Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Wichita Falls

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving into an apartmentSo, you have finally resolved that it is time to fly from the nest and head out on your own. This will be a very jubilant time, but it is also full of questions that require to be answered. The mixture of elation and apprehension that occurs during this time is common. That's why we are here to provide you with the first time moving recommendations that provide for a successful move.

Deciding Whether to Use Professionals

Sure, it could be tempting to bribe your friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Conserving money by not having to hire professionals is a normal desire, but you will need to think this decision through carefully. If you are not going to be hiring a professional mover in Wichita Falls then you are going to need to take a closer look at your belongings.

You should also make sure that family and friends are even willing to lend a hand. In an ideal setting, the help from both groups will be on hand. We can always use an additional helper or two but this is no comparison to the help and experience that a professional moving company brings to the table.

Make a Checklist for Items You Have Taken for Granted & Write Out Your Budget

Or... what are the things that you have always assumed would be taken care of for you by your parents? There are a lot of expenses that are in this group and you shouldn’t make the error of forgetting to consider any of them. What do you know about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done your own grocery shopping?

Do not decide that you already know everything. Talk with your parents and find out more about all of the items that they have taken care of for you. You could end up being amazed by the lengthy list of things that you get handed to you because of this important talk.

Moving into an apartmentDo you know everything you will need to take care of? If utilities are bundled with the rent, great, but that is very unlikely anymore. If they are not bundled, then make sure you understand whether 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 checklist of the bills. Usually, you need to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on counting on streaming services). In addition, you should get renters' insurance. It is cheap, could be called for by your landlord, and commonly covers you from theft, damage, and even some liability.

Work out how much rent you can actually afford. It is very common have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you don't have the credit history. Yet, you should make confident you can actually afford the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Work up a budget for the other things you have to pay for and then see how much you have.

Figure out what you should purchase or come up with. You should do this after you have selected your apartment and signed the lease. For instance, if your new place has a built-in microwave, you will not need to buy one. Assemble a list of what you need. Then, arrange it so you know which items you will want to purchase right off the bat and what purchases can be delayed. Such as, you surely need trash cans, but might be able to wait on throw blankets. Don’t forget you can buy a lot of stuff gently used if you want.

Do Some Box Hunting

A normal error that is made by rookie movers is a failure to get boxes far enough in advance. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the power to sidestep the issues of trying to find moving supplies at the last possible moment. In the time ahead of the move, make sure to stop by local retailers to find out where you can go for the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may require a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can usually be purchased from your local moving company in Wichita Falls.

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Selecting a place that is in the right neighborhood is all about considering the realities of your existence. Where is your employer located? What do you like to do in your free time? Finding an apartment that does not place you in a position where you have a long commute is usually important.

Ponder the community structure as well. Are you someone who likes to party or are you looking to settle down? Choose the neighborhood that aligns with your personal goals in this regard.

Apartment Hunting in Wichita Falls

Once you begin looking at apartments, it is crucial to remember that the biggest deal-breaking points of contention are going to be hiding out beneath the surface. For example, take a closer look at 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 premises? Will it be easy for you to move your belongings inside? These are all questions that must be answered in full before signing on the dotted line.

Look over the lease carefully. Make sure you understand what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for help is not shameful. Leases are often multiple pages and may have rules that seem odd. You need to comprehend how to interpret your lease, not just sign it blindly.

Moving In

Unless hiring a moving crew to pack for you, pack well in advance and over a few days. It's less nerve-racking that way. Also, packing in advance helps make sure you pack the items you need least first and the things you need most last, that is on the top.

Don't panic. 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, be sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Never pack a carton that is too heavy to lift. (This is another good reason to hire movers, who are used to lifting heavy boxes and much less likely to hurt themselves.)

Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Wichita Falls is one of the biggest steps you will take in your life. Heed 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 Wichita Falls, click here to contact us!!