5 Tips For Your First Apartment Move

5 Tips For Your First Apartment Move

If you are moving into your first apartment, chances are you are full of excitement and anticipation. You may also be a little nervous to be moving out of your home and into a new place by yourself.  

Moving into a new apartment and moving for the first time is a big deal! Whether you’re looking at apartments for rent in Albuquerque nm or anywhere else, it’s a time to feel happy. But there are a lot of things you will want to be aware of and be sure to do.   In this article, we will explore some important tips for your first apartment move to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as can be.

Some Important Tips To Keep In Mind For Your First Apartment Move

TIP #1: Hire Awesome Movers

The first and most important step to moving into a new apartment is to hire an awesome moving team.  And they shouldn’t be too hard to locate if you do all the footwork!

You can do a few things to ensure the movers that you hire are the right fit for your apartment move.  Talk to several residential moving companies over the phone to establish an overall feeling about how the company operates.  In addition to this, get several quotes to compare prices.  Taking the necessary steps to hire an awesome moving team is the first step to making it into your new place in a good state of mind.

Here is a summary of the important tips to keep in mind:

  • Get at least 3 quotes
  • Read reviews on Yelp
  • Speak to the movers over the phone
  • Hire a company that specializes in residential moves

TIP #2: Change Your Address

A quiet and beautiful neighborhood in Lisbon, Portugal
Photo by Annie Spratt

It’s very important, prior to moving, that you change your address.  You can do this online or in person if you visit your local post office.

Changing your address is crucial so you don’t miss any of the mail that is sent to your old house.  Mail will be forwarded to your new address to make your transition as smooth as can be.

In addition to changing your address, you will also want to update address information with credit cards, utilities and other major services you rely upon.  If you do this, you will certainly make it to your new place in one piece (and with the lights on!).

TIP #3: Buy All The Necessities

Before you arrive at your new apartment, you will want to buy all the necessities you will need for the first night and the next day.  Doing so will alleviate any stress you may experience if you didn’t have these important items and had to run out to buy them when you arrive.

When you move, it’s normal to feel exhausted.  The last thing you will want to do on your first night in your new apartment is to have to run out to the grocery store to make sure you have toilet paper.  Making sure you have essentials is a necessary first step to moving into your new place.

Some of the things you should be sure to have:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Shower curtains
  • Trash cans
  • Bedding
  • Towels

TIP #4: Find Local Businesses And Services

Tip # 4 is an important one people often neglect to do.  You should ask yourself, what are some of the services you expect to use in your new apartment?  Will there be a laundromat or will you need to find professional laundry services nearby to help you with your laundry.  What about a local gym?  Will you need to find a new one to join?  Doing the important research before your move is key to having an easy, seamless move.

TIP #5: Explore Your New Neighborhood

Now for the fun part!  Explore your new neighborhood and make yourself a local.  Try out some of the restaurants and bars in your area, and have a good time doing it.  You can invite your friends to join you or you can embark on exploring your neighborhood on your own.  Whatever you do, this step is crucial for you to feeling at home in your new place.


Moving into a new apartment can be hard the first time you do it.  But with these tips, your apartment move should be a seamless experience you can enjoy.  Good luck.

Mary Beth Gossman
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