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First Apartment Checklist

Preparing a checklist whilst moving into a new apartment is important, as it will save you a lot of extra work and stress. Read on...
Indrajit Deshmukh Apr 23, 2019
Try to make a comprehensive checklist, by taking into consideration the essentials, furniture, moving costs, apartment location, etc. Moving from one place to another isn't that easy, if you don't plan for it.
There are two ways to prepare your list, you could either start by making a list of items you will require inside the apartment, or start by making a list of things that complement your apartment. Whichever option you choose, it is important that you consider all the factors under the sky while making the checklist.
Talk to your friends and discuss their experience of moving into their first apartment. Pick up pointers from them about what is required and what difficulties could arise.

Useful Tips

  • First of all, decide whether you are going to hire a moving company or transport things on your own. If you choose a moving service, make sure you find the best deal; the Internet is a good place to find deals. If you are planning to hire a moving truck, look for one with good mileage, and a company which has a drop-off point near your new apartment.
  • Divide your belongings into four categories - fragile, big, small, and perishable. Once you have done this, make sure you give special attention to packing each item.
The risk of damaging goods when transporting them is high. Also pay extra attention to packing electronic items like TV, microwave, fridge, etc.
  • Mark all the boxes with your contact details, like address, telephone number, E-mail contact, etc. Once you are done packing, number code the boxes and maintain a list of items in each box, corresponding to the number that you have assigned.

Remember the Furniture

  • Divide the furniture checklist according to the rooms in your apartment. This will help you to pay attention to each room. For example, you could divide the furniture into the bedroom, kitchen, living room, and the bathrooms.
  • For the living room, you could get things like sofa, chairs, coffee table, etc. For the bedroom you can pick a twin/single bed, mattress, night table, chair, etc.
In the kitchen you get dining table and chairs. In the bathrooms you get things like a cosmetics cupboard, shower curtains, mirror, etc.

The Apartment Essentials

  • To prepare a moving checklist of first apartment essentials, you can divide it into kitchen essentials, bath essentials, appliances, etc.
Any number of combinations and permutations can be used, as long as you make a list of things you require. You could also include entertainment items like TV and Radio in your essentials list, along with cutlery.
  • In appliances, you could have toasters, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, etc.
In the kitchen essentials, you will require utensils, like pots and pans, spoons and forks, cutting boards, serving trays, dishes, etc. For the bathroom, you will need bath towels, shower curtains, toilet brush, cleaning agents, etc.

First Apartment Checklist Sample

  • Bed
  • Sofa
  • Chairs
  • Coffee Table
  • Dining Table
  • Lamps
  • Carpet
  • Floor Mats
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Pillow
  • Bed Sheets
  • Pillow Covers
  • Alarm Clock
  • Night Lamp
  • Bath Towels
  • Hand Towels
  • Shower Curtains
  • Knives
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Coffee Maker
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Apron
  • Mittens
  • Pots and Pans
  • Refrigerator
  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Laundry Basket
  • Dustbin
  • Candles
  • Picture Frames
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Storage Boxes
Preparing such a list is a personal process, and some things that are important for one, might not be as important to the other.