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Moving into your first apartment is exciting, but can also be stressful and overwhelming. An apartment provides the first place for your memories you will make, so it’s important to start strong!

At Liberty Properties, we prioritize comfortable living; this starts with moving in. We want you to feel right at home in your apartment. Here are four tips to make moving into your apartment go as smoothly as possible:

Be Prepared

This may seem like an obvious tip, but preparation is the most important factor of a successful move-in day. There are many ways you can make sure you are as prepared as possible when move-in day arrives.

Make a checklist

An organized list of what you need in your apartment will ensure that you have all the essentials in your new apartment. This list should include everything from silverware to shower curtains and will keep you on track throughout your move. This will also allow you to feel confident that you have all that you need, and eliminate any stress about forgetting something. See point 4.

Set a budget

Moving can be expensive.To eliminate any stress that may be caused by money while moving in, plan ahead for the costs to come. Plan for purchases such as furniture, cleaning supplies, pantry items, bedding, and other basic necessities. Being aware of the costs during the moving process will allow you to feel much more comfortable in your new apartment.

Purchase packing supplies

The last thing you want on move-in day is to discover your favorite items have broken into pieces. Ensuring you have gotten the appropriate packing supplies will make a huge difference in keeping your items safe and in-tact! Moving boxes, specialty packages, bubble wrap, and quality tape are essential in safely transporting your belongings to your apartment.

Communicate with your roommate

Clear communication with your roommate prior to moving in is a helpful way to eliminate some of the stress on move-in day. Miscommunication can lead to problems such as not having essential items, or even having duplicate items.

Get to know each other first

If at all possible, get to know your roommate as much as you can before moving in. This will prevent any surprises about who you’ll be sharing a space with. The best way to make that space more comfortable is to ensure that you can communicate well with who you will be living with.

Assign each other items to bring

Discussing what items are important for daily use will prevent you from having an extra toaster or realizing you are missing a couch. To do this, make a list of shared items that you will both use and assign a person to bring each item. A good rule to follow is to try to make sure that each roommate contributes roughly the same amount financially to the common items.

Discuss decor

It is important to know where each person stands on the topic of decor. Some people aren’t as opinionated about the apartment decor, but some people have strong opinions on the matter. Be sure that you communicate about this before! Discuss how important decorating is to the both of you, and try to create a compromised plan for the areas you’ll be sharing.

Declutter Before Moving

Decluttering your items before you move makes unpacking much easier when you arrive at your new apartment. UCLA conducted a study where they found a connection between clutter and stress. So, why not eliminate some of your move-in stress if you can?

Before entering into a new space, it is important to eliminate as many of these move-in stressors as possible. Cleaning out your things before moving in allows you to have only the items you need and use. This gives you the opportunity for a perfect fresh start.

Work through categories

For a more efficient decluttering process, going through your items by category will be the most effective method. For example, decluttering the clothes in your closet can help make the process move much quicker. Other categories might include kitchen supplies, pantry items, or even books. When decluttering your things, ask yourself questions such as:

-Will I want this item in my new apartment?

-Have I worn or used this item in the past six months?

-Does this item make me happy or hold any sentimental value?

Working through categories in this way will ultimately help declutter your space and make the move in easier.

Make your apartment feel like home

The transition to living in your own place can be nerve-wracking and uneasy for some. To make this transition easier, try to find simple ways to make sure you feel comfortable and at home in your new space.

Decorate

There are many ways to decorate your apartment while staying within your apartment’s guidelines. Decorating is a great way to incorporate your personality into your apartment and make you feel more comfortable after moving in. Pillows, rugs, and greenery are only some of the endless options that are available to you when it comes to decorating your apartment.

Get to know the area

Being familiar with the area around your apartment is another way to ease the process of moving in. Knowing what there is to do around you definitely gives you a sense of familiarity and allows you to get the most out of your time living there. Try visiting local shops or simply take a walk around your new neighborhood.

Meet your neighbors

Being a part of a community plays a significant role in feeling at home. Getting to know your neighbors is the perfect way to do this! Knowing the people who live around you will make you feel safe in your apartment as well.

Moving into your first apartment does not have to be a scary or stressful thing. With these tips, you can move into your apartment with ease and feel comfortable in your new home.

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