The ultimate list if you're moving out of home for the first time and don't know where to start, so grab your notepad and let's get planning!
Moving out of home for the first time can be daunting. Our essential checklist includes everything you need to make moving out easy. Read on to see what we include in this go-to apartment checklist.
If you're moving into an apartment that covers the cost of utilities in the rental price, be sure to check the lease or ask the real estate agency to see who is responsible for activating the utilities. Sometimes the landlord will do this, other times the tenant is responsible. It's important they are activated on time for your move, otherwise you'll be left in the cold and dark with no Wi-Fi!
Water is always connected and stays in the landlord's name. There are different tenancy guidelines for payment of water, for example, in NSW the landlord is responsible for payment of water supply charges unless required otherwise.
This should be turned on before your move in date so that your transition is as smooth as possible. Some places will require both electricity and gas, whereas others might be electric only. When opening an account with your local provider make sure to do so for both electricity and gas if your location requires it. This should be turned on before your move in date so that your transition is as smooth as possible. Some places will require both electricity and gas, whereas others might be electric only. When opening an account with your local provider make sure to do so for both electricity and gas if your location requires it.
Many providers offer a combination service for internet and television connection. Technicians are in high-demand and this step can take some time, so it is recommended to look into this sooner rather than later.
Changing your address is an important step for moving out, your parcels can't go back home to mum's house! Seriously though, you don't want your personal documentation and correspondence to be lost or into the wrong hands so you need to update your details so the right people can find you.
Here are some examples of people to let know of your changed details:
Once the important and technical things are sorted, you can think about the household items you will need for your first apartment. Ensuring all of the pre-moving list items are complete allows for more time to collect all of the actual belongings you will need for your home.
Apartment essentials can cause a lot of people stress at the get go, but if you follow our way with the following apartment categories, everything should move more smoothly.
Many people forget about this category when they move out of home, and it's a big mistake to make when something goes wrong and there is nothing to clean it up with! The best thing to purchase first is a multi-purpose cleaner that can wipe down any surface. Following this is dishwashing liquid, even home brands are great because we don't want dirty dishes piled up with nothing to clean them with. Other supplies include laundry-based items and larger utensils for cleaning, like a broom.
Remember, when you first move in you only need to worry about feeding yourself and those actually living with you. You don't need a brand-new twelve-piece dinner set right away, just make sure there are enough utensils for everyone to use for their meals. Having some essentials to begin with is important, even if they are from a thrift store and you get the ones you want later.
These essentials are some of the easiest to get sorted - did someone say Kmart trip? You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on bathroom items, and it's a good idea to keep your toiletries somewhere easily accessible during the move so you can have a shower and unwind easily after unpacking.
Sleeping on the floor should not be an option, so at least have a mattress and one sheet set ready to go for your first night in the new place. If you can bring a bed that's great, but if not, at least having a mattress to sleep on is a good start. Don't forget your pillows too!
The gathering area should be a warm and welcoming place, so for starters make sure there is a lounge or arm chairs of some kind. There is nothing worse than coming home after a long day of work and not being able to sit in a comfy lounge, especially if your bed isn't completely sorted yet.
Having a suitable dining table for your space is important too, so maybe wait and see how your existing furniture (if any) fits in the area before purchasing other pieces.
There are various bits and bobs that are useful for having around the home. While some of these will be more important than others, they are useful to consider when finalizing your first apartment checklist.
Moving out of home for the first time and moving in with friends or strangers can take a bit of getting used to. We've all seen roommates in movies labelling individual eggs in the fridge, so here are a few tips so it doesn't come to that.
We hope this moving out essentials guide has been helpful in assisting with all issues relating to your move. Oh, and don't forget to buy your mum a present before you leave the nest - she's going to miss you. Good luck with your first apartment!
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