Moving out for the first time is an exciting time for a young adult. Stepping out on your own brings new independence and opportunities. There are also new responsibilities, such as bill paying, managing your appliances and utilities, and cleaning.Before moving into your new home, take inventory of the possessions you’ll bring. To help you transition into your role as a renter, we’ve prepared this First Time Moving Out Checklist.
Gathering Essential Items for Your New Home
While you’re under your parents’ roof, you might not notice how many items are involved in daily home life. Each room has its own set of essential items. Let’s review the must-haves for each part of the home and each aspect of running your household.
Bedroom Furniture and Accessories
An uncluttered bedroom is nice to come home to. Start off with these essentials:
Sheets, pillows, and blankets
Other purchases for the bedroom might include a mirror, end tables, and under-the-bed storage units.
Your rental unit will either offer an in-unit washer and dryer, a common laundry room, or require residents to visit a laundromat. Bring these laundry essentials:
Liquid laundry detergent or detergent pods
Easily portable laundry baskets or sacks
Drying rack for hang-dry clothes
Cash or coins for laundry machines
Renter pro tip: use a drying rack. Dryers are expensive energy hogs and occasionally shrink your clothes. A drying rack is a great way to save some money while helping the environment.
Older apartments don’t always include built-in ceiling lights in every room. Depending on the provided lighting, consider these items:
Standing lamps for primary lighting
Table lamps for additional lighting
Apartments provide basic kitchen appliances and cabinets. For everything else, you’re on your own. Kitchen items you’ll need include:
Dishwasher detergent, dishwashing sponges, and dish soap
Living Room Furniture and Accessories
The living room is a place where you will be spending a large portion of your time in your new home. Keeping this in mind, there are some essential items that can help make it feel as comfortable as possible. Here are the basic items for creating a pleasant living room:
Basic Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning supplies should be among the first items you move into your new apartment. Clean your surfaces and possessions as you arrange your furniture to make sure that your home gets a dust-free start. Your cleaning supplies should include:
Dustpan and Broom
Garbage can and garbage bags
Cleaning sprays and paper towels
Bathrooms can quickly become messy. Ceramic surfaces like toilet bowls and sinks often need regular cleaning to ensure that they look their best, and it never hurts to clean the tub or shower stall either! Day-one items for the bathroom include:
Basic hygiene accessories (toothpaste, toothbrush, hand soap, shower products, etc.)
Non-slip bath mats
Basic Maintenance Items and Tools
Even if you’re not handy, it’s good to have a few simple tools at home. This is true from day one, as you set up your appliances and electronics. Consider these basic tools and maintenance supplies:
Spare nails and screws
External phone battery
Power strips and extension cords
Snow shovel and ice melt
To prevent and manage emergencies, your apartment should have these basic safety items:
First aid kit
Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarm, and fire extinguisher (if not provided by the apartment)
If you’re concerned about security, shop for security items like door alarms, security cameras, and pepper spray. Having them in the home can provide a greater peace of mind that you are better protected.
Pet Care Essentials
Moving in with a pet? Remember to bring whatever items are essential for their care, such as:
Pet food, treats, and medications
Cage or carrying case
Food and water bowls
Collars, leashes, toys, beds, and blankets
Litter box for cats
Make Your First Move to a Great Apartment
If you’re still on the hunt for your first apartment or your next apartment, Rosetti Properties can help you find it. We manage and offer listings for residential and commercial properties in the New York Capital District. For a first-time renter, peace of mind is a priority. To put you at ease, our residential properties are managed by professional property managers and have on-site maintenance crews available 24/7. To find an amazing home, peruse our residential apartment listings. Contact us any time to learn more about our listings or to schedule a tour.