Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in San Antonio 07/28/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group So, you have finally decided that it is time to move from the nest and head out on your own. This can be a very exciting time, but it is also brimming with questions that will need to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and trepidation that ensues during this time is normal. That is why we are here to assist you with some first time moving recommendations that allow for a successful transition. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Yes, it might be inviting to bribe some friends with pizza and soda to assist you with the move. Saving money by not having to employ a moving company is a normal desire, but you will want to think twice. If you are not preparing to hire a professional mover in San Antonio then you are going to need to look closely at your items. You should also be sure that family and friends are even able to assist. In a perfect setting, the assistance of both parties would be on hand. We can always use an extra assistant or two but this is no substitute for the help and experience that a professional moving company brings to the table. Create a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Think About Your Budget In other words: what are the items that you have always assumed would be subsidized by your parents? There are lots of expenses that are in this category and don’t make the error of failing to consider any of them. What do you know about utilities or insurance? Have you ever been to the grocery by yourself? Don't think that you already know it all. Discuss with your parents and find out more about all of the items that they have done for you. You could end up being aghast by the long list of things that you receive because of this important conversation. Do you know everything you will be required to handle? If utilities are bundled with the rent, great, but that is extremely unlikely anymore. If they are not bundled, then be positive you are aware whether you will be paying direct to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is common if your new place is not metered). Make a checklist of the bills. Usually, you will have to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you will be counting on streaming services). In addition, you should buy renters' insurance. It's cheap, could be required by your landlord, and commonly covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability. Calculate out how much rent you can really afford. It's very common have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you do not have the credit history. However, you need to be confident you can actually manage the rent in addition to utilities plus food, etc. Write down a budget for the other expenses you have and then figure out how much you have. Figure out what you need to buy or acquire. You should do this after you have choosen your apartment and executed the lease. Such as, if your new place comes with a microwave, you should not need to purchase one. Write down a checklist of what you need. Then, arrange it so you can clearly identify which items you will want to purchase right off the bat and which items you can wait on. For instance, you will need toilet paper, but might be able to wait on decorative blankets. Remember you can buy lots of things gently used if needed. Do Some Box Hunting A normal mistake that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to get cartons far enough in advance. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the capability to avoid the headaches of attempting to track down moving materials at the eleventh hour. In the weeks before the move, make sure to stop by local retailers to find out where you can go for the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may ask for a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can usually be purchased from your local moving company in San Antonio. Finding the Right Neighborhood Selecting a home that is in the right neighborhood is all about thinking about the realities of your existence. Where is your employer located? What do you like to do in your free time? Choosing an apartment that doesn’t place you in a position where you are forced to endure long commutes is usually important. Consider the community composition as well. Are you a person who likes to party or are you looking to settle down? Choose the neighborhood that lines up with your personal goals in this regard. Apartment Hunting in San Antonio Once you begin looking at apartments, it is important to not forget that the majority of deal-breaking issues are going to be hiding beneath the surface. For example, inspect the windows to make sure that the seals are not broken or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too rambunctious? What security features are available? What type of extra amenities are available at the site? Will it be easy for you to move your things inside? These are all questions that need to be answered in full before signing on the dotted line. Read the lease carefully. Be sure you know what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for assistance is okay. Leases are often filled with confusing legal terminology and may have rules that seem complex. You need to comprehend the terms of your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring a moving crew to pack for you, pack proactively and over a few days. It is less tense that way. In addition, packing proactively helps make sure you pack the things you need least first and the things you need most last, so that when you unpack, these items will be on the top. Do not fret. Moving is stressful, and it's not difficult to work yourself into a "tizzy." Relax, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is going to be less stressful than doing it yourself. If doing any of the packing and loading and unloading yourself, be sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Don’t pack a carton that is too heavy to lift. (This is another good reason to hire movers, who are conditioned and fit to lift heavy boxes and much less likely to hurt themselves.) Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in San Antonio is one of the biggest steps you will take in your life. Pay attention to 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 San Antonio, click here to contact us!!