Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Oklahoma City 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have finally decided that it is time to move from the nest and be out on your own. This is usually a very fun time, but it is also filled with questions that will need to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and fear that ensues during this time is common. That is why we are here to provide you with the first time moving tips that allow for a successful move. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Of course, it may be inviting to bribe some friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Conserving money by not having to find a moving company is a common want, but you will need to take an objective point of view in these instances. If you are not going to employ a professional mover in Oklahoma City then you are going to need to look closely at your items. You need to also make sure that family and friends are even willing to assist. In a perfect setting, the help from both groups will be on hand. We can always use an additional assistant or two but this is no substitute for the help and experience that a professional moving company brings to the table. Make a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Think About Your Budget To say it another way what are the things that you have always presumed would be paid for by your parents? There are lots of items that fall into this category and don’t make the error of forgetting to plan for any of them. Do you know anything about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done your own grocery shopping? Do not conclude that you already know everything. Talk with your parents and ask about all of the items that they have done for you. You just might end up being astonished by the lengthy to-do list that you receive after this crucial conversation. Do you know all of the things you will need to take care of? If utilities are together with the rent, excellent, but that is pretty rare anymore. If they are not included, then make sure you understand if you will be paying direct to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is common if your new abode is not metered). Make a checklist of the bills. Usually, you need to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you will be depending on streaming services). Also, you should obtain renters' insurance. It's not expensive, may be required by your landlord, and normally covers you from theft, damage, and even some liability. Figure out how much rent you can actually 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. Yet, you need to make positive you can actually manage the rent in addition to utilities plus food, etc. Work up a budget for the other stuff you need and then see how much you have. Work out what you should purchase or come up with. You should do this after you have selected your apartment and signed the lease. Such as, if your new home has a built-in microwave, you should not need to purchase one. Write down a list of everything you need. Then, arrange it so it is clear which items you will want to purchase first and which items purchases can be delayed. For example, you will need sheets for your bed, but might be able to wait on decorative pillows. Remember you can buy lots of things gently used if needed. Do Some Box Hunting A routine mistake that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to get boxes far enough in advance. By being as proactive as possible, a first-time mover has the ability to bypass the headaches of trying to track down moving materials at the last possible moment. In the weeks leading up to the move, be sure to visit local stores to figure out where you should go to obtain the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may ask for a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can normally be purchased from your local moving company in Oklahoma City. Finding the Right Neighborhood Finding a home that is in the best area is all about considering 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 have a long commute is usually vital. Ponder the community structure as well. Are you a person who likes to stay up late or are you looking to start a family? Pick the neighborhood that best fits your personal style in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Oklahoma City Once you begin looking at apartments, it is crucial to not forget that most of the deal-breaking issues are going to be hiding out under the surface. For example, take a closer look at the windows to be sure that the seals are not broken or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too rambunctious? How does the security set up look? What type of extra amenities are available on the premises? How will you move your belongings inside? These are all questions that should be answered in full before signing the lease. Look over the lease carefully. Be sure you understand 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 odd. You need to understand 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 tense that way. Also, packing proactively 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 worry. Moving is stressful, and it is easy to work yourself into a "tizzy." Slow down, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is usually less stressful than doing everything yourself. If doing any of the packing and loading and unloading yourself, make sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Never pack a box that is too heavy to lift. (This is another wonderful reason to hire movers, who are used 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 Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City, click here to contact us!!