By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
So, you have finally decided that it is time to leave the nest and head out on your own. This will be a very exciting time, but it is also filled with questions that require to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and fear that occurs during this time is common. That is why we are here to help you with some first time moving suggestions that provide for a successful launch.
Deciding Whether to Use Professionals
Of course, it might be inviting to “pay” your friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Conserving some dollars by not having to find professional movers is a normal want, but you will need to take an objective point of view in these instances. If you are not going to hire a professional mover in Tulsa and Oklahoma City then you are going to need to scrutinize your items.
You must also be sure that family and friends are even able to help. In an ideal world, the assistance of both parties will be available. We can always use an extra helper or two but this is no comparison to the help and experience that a professional moving company has to offer.
Create a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Plan Your Budget
In other words: what are the things that you have always presumed would be subsidized by your parents? There are lots of items that are in this category and don’t make the mistake of forgetting to take into consideration any of them. What do you know about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done any grocery shopping for yourself?
Don't conclude that you already know everything. Talk with your parents and question them about all of the things that they have done for you. You just might end up being shocked by the lengthy list of items to do that you receive because of this important conversation.
Are you aware of all of the things you will be required to take care of? If utilities are included with the rent, super, but that is pretty uncommon these days. If they are not included, then be sure you know if you will be paying directly to the utility company or via the landlord (the latter is normal if your new place is not metered). Make a list of the bills. Generally, you need to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on counting on streaming services). Additionally, you will need to obtain renters' insurance. It's not expensive, could be called for by your landlord, and normally covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability.
Work out how much rent you can really afford. It's pretty normal to have to have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you do not have the credit history. However, you need to be positive you can really manage the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Write down a budget for the other expenses you have and then see how much you have.
Work out what you must buy or acquire. You should do this after you have picked your apartment and executed the lease. Such as, if your new home comes with a microwave, you should not need to invest in one. Write down a checklist of everything you need. Next, prioritize it so you can clearly identify which items you should buy right off the bat and which items purchases can be delayed. For instance, you definitely need trash cans, but might be able to wait on throw pillows. Keep in mind you can buy a lot of stuff second hand if you want.
Do Some Box Hunting
A normal error that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to collect cartons far enough in advance. By being as proactive as possible, a first-time mover has the capability to bypass the hassles of trying to find moving materials at the last possible moment. In the weeks ahead of the move, make sure to stop by local retail stores to find out where you might go to obtain the boxes that you need. Some may give them to you for free and others may charge a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can normally be bought from your local moving company in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Finding the Right Neighborhood
Choosing a home that is in the best neighborhood is all about considering the realities of your existence. How far of a drive is it to your job? Where do you spend most of your free time? Selecting an apartment that doesn’t place you in a position where you have a long commute is usually key.
Think about the community makeup also. Are you someone who likes to stay up late or are you looking to start a family? Select the neighborhood that lines up with your personal goals in this regard.
Apartment Hunting in Tulsa and Oklahoma City
Once it is time to start looking at apartments, it is vital to remember that the majority of deal-breaking issues are going to be hiding under the surface. For example, inspect the windows to make sure that they are not water damaged or compromised in any way.
Are the neighbors too rambunctious? What security features are available? What type of time-saving amenities are available on the premises? Will it be easy for you to move your things inside? These are all questions that need to be answered in full prior to signing any paperwork.
Review the lease carefully. Be sure you comprehend what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for help is not shameful. Leases are legal documents and may contain rules that seem odd. You need to comprehend what is going on with your lease, not just sign it blindly.
Unless hiring a moving crew to pack for you, pack well in advance and over a few days. It's less stressful that way. In addition, packing ahead of time helps make sure you pack the things you need least first and the things you need most last, that is on the top.
Don't worry. Moving is a nerve-racking event, and it's easy to work yourself into a "tizzy." Relax, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is going to be less stressful than doing everything yourself. If doing any of the physical work yourself, make sure to take breaks to rest and hydrate yourself. Never pack a carton that weights too much for you to lift. (This is another wonderful reason to hire movers, who are used to lifting heavy boxes and much less likely to injure themselves.)
Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Tulsa and Oklahoma City is a big step. Pay attention to the above suggestions to make it all go well and avoid getting into financial, or other, trouble. And, if you need help with moving in or to Tulsa and Oklahoma City, click here to contact us!!