second-hand items from friends and family. Try your hand at creativity and design by repurposing certain pieces of furniture that you have for a different use. Opt for items that can be used for more than one thing. For example, a chest can serve as seating and additional storage; a coffee table can serve as a multi-use surface for eating, studying or playing board games; a pullout couch can serve as seating or an extra bed for guests.

Be Prepared

Before moving into your new apartment, take the time to get organized and prepared for everything to come. Try to get ahold of the apartment’s dimensions and layout beforehand to get an idea of what you can and can’t bring with you. If you aren’t able to visit the space in person, ask the landlord for a floorplan or updated photos. If you are planning to visit the apartment prior to move-in-day, bring a measuring tape and measure windows and areas for which you’ll be choosing pieces of furniture. Once you have an idea of the space and storage available to you in your new apartment, one of the most important tips for staying organized for a move is to start packing early. Begin by packing away and labelling any nonessentials so that you can focus on the essentials in the days leading up to the move.

Set Up Utilities and Services

Before moving into your first apartment, make sure to get all of the necessary information regarding utilities and services for your new place - including cable, internet, water and sewer, gas, electricity, security system, and phone. Some apartments offer utilities included in the cost of rent, so you will never have to worry about them. Other apartments require that you set up your own services. Don’t hesitate to ask for help and do research before choosing service providers, to get the best deal and ensure that your apartment will be ready for move-in day. Garbage and recycling collection varies depending on where you live, so make sure to ask your landlord or neighbours for details. You can also call your city’s sanitation department for more information. Finally, make sure that you have established a plan for receiving your mail – some people choose to change their address all together while others have their mail sent to their permanent address and collect it once in a while or have it forwarded to them.

Meet People

The best way to make sure that you have the best experience possible in your new apartment is to surround yourself with people who you know and trust. When moving in, it’s important to take the time to introduce yourself to the people who will be around you like your landlords and neighbours. Meet your landlord, maintenance people and other apartment employees in person if possible. When a problem occurs, it can be beneficial to have a relationship with those who are responsible for helping you. Similarly, reach out and get to know your neighbours to help learn more about living in your community. When it comes to choosing a roommate, have a discussion with potential roommates to ensure that you have compatible habits, schedules and expectations.

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