Tips For the First Time Renter

Are you looking for you first apartment? †We has some great tips on things to prepare and watch out for as you

find the perfect place to live. † †Looking for and moving into your first apartment can be stressful. †However, with some careful planning and budgeting the experience will be a great mem

ory for you. †Keep reading and learn more about how to prepare for the next few steps in your rental process. †You can learn more here.

Make a Checklist

Itís easy to think that youíve got your bases covered when you first move in, but things will always be forgotten. Be sure to make a checklist of everything you need to do and get ó including things on this list ó in order to enjoy a less stressful move-in.

And you might forget some of the most basic tasks you need to complete, so be sure to have that list on you while youíre out running errands. For instance, getting extra keys made will ensure you never have any late-night mishaps.

Have a Move-in Budget

If youíre getting your own place, itís going to get expensive fast. Any savings you may have had will likely be drained without some smart frugal moves and a tight move-in budget. The worst thing you could do is furnish your apartment with new things, especially since youíre in college.

Hit up Craigslist or family members for the essentials, including furniture, appliances, and even knick-knacks, to help you save money. Youíd be surprised at how many great (non-bug-infested) pieces of furniture you can find for cheap on Craigslist. After all, spending an entire monthís rent on a new couch is ridiculous when youíre working a college job.

Speaking of appliances, donít go overboard when youíre out shopping and find yourself with a juicer, ice cream maker, and smoothie machine. Your apartment likely has a microwave; beyond that a coffee maker and toaster/toaster oven should suffice.

Write a Thorough Move-in Report

You should not even think about rushing through your first apartment move-in report. If thereís a crack in a tile, make sure you describe it in vivid detail. (For Game of Thrones fans, that means describing your apartmentís flaws like George R.R. Martin describes food.)

Taking pictures of any sort of pre-made damages upon move-in is also a great idea. Send those in to your landlord or complex manager to ensure youíre not falsely blamed and later charged for things they ďmissed.Ē

Donít Wait to Report Problems

Upon arrival, itís a good idea to make sure everything in your new apartment actually works. Your landlord may have maintenance come in for some last-minute fixes and thatís the perfect time to check for any other problems and get them sorted out.

If any additional problems present themselves soon after, donít wait to report those to your landlord or management company. Theyíre more likely to give priority to your issues since youíre new.

Learn to Cook

If most of your meals in the last few years consisted of quick microwavables, dining hall pizza, and ramen, then you owe to your body and budget to learn how to cook. Not only will eating at home save you tons, itíll give you the opportunity to eat healthier.

It is a big time investment, though, so you need to be willing to make time and not cave into the ďbusyĒ schedule excuse. Turn it into a thing by inviting friends over for a dinner-study session and have everyone split the cost of ingredients. There should be plenty of leftovers and youíre using that time to not only get schoolwork done, but to socialize as well. Multitasking at its finest.



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