Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Killeen

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving into an apartmentSo, you have really resolved that it is time to leave the nest and strike out on your own. This will be a very exciting time, but it is also filled with questions that require to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and apprehension that occurs during these times is understandable. That is why we are here to assist you with a few first time moving tips that provide for a successful move.

Deciding Whether to Use Professionals

Of course, it could be alluring to bribe a few friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Conserving some dollars by not having to employ professional movers is a normal want, but you should think twice. If you are not planning to be hiring a professional mover in Killeen then you are going to need to look closely at your items.

You need to also double check that family and friends are even able to lend a hand. In a perfect setting, the help from both parties 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 & Write Out Your Budget

Or... what are the items that you have always presumed would be paid for by your parents? There are lots of items that fall into this group and you shouldn’t make the error of neglecting to consider any of them. Do you know anything about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done any grocery shopping for yourself?

Do not decide that you already know everything that you need to know. Discuss with your parents and ask about all of the items that they have taken care of for you. You may end up being shocked by the extended to-do list that you get handed to you after this crucial talk.

Moving into an apartmentAre you aware of everything you will be required to pay for? If utilities are together with the rent, super, but that is pretty unlikely anymore. If they are not billed together, then be sure you are aware if you will be paying directly to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is normal if your new abode is not metered). Make a checklist of the bills. Generally, you need to think about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you will be counting on streaming services). Also, you will want to obtain renters' insurance. It's inexpensive, might be required by your landlord, and usually covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability.

Work out how much rent you can actually afford. It is very common to have to have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you don't have the credit history. Yet, you must make confident you can really afford the rent in addition to utilities plus food, etc. Come up with a budget for the other expenses you have and then figure out how much you have.

Plan out what you should purchase or acquire. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and signed the lease. For instance, if your new abode has a built-in microwave, you should not need to purchase one. Assemble a checklist of what you need. Next, prioritize it so you know which items you should buy right off the bat and what purchases can be delayed. Such as, you definitely need toilet paper, but might be able to wait on throw pillows. Don’t forget you can acquire some items second hand if you want.

Do Some Box Hunting

A routine mistake that is made by first-time movers is a failure to collect boxes ahead of time. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the ability to avoid the headaches of attempting to get moving materials at the last possible moment. In the weeks before the move, make sure to swing into local retailers to find out where you might go to get the boxes that you need. Some may give them to you for free and others may charge a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can usually be bought from your local moving company in Killeen.

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Selecting an apartment that is in the best area is all about contemplating the realities of your existence. How far of a drive is it to your job? Where do you spend most of your free time? Choosing an apartment that does not place you in a position where you are forced to endure long commutes is usually vital.

Consider the community structure also. Are you a person who likes to stay up late or are you looking to start a family? Choose the neighborhood that aligns with your personal style in this regard.

Apartment Hunting in Killeen

Once it is time to start visiting apartments, it is important to remember that most of the deal-breaking issues are going to be hiding beneath the surface. For instance, examine the windows to be sure that they are not water damaged 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 things inside? These are all questions that must be answered in full prior to signing the lease.

Review the lease carefully. Make sure you know what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for assistance is perfectly normal. Leases are legal documents and may have rules that seem confusing. You need to know the terms of your lease, not just sign it blindly.

Moving In

Unless hiring a moving crew to pack for you, pack ahead of time and over a few days. It's less nerve-racking that way. In addition, packing ahead of time 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.

Don't worry. Moving is an anxious time, and it's not difficult to work yourself into a "tizzy." Slow down, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is generally less stressful than doing everything yourself. If doing any of the physical work yourself, be sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Don’t pack a box that weights too much for you 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 Killeen is a big step. Follow 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 Killeen, click here to contact us!!