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Things To Do Before You Move In

You’ve read and followed our guide to finding your first apartment. You’ve done your due diligence inspecting your apartment. You’ve asked your landlord all of the important questions, and you’ve read and signed your lease. Congratulations on your new home! You should be excited, but before you move in and kick up your feet in front of the tube, here are a few other items to add to your to-do list.


1. Get Renter’s Insurance
You’re a smart person. You’ve handled this apartment shopping experience with ease, but bad things can happen to anyone. Fires, tornadoes, floods and burglaries are unpredictable events outside of a person’s control. Even though your building might appear to be in perfect condition, a water main could break or your horrible-cook-of-a-neighbor could make a fiery mess of his dinner. Most people assume that they’re immune to disasters, but they never happen to people expecting them. Renter’s insurance can protect you from losses or liability if something bad does happen. There’s good news, too, renter’s insurance is super affordable. Contact insurance agents in your area for quotes, but expect coverage to cost $7-$15 a month.

2. Contact Utility Companies
You’ve identified which utilities are your responsibility.  Before you move in, be sure to contact the companies servicing your apartment and have the utilities put in your name. If you’re unsure about who to call, talk with your landlord, friends or neighbors about what are the best options in your area. Property Managers oftentimes include this information in welcome packets as well. Whatever the case, don’t spend the first night in your new apartment freezing cold and in the dark. Check this item off your list right away.

As you’re setting up your accounts, consider establishing budget billing so that your monthly payments stay the same for the entire year. Heat and electricity bills can fluctuate from season to season, so budget billing helps you stay true to your monthly budget. Your utility company may or may not offer this as an option, but it’s wise to check.

3. Have WiFi Installed
If for no other reason than to have access to motivational move-in music, be sure to schedule an appointment to have internet installed before schlepping all of your earthly possessions into your new apartment. You’ll also want to reward yourself with an episode of your favorite show after a full day of lugging heavy furniture around.

4. Change Your Address
Changing your mailing address is simple. Access the USPS website {here} to let them know when and where you’ll be moving. It costs one dollar and only takes a few minutes of your time. Updating all of your information online is a little more time consuming. Update as many of your online profiles as possible and make a point to fix the rest as you use them. 

Also, be sure to pass along your new address to friends and family. One of the joys of having your own place is checking the mail every day. Don’t miss out on holiday greetings or party invites because people don’t know where to find you.

5. Clean
Most property managers will have your apartment professionally cleaned before giving you the keys, but oftentimes you can find a little peace of mind by giving everything the once over yourself. Mop the floors, wipe down the countertops and scrub the inside of your refrigerator. It’ll give your place that new apartment smell and make it start to feel like your very own place.