I am looking at apartments to finally move out of my parents house and was wanting advice from all of you ladies.
What is something you wish you would have known before you moved out? I'd love any and all comments ♡
Have a stable job, make sure the rent is no more than 30% of your income, have a roommate if you need to, save up more than you think you'll need especially for those first months bills (electric, water and sewer, cable and internet) just to make sure you have those covered, stock up on pantry staples
I wished I had never moved out. Everything was free and my cloths was washed and folded and put up. Lol no seriously the hard part was the spooky feeling of being alone. So I got a picture of them and put it in the living room so I didnt feel so alone.
Washer and dryer IN unit is a must.
Top floor is best!
@stllrcht we haven’t had cable for 8.5 years I agree!! Great way to save money AND not be a slave to the media haha.
Also don’t expect to get the deposit back, then if you do it’s a Bonus and if not you weren’t expecting it anyway.
Good luck girl 🥳❤️
There are things we are just so use to having because we are at HOME with our folks and then we look for them and theyre not there!
So deft groceries.
And Two months worth of rent/bills.
SAVE SAVE SAVE!
You can do it! I believe in you <3
Food is expensive lol! There's also a learning curve of figuring out how much food to buy from the store and learning how to cook portion sizes just for yourself.
Also, stock up on cleaning supplies, like fill those cabinets! I've lived in my own house for 2ish years and have a TON of hardwood floors and I finally just bought extra reusable pads for my mop and was super excited cause now I can wash all my floors at once. Also, you need different cleaners for different floors. I have a mixture of original hardwood and cheap new floors and the previous owner washed the hardwood floors with a cleaner not meant for hardwood floors, so there's spots of damage throughout 😬
If you have a washer and dish washer in your unit, you may want to buy a cleaner for them (or do a diy cleaning) once a month, otherwise they start to smell/things build up. And never use dish soap in your dishwasher lol
I heard this on Instagram, so take it with a grain of salt, but if your complex has utilities that are closed because of COVID, you may be a able to negotiate a lower monthly price, since you can’t use them.
Save as much as you can right now before moving and make sure you have a stable job. I moved out right after college and I at the time only had a small paying full time job. I struggled a bit for the first year but now got in the swing of things
I worked for a luxury apartment complex years ago. You can always bargain things like the application fee, or amenity fee, but township fees and rent are usually set in stone. Storage units and garage spaces can also be bargained for if there's a lot available.
See if you can tour the unit a few times during different times of day, so you get an idea of how much light the unit gets. There should also be a way to search for the average utility bill for other units in the building, to get a ballpark on expected utility costs.
My other advice may be controversial, because large buildings could be great for some people. However, I’d recommend against renting at a very large apartment complex. My building has 12 floors with 40+ units per floor and there have been soooo many structural/maintenance issues because the building is just too big and was built too quickly. Also, with that many people working from home, our internet sucks 🙃 but that’s just my two cents
@dellamae i read that too online. Maybe it depends on which state your in or something? The rental office. Gym and laundry room have been closed here for a month since covid began. Also they haven't been coming in apartments to fix anything that's broken.
It's a pain to move now my advice would be to try and wait q couple more months and just save during this time. Because you may move in a place things start breaking or you can't use the amenities. It would be a bummer for you @angcolewenna
Always pay your bills first! 🙃🙈 I used to be terrible with my spending and live beyond my means and then got behind on my rent. That was many years ago when I first moved out. I’m MUCH better with my finances now ) Find the best way to successfully track your bills and finances. I have all my bills and when they are due noted in a planner on a monthly layout, then I highlight each bill as I pay it so I know it’s taken care of. It has helped me A TON in my financial improvement journey! And now my husband and I have purchased our first home and currently in the process of closing ❤️ We are going to review our current bills and reduce wherever we can so we can save as much as possible to build upon our existing emergency fund and for future home improvements.
Sell everything you don't need - packing to move is a chore and a half. You came to the right place to help with that! 😊
If your apartment doesn't have a washer / dryer, a portable mini-washer / dryer might be helpful. Personally have the Laundry Alternative Wonderwash non-electric washer and love it.
If parking is a distance from your apartment, invest in a portable folding shopping cart.