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List of Things to Buy When Moving Into an Apartment

March 30th, 2015 - 9:27 AM

What should I buy for my new apartment?

Moving into a new apartment is a big step, especially if it’s your first time venturing out on your own. Once you sign the lease and pay the deposit, there’s only one thing left to do: move in! But you can’t exactly do that without purchasing a few essentials. So where do you start? We recommend creating a budget and printing off a checklist (like the one below)…now let the new apartment adventure begin!

Setting a budget for your new apartment

Before you buy anything, figure out how much you have to spend on outfitting your new home. Once your budget is set, prioritize based on your needs, then your wants. You may want to buy some items new (store coupons and sales can help stretch your budget), and with a little bargain hunting, you may also be able to find some items you need for your new apartment at resale shops, consignment shops, garage sales, and online classified ads (just make sure you read over these 5 Craigslist scams to avoid before you buy online).

A helpful list of things to buy when moving into an apartment

If this is your first apartment, you can probably start out with just the basics and add things as needed. Be sure to measure the space ahead of time so you don’t end up buying furniture that doesn’t fit. If it’s a furnished apartment, you may be able to make it with just a few small pieces, or, if you're lucky, you may not have to buy any furniture at all. If that’s the case, focus your budget mostly on items for the day-to-day.

Download the ultimate apartment checklist below to start crossing items off your list!

Printable New Apartment Checklist

(click on the image to download or print the checklist)

Things to buy when moving into an apartment

Before you head to the store to buy the supplies you need for your new apartment, there are a couple of things to consider:

  1. Are you moving long distance or across town? Some things are just fine to move across town but not okay to move long distances (flammables, perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and other items on the Do Not Ship List).
  1. Will you have a roommate? If you’re leaving a roommate behind, you may not be able to bring some shared items with you. On the flip side, a new roommate may already have some of the things you’ll need.

Ready to move into your new apartment?

Then download this list of things to buy for a new apartment and head to the store! We hope you love your new place and find lots of items to make it a home.

What are the things you absolutely can’t live without at your apartment?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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