Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Denver 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have now resolved that it is time to fly from the nest and head out on your own. This can be a very jubilant time, but it is also full of questions that need to be answered. The mixture of elation and fear that ensues during this time is normal. That is why we are here to provide you with some first time moving tips that provide for a successful launch. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Of course, it may be alluring to bribe your friends with pizza and soda to assist you with the move. Saving cash by not having to find a moving company is a common want, but you will want to think this decision through carefully. If you are not going to hire a professional mover in Denver then you are going to want to take a closer look at your items. You must also double check that family and friends are even willing to assist. In an ideal world, the assistance of both parties would be combined. We can always use an additional set of hands or two but this is no comparison to the help and experience that a professional moving company can provide. Make a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Write Out Your Budget To say it another way what are the expenses that you have always assumed would be subsidized by your parents? There are so many items that fall into this classification and don’t make the mistake of forgetting to take into consideration any of them. Are you up to speed on utilities or insurance? Have you ever been to the grocery by yourself? Do not conclude that you already know everything. Discuss with your parents and ask about all of the stuff that they have done for you. You may end up being astonished by the long list of items to do that you receive because of this much-needed conversation. Are you aware of all of the things you will be required to handle? If utilities are together with the rent, super, but that is very uncommon anymore. If they are not billed together, then make confident you are aware if you will be paying right to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is commonplace if your new place is not metered). Make a schedule of the bills. Generally, you need to think about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on counting on streaming services). Also, you will want to get renters' insurance. It's not expensive, may be called for by your landlord, and usually covers you from theft, damage, and even some liability. Calculate out how much rent you can really afford. It's not uncommon have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you don't have the credit history. But, you need to be sure you can actually manage the rent and utilities plus food, etc. Work up a budget for the other stuff you need and then figure out how much you have. Figure out what you should buy or acquire. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and executed the lease. For example, if your new abode comes with a microwave, you will not need to purchase one. Put together a list of what you need. Then, prioritize it so you know what you should buy right off the bat and which items purchases can be delayed. For instance, you will need sheets for your bed, but might be able to wait on decorative rugs. Keep in mind you can buy lots of items second hand if needed. Do Some Box Hunting A common 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 bypass the headaches of trying to track down moving materials at the eleventh hour. In the month leading up to the move, make sure to swing into local retailers to find out where you can go to get the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may charge a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can normally be purchased from your local moving company in Denver. Finding the Right Neighborhood Selecting a place that is in the best area is all about thinking about 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 doesn’t put you in a position where you are forced to endure long commutes is usually vital. Think about the community structure as well. Are you someone who likes to party or are you looking to settle down? Pick the neighborhood that best fits your personal goals in this regard. Apartment Hunting in Denver Once you begin looking at apartments, it is vital to not forget that the biggest deal-breaking problems are going to be hiding under 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 noisy? How does the security set up look? What type of time-saving amenities are available on the premises? How will you move your belongings inside? These are all questions that need to be answered in full prior to signing on the dotted line. Look over the lease carefully. Be sure you comprehend what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for help is perfectly normal. Leases are often filled with confusing legal terminology and may have rules that seem confusing. You need to understand how to interpret your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring people to pack for you, pack proactively and over a few days. It is less nerve-racking that way. In addition, packing proactively helps make sure you pack the items you need least first and the things you need most last, so that when you unpack, these items will be on the top. Don't panic. Moving is an anxious time, and it's simple to work yourself into a "tizzy." Take a deep breath, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is usually less stressful than doing the move yourself. If doing any of the heavy lifting yourself, make sure to drink plenty of water. Never pack a carton that weights too much for you to lift. (This is another great reason to hire movers, who are accustomed to lifting heavy boxes and much less likely to injure themselves.) Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Denver is a life changing event. 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 Denver, click here to contact us!!