Tips for Moving into a First Apartment in El Paso

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving into an apartmentSo, you have now resolved that it is time to fly from the nest and strike out on your own. This can be a very fun time, but it is also filled with questions that require to be answered. The mixture of jubilation and fear that occurs during this time is normal. That's why we are here to help you with a few first time moving recommendations that provide for a successful launch.

Deciding Whether to Use Professionals

Yes, it might be alluring to “pay” your friends with pizza and soda to help with the move. Conserving cash by not having to find a moving company is a normal want, but you should take an objective point of view in these instances. If you are not planning to hire a professional mover in El Paso then you are going to want to scrutinize your belongings.

You should also make sure that family and friends are even able to lend a hand. In an optimal world, the assistance of both parties would be available. We can always use an extra assistant or two but this is no comparison to the help and experience that a professional moving company brings to the table.

Make a Checklist for Things You Have Taken for Granted & Plan Your Budget

In other words: what are the items that you have always assumed would be paid for by your parents? There are a lot of expenses that are in this classification and don’t make the error of forgetting to consider any of them. Do you know anything about utilities or insurance? Have you ever done any grocery shopping for yourself?

Don't think that you already know everything that you need to know. Talk with your parents and ask about all of the items that they have taken care of for you. You may end up being astonished by the long list of items to do that you get handed to you after this much-needed discussion.

Moving into an apartmentAre you aware of everything you will need to take care of? If utilities are bundled with the rent, excellent, but that is extremely uncommon anymore. If they are not included, then be confident you know if you will be paying direct to the utility company or through the landlord (the latter is common if your new abode is not metered). Make a list of the bills. Basically, you will have to worry about utilities, cell phone, internet (and possibly cable, unless you plan on counting on streaming services). Also, you will need to get renters' insurance. It's cheap, might be required by your landlord, and usually covers you in the event of theft, damage, and even some liability.

Calculate out how much rent you can really afford. It's pretty normal need your parents cosign on your first lease simply because you don't have the credit history. Yet, you should make sure you can actually pay for the rent plus utilities plus food, etc. Work up a budget for the other stuff you need and then see how much you have.

Figure out what you must buy or acquire. You should do this after you have selected your apartment and executed the lease. Such as, if your new home comes with a microwave, you will not need to invest in one. Write down a checklist of everything you need. Next, arrange it so you can clearly identify which items you will want to purchase first and what can hold off for a bit. For example, you will need toilet paper, but might be able to wait on decorative rugs. Keep in mind you can purchase a lot of items second hand if needed.

Do Some Box Hunting

A normal mistake that is made by non-experienced movers is a failure to collect boxes far enough in advance. By planning ahead, a first-time mover has the ability to bypass the hassles of trying to track down moving supplies at the last minute. In the weeks ahead of the move, make sure to swing into local retail stores to find out where you might go for the boxes that you need. Some may give them away and others may charge a nominal fee. Or, good quality moving supplies can always be bought from your local moving company in El Paso.

Finding the Right Neighborhood

Selecting a place that is in the best neck of the woods is all about thinking about the realities of your existence. How far of a drive is it to your job? What do you like to do in your free time? Selecting an apartment that doesn’t place you in a position where you are forced to endure long commutes is usually vital.

Think about the community makeup as well. Are you someone who likes to stay up late or are you looking to start a family? Pick the neighborhood that lines up with your personal style in this regard.

Apartment Hunting in El Paso

Once you begin looking at apartments, it is important to keep in mind that the biggest deal-breaking points of contention are going to be hiding out beneath the surface. For example, examine the windows to be sure that the seals are not broken or compromised in any way.

Are the neighbors too rambunctious? Does the property look secure? What type of time-saving amenities are available on the property? How will you move your belongings inside? These are all questions that need to be answered in full prior to signing any paperwork.

Review the lease carefully. Make sure you understand what you are signing. Asking your parents or an older friend for help is perfectly normal. Leases are often filled with confusing legal terminology and may have rules that seem confusing. You need to know how to interpret your lease, not just sign it blindly.

Moving In

Unless hiring a moving crew to pack for you, pack ahead of time and over a few days. It is less stressful 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.

Do not worry. Moving is an anxious time, and it's easy to work yourself into a "tizzy." Slow down, and have fun with it. Hiring professional movers is generally less stressful than doing the move yourself. If doing any of the heavy lifting yourself, make sure to stay hydrated. Don’t pack a carton that weights too much for you to lift. (This is another great reason to hire movers, who are accustomed to lifting heavy boxes and much less likely to injure themselves.)

Moving into your first apartment on your own (or even with a roommate) in El Paso is a big step. Follow the above tips to make it all go well and avoid getting into financial, or other, trouble.  And, if you need help with moving in or to El Paso, click here to contact us!!