Moving into your first apartment after college can be an exciting experience. Whether you have roomed with other college students for the last four years or you have lived with your parents, now is the time to really venture out into the world, getting your first post-college job. There are several things you can do to ensure your move into your first post-college apartment goes well.
Pick the Right Neighborhood
If you are planning to live near your hometown or near where you went to college, you may already know the best neighborhoods in the area. If you are moving across the country, to a new state, or even to a town an hour or so away from where you currently live, you might be less familiar with the neighborhoods.
When it comes to picking the right neighborhood, safety should be a top priority. Especially if you are moving to an unfamiliar city, become familiar with crime statistics in the neighborhoods you are considering. Often, this information can be found online. You can also seek advice through social media. A friend or even a friend of a friend may be able to tell you the safest neighborhoods in the area.
It is also important to look for a building with safety features, especially if you end up settling for an apartment in one of the less-safe neighborhoods in the area. These safety features may include security cameras, high-quality locks on the doors, and a well-lit parking lot.
Downsize as Needed
As a college student, you likely incurred a lot of junk that you no longer need. Many recent college graduates also have a lot of stuff back at their parents’ houses. While some parents will continue to let their adult children store stuff at their childhood home, now is a good time to decide what items you still need.
At the very least, separate your items into three areas: get rid of, store, and take with you. If you have the time, you may want to sell some of the items you no longer need. This money can help you pay for your move.
If you plan to live alone or if you are moving to a place with a higher cost of living than the area where you currently live, you may have to settle for an apartment that has even less space than the apartment where you lived as a college student. This may mean downsizing your wardrobe, books, and other items.
Pack According to Room
One of the best ways to make things easier for yourself after your move is to make sure your items are sorted, packed, and labeled according to where they will go in your apartment. Items you know you will need right away should either be packed together or taken with you in your vehicle. You do not want to spend half an hour searching through several boxes trying to find your toolbox just so you can put your bed together.
Contact the Movers Early
Unfortunately, some recent college graduates are hired for their first post-college job and they have to move with almost no notice. If you are using movers, book them as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely there will be delays or other issues with your move.
Enjoy Your New Life
One of the most important parts of starting your life in your apartment post-college is to be sure to enjoy the experience. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Familiarize yourself with your neighborhood. Your neighbors can likely give you tips on great restaurants, fun hangouts, and advice on other places you should know in the area.
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