Moving to a new condo apartment is quite a challenge. This is partly because you have to say goodbye to your old house and all the memories it bears, but also because that’s when you realize you don’t have some of the bare necessities you need to survive.
If you’re being housed by your parents or using a living space that’s not yours, this realization will hit you even harder. In case you are in such a situation or are planning to move soon, don’t worry. We have created a new apartment checklist to help make this transition as stress-free as possible:
1. Moving Out
Regardless of where you are moving out from, you need to plan for it days or even weeks ahead. To declutter your apartment condo, arrange all the items you would want to keep, sell those you wish to replace and give away those you don’t really need. This will make it much easier to pack up the items come the D-day. Next, identify any area of the house that may have been damaged and start making all the necessary repairs to return the apartment to its original condition.
Also, remember to notify your family or close friends about the moving date so they can help you move things around, or, better yet, hire a team of professional movers. By law, you’re also required to provide a written notice to the landlord of your intent to move prior. Depending on your lease terms, the notification period is usually about 90 days.
2. Purchase Furniture
Before you list out all the furniture you’ll buy in your new apartment checklist, get the measurements of all the rooms in the condo. You can choose to visit the new place yourself or ask someone to get you the measurements instead. This way, you can judge if your existing furniture will fit or not. In case it doesn’t, at least you’ll have a good idea of what you’re looking for when shopping. More often than not, the whole process of moving to a new place eats into your budget.
Instead of spending on fancy new furniture for your apartment, how about you start off with the most basic pieces of furniture (such as beds, dining table and chairs, desk and a chair, a comfortable couch and dressers)? Add more furniture as you settle into your new living space. Take advantage of garage sales and discount stores and get as many items as you can from your close friends or family.
3. Kitchen Essentials
This is among the key things to consider when moving into your new condo. After all, no one wants to be that guy who uses a coffee mug to eat cereal from because the only bowl they have is used to store leftover refried beans in the fridge, right? As it is with furniture, you don’t have to overstretch your budget just so you can get every item on the list.
All you need is a basic kitchen set that includes dish soap and sponges, a minimum of two pots and a frying pan, pot holders or cloths, a drying rack for your dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils, plates and bowls, as well as glasses and coffee mugs. In addition, you should also invest in a high-quality knife set, mixing bowls, kettle, measuring cups and spoons, paper towels, and food storage containers. Finally, don’t forget to buy a cutting board, can opener, bottle opener and corkscrew, garbage bags and recycling bins.
4. Cleaning Supplies
Clean your apartment thoroughly before moving furniture inside. Some of the cleaning supplies you might need are mops, buckets, vacuum cleaner (especially for carpets), cleaning cloths, sponges, toilet scrubber and a cleaning solution.
You may also need white vinegar, multi-surface cleaning spray, cleaning wipes, air fresheners, disinfectant sprays, stain remover, laundry detergent, fabric softener and laundry baskets. These supplies keep your apartment clean and deal with spills or hidden dirt as you settle in.
5. Bathroom Supplies
After a long day of unpacking your items, you probably look forward to enjoying that hot shower in your new home. For this, you need a well-equipped bathroom. Ensure you have the following items: hand and bath towels, bathing soap, washcloths, shower curtain and liners, bath mats, toothbrush holder, toilet brush, toilet plunger, toilet paper and bathroom cleaning supplies.
6. Mattresses, Pillows and Beddings
These should be among some of the first items you buy for your new apartment checklist. In as much as it may prove to be a time-consuming venture, you need to create time and pick out the right mattress.
Otherwise, you could be sleeping on the floor for a whole month simply because you had a crazy schedule and didn’t manage to buy a mattress on time. If you want convenience and value for your money, consider ordering your mattress online. Other than the mattress, remember to buy pillows, beddings and a mattress topper if need be.
7. Miscellaneous Items
In your new apartment checklist, there might be items that you cannot put into any of the above categories. These are usually the miscellaneous items you may need for literally any situation. Flashlights, batteries, light bulbs, candles, extension cords, a document folder for all your important documents, broom and dustpan, toolbox containing a hammer, duct tape, pliers, wrench, masking tape and a box-cutter and fans are some of the items in this category.