You’ve graduated, got a full-time job, and have a budding social life. The dawn of the real world is upon you. But living with mom and dad is the last little thing that’s keeping you behind.
The strong desire to get out of the house and on your own creates the potential to make a hasty decision on where and when to move.
As your local Bellevue moving company, here are some expert tips to keep in mind when planning to move into your first apartment.
Pad Your Bank Account
Living at home is relatively expense-free, depending on your situation. Perhaps your parents charge you a small amount of rent or have you pay for your own groceries. Or maybe you live with them for no charge at all.
But in moving out, you will quickly realize just how expensive life is. It’s important that you have at least two months rent living expense in your bank account (in addition to your first month’s rent and deposit) for when you’re out on your own.
Paying for a moving company is another good thing to have some cash saved for, but it is instrumental to have emergency cash reserves for health issues, car repairs, or job layoffs.
Having a strong financial safety net will help you sleep better at night and feel more stable on your own.
Hire a Moving Company
We’re sure that your parents love you very much, but they don’t necessarily love the prospect of hauling your mattress up four flights of stairs in an apartment building.
However, there are plenty of Bellevue movers who will move your mattress with a smile on their face and a song in their heart! For an agreed upon price, of course.
Hauling and moving all of your furniture and belongings can be a daunting task. Enlist some expert help from a moving company in the Bellevue area and let your parents, buddies, and “that friend with a truck” take the day off.
Be Thrifty for Furniture
If you’ve saved up a decent-sized amount of cash before moving out, it can be very tempting to blow some of it on nice furniture for your new place.
But you don’t necessarily have to splurge on brand new designer furniture in order to have a reputable first apartment. You just need to be resourceful! Here’s the Bellevue movers’ perspective on some great places to go hunting for affordable, cool furniture.
Vintage or antique shops
A lot of times, finding great deals on furniture is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Start looking early and don’t get frustrated, new items are posted on Craigslist daily.
Buy the Essentials First
Before worrying about buying light fixtures and big screen TV’s, it might be a good idea to have some plates and some cookware. Moving companies in Bellevue can help you with a lot of components in your first move, but you’ll be on your own to prepare your own meals.
Kitchen items are a commonly neglected part of any first timer’s move, as they’re so easy to take for granted. Perhaps in previous living spaces, you just borrowed these things, or you’re used to mom and dad having measuring cups in the drawer on the left.
Whatever the case may be, invest a little bit of money in some nice plates, glassware, pots, pans, measuring cups, silverware, and a table. These items are essential to future meals so you should make sure you’re happy with them!
As your premier Bellevue moving company, we’re your resource for making your first foray out into your own place. Be patient, do your research, and plan ahead! And when the time is right, give us a call and we’ll help you get comfortably settled into your first apartment.