Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in Tulsa 07/28/2018By 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 jubilant time, but it is also full of questions that require to be answered. The mixture of excitement and fear that ensues during this time is normal. That's why we are here to provide you with some first time moving suggestions that provide for a successful transition. Deciding Whether to Use Professionals Of course, it could be tempting to bribe some friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Saving some dollars by not having to hire professional movers is a normal want, but you will need to think twice. If you are not preparing to employ a professional mover in Tulsa then you are going to need to look closely at your things. You should also be sure that family and friends are even able to assist. In an ideal world, the help from both groups would be combined. We can always use an extra assistant or two but this is no substitute for the help and experience that a professional moving company brings to the table. Create a Checklist for Items You Have Taken for Granted & Plan Your Budget Or... what are the expenses that you have always presumed would be subsidized by your parents? There are a lot of things that appear in this category and you cannot make the mistake of forgetting to plan for any of them. What do you know about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done any grocery shopping for yourself? Don't decide that you already know everything. Talk with your parents and question them about all of the stuff that they have done for you. You may end up being surprised by the extended to-do list that you receive after this important discussion. Are you aware of all of the things you will be required to take care of? If utilities are included with the rent, great, but that is extremely uncommon these days. If they are not billed together, then be sure you are aware whether you will be paying direct to the utility company or through the landlord (the latter is common if your new place is not metered). Make a checklist of the bills. Generally, you need to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on counting on streaming services). In addition, you will need to obtain renters' insurance. It's cheap, could be called for by your landlord, and usually covers you from theft, damage, and even some liability. Work out how much rent you can afford. It is very common have your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you don't have the credit history. However, you must be sure you can really manage the rent and utilities plus food, etc. Work up a budget for the other stuff you need and then calculate how much you have. Plan out what you must purchase or acquire. You should do this after you have selected your apartment and signed the lease. Such as, if your new home comes with a microwave, you will not need to purchase one. Assemble a checklist of everything you need. Then, prioritize it so you know what you will want to purchase first and what purchases can be delayed. For example, you surely need sheets for your bed, but might be able to wait on decorative blankets. Keep in mind you can purchase a lot of things gently used if you want. Do Some Box Hunting A common error that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to obtain boxes in a timely manner. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the capability to avoid the headaches of trying to get moving supplies at the eleventh hour. In the month ahead of the move, be sure to visit local stores to figure out where you should go to obtain the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may require a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can normally be purchased from your local moving company in Tulsa. Finding the Right Neighborhood Choosing a place that is in the best neck of the woods is all about thinking about the realities of your existence. Where is your employer located? What do you like to do in your free time? Finding an apartment that doesn’t place you in a position where you are forced to endure long commutes is usually important. Ponder the community composition also. Are you a person 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 Once you commence looking at apartments, it is crucial to keep in mind that the majority of deal-breaking points of contention are going to be lurking beneath the surface. For example, take a closer look at the windows to be sure that they are not water damaged or compromised in any way. Are the neighbors too noisy? How does the security set up look? What type of extra amenities are available on the property? How will you move your belongings inside? These are all questions that must be answered in full before signing on the dotted line. Read 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 often multiple pages and may contain rules that seem confusing. You need to understand what is going on with your lease, not just sign it blindly. Moving In Unless hiring people to pack for you, pack ahead of time and over a few days. It is less tense that way. In addition, packing ahead of time helps make sure you pack the items you need least first and the things you need most last, that is on the top. Don't fret. Moving is stressful, and it is easy to work yourself into a "tizzy." Relax, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is usually less stressful than doing it yourself. If doing any of the heavy lifting yourself, be sure to stay hydrated. Do not pack a box that you are unable to lift. (This is another good reason to hire movers, who are accustomed to lifting heavy boxes and much less likely to hurt themselves.) Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in Tulsa is a big step. Heed 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, click here to contact us!!