Living in an apartment sometimes feels like a rite of passage for any college student or recent college grad. Nearly one-fifth of all Americans live in a rented apartment.
Saving up for the move into your own place can be a challenge. Here are 6 tips you should consider before you start shopping for couches or picking out curtains for your new apartment.
Preview Every Potential Place
Before you decide on your new place, it’s essential that you take a tour before you sign any lease. You’ll want to make sure the location is right, that the amenities are worth your stay, and that the apartment itself is in good condition.
Make a Budget and Stick to It
Renting an apartment comes with its own share of bills and monthly expenses. If you don’t have any experience with a budget, practice before you get out on your own.
Make a list of your expenses every month and don’t forget to budget for items you may need to buy, like living room furniture or kitchen supplies. Don’t go overboard; only stick to the essentials and don’t be afraid to look to discount furniture stores for financial help.
Collaborate on Filling the Space
Maybe you’re moving in with a roommate or maybe you just know someone looking to sell some discounted furniture to a new grad. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to get a little help when looking at couches, chairs, tables, and other big items for your new place. If you’re moving in with a roommate, try visiting a discount furniture store together to find pieces that match both of your tastes.
Use a Floor Plan
Before you decide to bring a bunch of office furniture in your apartment, make sure you make a floor plan so that you know how everything will fit. Your couches may only fit on two very specific walls and your kitchen table might only work when turned a certain way. The better you plan, the better luck you’ll have in making sure everything fits when you move.
Meet Your Neighbors
Apart from being able to borrow a cup of sugar when you need one, meeting your neighbors is a great way to form a support system in your new place. If you haven’t had a chance to shop for furniture, they may have recommendations on where you can find couches for sale or they may be able to point you to the best pizza in the area. Getting to know your neighbors when you move into your first apartment helps build a sense of safety in a new place.
Wait to Throw Your First Party
You may want to throw a housewarming party right away, but it’s smart to give yourself a few weeks to get settled before you invite anyone over. You’ll want to make sure you have all the supplies for a great party, as well as enough places for everyone to sit. Searching for your living room at a furniture discounter can help you prepare your new apartment for any party. Check out our discounted furniture options today!