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List of Things to Buy When Moving Into an Apartment

May 12th, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Moving into a new apartment

Moving into a new apartment is a big step, especially if it’s your first time living on your own. During this exciting transition, there’s probably a lot you’ll want to accomplish. But where do you start? We’ve compiled a new apartment checklist that will help you keep track of everything you need. Download it now and keep reading for other tips on moving into a new place.  

new home checklist

Setting a budget

Before buying anything, plan a realistic budget. Though it can be tempting to rush out and get everything right away, you want to make sure you’ve got plenty of money for rent and utilities. Look for coupons and sales that can help stretch your budget or go bargain hunting at consignment shops, resale shops, garage sales and online classified ads (just make sure you read over these 5 Craigslist scams to avoid before you buy online).

Things to buy for a new apartment

Once you know how much you can spend, it’s time to prioritize your shopping list. Begin with essentials like a bed and dishes. If you have to wait for things like a dining room table, it’s not the end of the world. You can eat dinner on the couch or make a picnic on the floor for a few weeks while you save. If you’re lucky enough to have a new home that’s already furnished, focus your budget on day-to-day items like cleaning supplies. You know your routine and the things that are most important, so acquire that stuff first. 

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

  • Are you moving long distance or across town? While some things are just fine to move across town, there are items that are unsafe to move long distances like flammables, combustible liquids, explosives, compressed gases, perishable foods and cleaning supplies. (Check out additional items on the do not ship list found on the U-Pack®site.) If you need anything that can’t be shipped, it’s best to buy it when you arrive at your new home.
  • Will you have a roommate? If you’re leaving a roommate behind, you may not be able to bring shared items. Add them to your list if you’ll need them in the new place. On the flip side, a new roommate may have already purchased some of the things on the apartment checklist. Ask them what they’re bringing so you don’t spend unnecessary money.

Printable new apartment checklist

Here are 12 of the most essential things you need when moving out:

  1. Bed and bedding
  2. Sofa
  3. Kitchenware
  4. Cleaning supplies
  5. Trash can and bags
  6. Lighting (lamp, flashlight)
  7. Clothes hangers
  8. Blinds or curtains
  9. Ironing board or steamer
  10. Microwave
  11. First-aid kit
  12. Tools

For a full list of things to buy, download the new apartment checklist.

Get ready to move

Download the apartment moving checklist and head to the store! It’s never too soon to start packing stuff up for your move. If you need advice on packing, read our 21 Tips on How to Pack for a Move blog post. We hope you love your new apartment and find a lot of personal and affordable items to make it feel like home.

What are the things you absolutely can’t live without at your apartment? Share with us in the comments below!

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