By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
So, you have now resolved that it is time to move from the nest and head out on your own. This will be a very exciting time, but it is also brimming with questions that will need to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and apprehension that occurs during this time is understandable. That is why we are here to assist you with the first time moving suggestions that provide for a successful transition.
Deciding Whether to Use Professionals
Yes, it might be inviting to bribe your friends with pizza and soda to assist you with the move. Conserving money by not having to hire a moving company is a usual desire, but you will want to think twice. If you are not planning to be hiring a professional mover in Wichita Falls then you are going to have to scrutinize your items.
You need to also double check that family and friends are even able to lend a hand. In an optimal world, the assistance of both groups will be combined. We can always use an extra set of hands or two but this is no comparison to the help and experience that a professional moving company has to offer.
Create a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Plan Your Budget
To say it another way what are the items that you have always presumed would be subsidized by your parents? There are so many things that appear in this group and don’t make the error of neglecting to consider any of them. Do you know anything about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done your own grocery shopping?
Do not decide that you already know it all. Discuss with your parents and ask about all of the items that they have taken care of for you. You just might end up being aghast by the extended list of items to do that you get put on your plate because of this crucial discussion.
Are you aware of everything you will be required to take care of? If utilities are included with the rent, excellent, but that is extremely unlikely anymore. If they are not bundled, then be positive you know if you will be paying direct to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is common if your new home is not metered). Make a list of the bills. Basically, you will have to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on relying on streaming services). Also, you should get renters' insurance. It is not expensive, could be required by your landlord, and commonly covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability.
Calculate out how much rent you can actually afford. It is very common need your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you do not have the credit history. But, you must be positive you can actually pay for the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Work up a budget for the other things you have to pay for and then figure out how much you have.
Work out what you must buy or come up with. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and executed the lease. For instance, if your new abode has a built-in microwave, you will not need to invest in one. Assemble a checklist of everything you need. Then, arrange it so you can clearly identify which items you should buy right off the bat and what purchases can be delayed. Such as, you will need sheets for your bed, but might be able to wait on decorative rugs. Remember you can acquire a lot of stuff gently used if you want.
Do Some Box Hunting
A common error 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 power to avoid the headaches of attempting to track down moving supplies at the last possible moment. In the month before the move, make sure to visit local retail stores to find out where you can go to obtain the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may ask for a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can always be purchased from your local moving company in Wichita Falls.
Finding the Right Neighborhood
Selecting a place that is in the right neck of the woods is all about thinking about the realities of your existence. Where is your employer located? Where will you be when you have free time? Finding an apartment that does not place you in a position where you have a long commute is usually key.
Ponder the community makeup also. Are you a person who likes to party or are you looking to settle down? Choose the neighborhood that aligns with your personal style in this regard.
Apartment Hunting in Wichita Falls
Once it is time to start looking at apartments, it is vital to keep in mind that the biggest deal-breaking problems are going to be lurking beneath the surface. For example, take a closer look at the windows to make sure that they are not water damaged or compromised in any way.
Are the neighbors too rambunctious? Does the property look secure? What type of extra amenities are available on the premises? Will it be easy for you to move your stuff inside? These are all questions that need to be answered in full before signing any paperwork.
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 legal documents and may have rules that seem confusing. You need to understand how to interpret your lease, not just sign it blindly.
Unless hiring a moving crew to pack for you, pack well in advance and over a few days. It is less nerve-racking that way. Also, packing proactively helps make sure you pack the things you need least first and the things you need most last, so that when you unpack, these items will be on the top.
Do not worry. Moving is a nerve-racking event, and it is easy to work yourself into a "tizzy." Slow down, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is usually less stressful than doing the move yourself. If doing any of the packing and loading and unloading yourself, make sure to stay hydrated. Do not pack a box that weights too much for you to lift. (This is another great reason to hire movers, who are accustomed to lifting heavy boxes and much less likely to injure themselves.)
Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Wichita Falls is a life changing event. Pay attention to the above suggestions to make it all go well and avoid getting into financial, or other, trouble. And, if you need help with moving in or to Wichita Falls, click here to contact us!!