Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Wichita Falls 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 will be a very jubilant time, but it is also full of questions that require to be answered. The mixture of elation and trepidation 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 a few friends with pizza and soda to assist you with the move. Conserving cash by not having to hire professionals is a usual desire, but you should think this decision through carefully. If you are not going to employ a professional mover in Wichita Falls then you are going to need to look closely at your belongings. You must also make sure that family and friends are even willing to lend a hand. In an ideal setting, the help from both parties 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 & Think About Your Budget Or... what are the things that you have always assumed would be paid for by your parents? There are a lot of expenses that fall into this classification and you shouldn’t make the blunder of forgetting to take into consideration 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 it all. Discuss with your parents and find out more about all of the stuff that they have taken care of for you. You just might end up being amazed by the lengthy to-do list that you get put on your plate because of this much-needed talk. Do you know everything you need to pay for? If utilities are included with the rent, great, but that is pretty uncommon anymore. If they are not billed together, then make sure you understand whether you will be paying direct to the utility company or through the landlord (the latter is normal if your new place is not metered). Make a checklist of the bills. Usually, you will have to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on depending on streaming services). In addition, you should get renters' insurance. It is cheap, could be required by your landlord, and commonly covers you from theft, damage, and even some liability. Calculate 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 and 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 need to 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. For instance, you surely need toilet paper, but might be able to wait on decorative rugs. Don’t forget you can buy a lot of stuff second hand if you want. Do Some Box Hunting A normal error that is made by rookie movers is a failure to obtain cartons far enough in advance. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the capability to avoid the issues of trying to find moving supplies at the eleventh hour. In the time ahead of the move, make sure to visit 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 an apartment 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? Choosing an apartment that does not place you in a position where you have a long commute is usually key. Think about the community structure as well. Are you someone who likes to party or are you looking to settle down? Select 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, inspect the windows to make sure that the seals are not broken or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too loud? 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 things inside? These are all questions that should be answered in full before signing on the dotted line. Review the lease carefully. Make sure you know 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 confusing. 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 tense that way. Also, packing in advance helps make sure you pack the belongings 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." Relax, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is going to be 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 you are unable to lift. (This is another good reason to hire movers, who are conditioned and fit to lift 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 a big step. 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!!