Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Dallas 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have finally decided that it is time to leave the nest and be out on your own. This will be a very fun time, but it is also brimming with questions that require to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and fear that occurs during this time is normal. That is why we are here to assist you with some first time moving recommendations that provide for a successful move. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Of course, it might be inviting to “pay” a few friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Conserving some dollars by not having to find professional movers is a usual want, but you should take an objective point of view in these instances. If you are not going to hire a professional mover in Dallas then you are going to want to scrutinize your items. You should also make sure that family and friends are even able to lend a hand. In a perfect world, the assistance of both parties will be available. We can always use an extra helper 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 & Plan Your Budget In other words: what are the things that you have always presumed would be subsidized by your parents? There are a lot of things that fall into this category and you cannot make the mistake of forgetting to take into consideration any of them. What do you know about utilities or insurance? Have you ever been to the grocery by yourself? Don't conclude that you already know it all. Talk with your parents and question them 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 conversation. Are you aware of all of the things you will be required to take care of? If utilities are included with the rent, great, but that is very unlikely these days. If they are not included, then be sure you know if you will be paying directly to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is commonplace if your new place is not metered). Make a checklist of the bills. Generally, you need to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on depending on streaming services). Additionally, you will need to obtain renters' insurance. It's not expensive, might be called for by your landlord, and normally covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability. Calculate out how much rent you can really afford. It's pretty normal to have to have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you do not have the credit history. But, you must be positive you can really manage the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Come up with a budget for the other expenses you have and then calculate how much you have. Work out what you must buy or acquire. You should do this after you have picked your apartment and executed the lease. Such as, if your new home comes with a microwave, you should not need to purchase one. Write down a checklist of everything you need. Next, arrange it so you can clearly identify which items you should buy right off the bat and which items purchases can be delayed. Such as, you definitely need trash cans, but might be able to wait on throw pillows. Don’t forget you can buy a lot of stuff second hand if you want. Do Some Box Hunting A normal error that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to collect cartons in a timely manner. By thinking ahead, a first-time mover has the power to bypass the hassles of trying to get moving materials at the last possible moment. In the weeks before the move, make sure to stop by local stores 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 normally be bought from your local moving company in Dallas. Finding the Right Neighborhood Selecting a home that is in the right neighborhood is all about considering the realities of your existence. Where will you be working? Where do you spend most of your free time? Selecting an apartment that doesn’t place you in a position where you will have a crazy long commute is usually key. Ponder the community structure also. Are you someone who likes to stay up late or are you looking to start a family? Select the neighborhood that lines up with your personal goals in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Dallas Once it is time to start looking at apartments, it is crucial to remember that most of the deal-breaking problems are going to be lurking under 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 rambunctious? What security features are available? What type of time-saving amenities are available on the premises? Will it be easy for you to move your belongings inside? These are all questions that need to be answered in full prior to signing the lease. Review the lease carefully. Be sure you comprehend what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for help is not shameful. Leases are often multiple pages and may contain rules that seem odd. You need to understand the terms of your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring a moving company to pack for you, pack well in advance and over a few days. It's less stressful that way. In addition, packing proactively helps make sure you pack the things you need least first and the things you need most last, that is on the top. Don't worry. Moving is a nerve-racking event, and it's simple to work yourself into a "tizzy." Take a deep breath, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is going to be less stressful than doing everything yourself. If doing any of the heavy lifting yourself, make sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Never pack a carton that weights too much for you to lift. (This is another great reason to hire movers, who are conditioned and fit to lift heavy boxes and much less likely to injure themselves.) Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Dallas is a big step. Pay attention to 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 Dallas, click here to contact us!!