Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Atlanta 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have finally resolved that it is time to leave the nest and strike out on your own. This will be a very fun time, but it is also brimming with questions that will need to be answered. The mixture of elation and trepidation that ensues during this time is common. That is why we are here to help you with the first time moving suggestions that allow for a successful transition. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Yes, it may be inviting to “pay” your friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Saving cash by not having to find professional movers is a normal desire, but you should take an objective point of view in these instances. If you are not going to be hiring a professional mover in Atlanta then you are going to have to scrutinize your belongings. You must also be sure that family and friends are even able to assist. In an ideal world, the help from both groups would be on hand. We can always use an additional assistant 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 To say it another way what are the expenses that you have always presumed would be subsidized by your parents? There are lots of expenses that are in this category and you cannot make the error of neglecting to plan for any of them. Do you know anything 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 ask about all of the stuff that they have done for you. You just might end up being aghast by the lengthy list of items to do that you get handed to you because of this much-needed conversation. Do you know everything you need to handle? If utilities are included with the rent, excellent, but that is pretty uncommon these days. If they are not bundled, then make sure you understand whether you will be paying directly to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is common if your new home is not metered). Make a list of the bills. Generally, you will have to be aware of utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on depending on streaming services). In addition, you should get renters' insurance. It's cheap, might be required by your landlord, and commonly covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability. Figure out how much rent you can afford. It's not uncommon to have to have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you do not have the credit history. Yet, you need to make positive you can really manage the rent in addition to utilities plus food, etc. Write down a budget for the other expenses you have and then see how much you have. Work out what you must buy or acquire. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and signed the lease. Such as, if your new place has a built-in microwave, you should not need to buy one. Put together a checklist of everything you need. Next, arrange it so it is clear what you should buy right off the bat and what purchases can be delayed. Such as, you definitely need sheets for your bed, but might be able to wait on throw blankets. Keep in mind you can acquire some items gently used if you want. Do Some Box Hunting A routine error that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to get cartons ahead of time. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the power to bypass the hassles of trying to get moving supplies at the eleventh hour. In the month leading up to the move, be sure to swing into local stores to find out where you might go to obtain the boxes that you need. Some may give them to you for free and others may ask for a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can always be purchased from your local moving company in Atlanta. Finding the Right Neighborhood Selecting an apartment that is in the right area is all about considering the realities of your existence. Where is your employer located? Where do you spend most of your free time? Finding an apartment that doesn’t put you in a position where you are forced to endure long commutes is usually important. Think about the community composition also. Are you a person who likes to party or are you looking to start a family? Pick the neighborhood that best fits your personal goals in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Atlanta Once it is time to start looking at apartments, it is vital to not forget that most of the deal-breaking problems are going to be hiding out beneath the surface. For example, take a closer look at the windows to make sure that they are not water damaged or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too noisy? How does the security set up look? What type of extra amenities are available on the property? How will you move your stuff inside? These are all questions that must be answered in full prior to signing any paperwork. Look over the lease carefully. Make sure you comprehend what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for assistance is okay. Leases are often filled with confusing legal terminology and may have rules that seem complex. You need to comprehend the terms of your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring a moving company to pack for you, pack proactively and over a few days. It is less nerve-racking that way. In addition, packing ahead of time helps make sure you pack the belongings you need least first and the things you need most last, that is on the top. Do not fret. Moving is an anxious time, and it is 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 packing and loading and unloading yourself, make sure to drink plenty of water. Never pack a box that weights too much for you to lift. (This is another wonderful reason to hire movers, who are accustomed to lifting heavy boxes and much less likely to hurt themselves.) Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Atlanta is one of the biggest steps you will take in your life. Follow the above suggestions to make it all go well and avoid getting into financial, or other, trouble. And, if you need help with moving in or to Atlanta, click here to contact us!!