Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Little Rock 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have really decided that it is time to fly from the nest and head out on your own. This is usually a very jubilant time, but it is also filled with questions that require to be answered. The mixture of elation and apprehension that takes place during this time is understandable. That's why we are here to assist you with a few first time moving recommendations that allow for a successful launch. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Yes, it could be inviting to bribe some friends with pizza and soda to assist you with the move. Saving money by not having to find professionals is a normal desire, but you will need to think this decision through carefully. If you are not preparing to employ a professional mover in Little Rock then you are going to want to look closely at your items. You should also make sure that family and friends are even able to help. In an ideal world, the help from both groups would be available. We can always use an extra set of hands or two but this is no substitute for the help and experience that a professional moving company can provide. Create a Checklist for Items You Have Taken for Granted & Think About Your Budget In other words: what are the items that you have always presumed would be paid for by your parents? There are so many items that fall into this category and you shouldn’t make the blunder of failing to consider any of them. Do you know anything about utilities or insurance? Have you ever been to the grocery by yourself? Don't think that you already know it all. Sit down with your parents and ask about all of the things that they have done for you. You just might end up being shocked by the lengthy list of items to do that you receive as a result of this much-needed discussion. Are you aware of all of the things you will need to take care of? If utilities are included with the rent, super, but that is very uncommon these days. If they are not included, then make positive you know whether you will be paying right to the utility company or through the landlord (the latter is commonplace if your new home is not metered). Make a list of the bills. Generally, you need to be aware of utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on relying on streaming services). In addition, you will need to obtain renters' insurance. It's not expensive, could be required by your landlord, and normally covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability. Work out how much rent you can afford. It is pretty normal to have to have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you do not have the credit history. But, you should be positive you can really afford the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Write down a budget for the other stuff you need and then calculate how much you have. Work out what you should purchase or come up with. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and signed the lease. For instance, if your new home has a built-in microwave, you will not need to buy one. Assemble a checklist of what you need. Then, prioritize it so it is clear what you will want to purchase right off the bat and what can hold off for a bit. Such as, you definitely need toilet paper, but might be able to wait on decorative blankets. Don’t forget you can purchase some things second hand if needed. Do Some Box Hunting A normal error that is made by rookie movers is a failure to get boxes in a timely manner. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the ability to sidestep the issues of trying to get moving materials at the eleventh hour. In the weeks before the move, make sure to stop by local retailers to find out where you should go for the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may ask for a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can usually be bought from your local moving company in Little Rock. Finding the Right Neighborhood Selecting a place that is in the right area is all about contemplating the realities of your existence. Where is your employer located? Where will you be when you have free time? Finding an apartment that does not place you in a position where you have a long commute is usually important. Consider the community style as well. Are you a person who likes to stay up late or are you looking to settle down? Select the neighborhood that lines up with your personal style in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Little Rock Once it is time to start looking at apartments, it is important to keep in mind that the majority of deal-breaking issues are going to be lurking beneath the surface. For instance, examine the windows to make sure that they are not water damaged or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too loud? How does the security set up look? What type of time-saving amenities are available on the property? Will it be easy for you to move your things inside? These are all questions that should be answered in full prior to 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 perfectly normal. Leases are legal documents and may contain rules that seem complex. You need to comprehend 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 is less stressful 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 stressful, and it's easy 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 physical work yourself, be sure to stay hydrated. Never pack a box that is too heavy 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 Little Rock is one of the biggest steps you will take in your life. 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 Little Rock, click here to contact us!!