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Your do’s and don’ts when moving in your first apartment

by Greg on September 22, 2015

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You are now an adult, whether single or in a relationship, some of you are encouraged to move out from your parents’ house and start to live your life and become an actual adult – by all means, to be able to live by yourself and support yourself.

Since it’s your first apartment, you’d think you need to go all out and buy these and that. But, no. You don’t have to. And to help you with your moving-in project, here are the do’s and don’ts you need to keep in mind when setting up your new home:

Do’s

Bring in the things you only need.
Since you’re starting a new life and possible changing the way you live in your new home, it’s the best time to reevaluate your life — and your things. Do you think you still really need your comic books from fourth grade? Or the toys your parents kept for you? How about the files you still have from your previous company?

Just because you’re moving out doesn’t mean you have to bring all your things with you. Make a checklist and track what you need to bring. Organize your stuff and once you have decided which ones you are to keep and which ones will be left behind, you might want to consider having a garage sale to earn extra money to spend on a furniture.

Ask for your family members or relatives for hand-me-downs.
Admit it, furniture is crazy expensive. With your monthly rent, utilities and other expenses, the money you spent on that brand new TV you bought could cover some of your fees.

Reach out to your friends, family, relatives and colleagues and ask if they have a piece of furniture or appliances they no longer use that they could offer you.

Buy only the essential pieces you need and don’t possess yet.
If you can’t find someone to spare you a microwave and you really think you need it for your lazy Mondays, you may now let yourself spend a couple of dollars to buy it. But remember, only buy the things that are essential (needs), not the things you think you should have (wants).

Don’ts

Buy brand new furniture.
Again, if you can find any other resources, this is not an option for you. Whoever said it’s mandatory to buy a new set of dining table or couch whenever you’re advancing in a new house doesn’t know the value of money. And, think about it, if you are lent a spare furniture from a family/friend, they have kept it long enough which only shows how valuable it is. Once you are settled in your home, you could just start saving for better and more valuable piece you might like in the future.

Buy pieces that are only meant to be placed in a specific area of the house.
A wall-mounted lamp above your bed? Not a good idea. If ever you did put it, what do you think happens to it if you decided to revamp your bedroom? Even if you unmount it, it would still leave a mark. Be careful with what you buy. Don’t burn your money for things that you only want and is only meant for a one purpose.

Also, don’t keep up too much with the trend. What if that mason jar chandelier you bought is no longer trendy, where would you put it? Be practical.

It’s normal to get all excited when touring and looking for the perfect place to live but what’s even more thrilling than that is the time you’re about to bring in your furniture, design and decorate your new place.

 

Chie Suarez

Chie Suarez is a passionate writer/blogger for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie likes watching TV series and movies, is inclined to music and has a deep interest in home design and decoration.

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