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8 Tips for Moving into your First Apartment

Moving into your very first apartment can be an exhilarating experience, but it's also incredibly easy to find yourself overwhelmed due to lack of planning. Remove a little of that unnecessary stress by following a few of these tips to make sure that your big move-in day goes as smoothly as possible.

1) Know the layout

Know the layout of the apartment ahead of time so that you can plan where you want specific pieces of furniture to go after moving in. Having a plan for each room saves an incredible amount of time, and it also gives you a sense of ease knowing that everything has a designated place ready to go.

2) Pack early

Start packing your belongings in boxes as soon as you know you’re moving. The last thing you

want to do is wait until the last minute and then be forced into throwing your items into bags on

moving day without any real order.

3) Paint before you move in

If your new apartment allows you to paint the walls and you know you want them to be a specific color, paint them before you move all of your belongings in. It’s a thousand times easier to paint in an empty apartment than it is to paint around furniture and boxes.

4) Get to know your new neighborhood

Even if you know the general area, it’s always a good idea to take a walk or drive around and

identify where essentials such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and emergency services are located in your neighborhood.

5) Get connected

Plan to have your electricity, internet, and TV services turned on before you move in. Call each utility and schedule the services to start at least a day before your official move-in date so that everything is on and ready to go by the time you arrive.

6) Hire a moving company to help you

Many people underestimate exactly how much stuff they’ve collected over the years, and very

rarely does it all fit in one compact vehicle. Plan to set aside some money for your moving expenses to hire professional movers to assist you with getting all of your belongings to your new home in one piece. If you’re in the Dallas or Ft. Worth areas, make sure to browse online to compare some of the best Dallas moving companies and Ft. Worth movers available before making your final decision.

7) Make sure you have all of the basics

If you’ve previously been living in someone else's home, you’re more than likely used to having all of the random odds and ends in the house already that you never really think of as being

“necessities”. Toilet paper, paper towels, sponges, and silverware, for example, are a few of the

basics that you’ll need to get settled in on your own.

8) Yard sales and Craigslist will be your best friends for furniture needs

Very few people start out with brand new furniture when they move out on their own for the first time, so don’t panic and think you have to buy a $500 couch as soon as you get your new

apartment. Browse Craigslist and other online yard sale sites in your area for cheaper hand-me- down pieces of furniture that work great as starter pieces until you’re in a position to buy something nicer.

Contact Same Day Moving Small Mini Moves today to get started with moving into your new


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