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List of Things to Buy When Moving Into an Apartment

April 26th, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Remember the essentials with this first apartment checklist

When moving into your first apartment, there are so many things to figure out — putting down a deposit, setting up utilities, and finding a moving service. One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is gathering all of the items for the apartment. If you’ve never lived on your own before, it can be hard to imagine the things needed for each room. We’ve created an apartment moving checklist that walks you through all the essentials. See what’s needed in the bedroom, laundry room, kitchen, living room, bathroom, office and more.

first apartment checklist

Things to do before moving into an apartment

Set a budget

Set yourself up for success by making a budget for how much you’ll spend. If possible, start putting money back with every paycheck or buying items a few pieces at a time so you aren’t hit with a big expense all at once. Learn more about moving out for the first time

Want to get the most out of the money? Watch for sales and check resale or consignment shops. If you decide to look at online classifieds, make sure to read and avoid these 5 Craigslist scams.

Prioritize the shopping list

If you don’t have enough money to buy everything you want, focus on getting the most important items. Bedding and dishes will be at the top of the list, but something like a dining room table can wait (you can eat at a desk or even on the couch while you save). Focus on day-to-day items that are most important to your routine.

If this isn’t your first apartment, take inventory of the items you do have and figure out what’s missing. If you’re leaving a roommate behind, you may not be able to bring shared items, so make sure those get added to the list. On the flip side, if you’re getting a new roommate, discuss what they’re bringing, so there aren’t unnecessary duplicates.  

It’s also important to consider how you’re moving as you determine when to buy different items.

  • If you’re moving long distance: Consider buying bigger items after arriving, as you’ll be paying to ship them. (Unless the market price is much better in the current hometown, then it might be worth moving bigger items.) Also, check the Do Not Ship list, as things like flammables, compressed gases and perishable foods can’t be moved, so those should wait as well. Soft items, like towels, or pots and pans will pack easily, so you can purchase them before or after moving.
  • If you’re moving locally: Buy anything that will be delivered (like appliances or new furniture) after you move, so you don’t have to load and unload them twice.

Time to go shopping! Here are 10 of the most essential things you need when moving out:

  1. Bed and bedding
  2. Sofa
  3. Kitchenware
  4. Cleaning supplies
  5. Trash can and bags
  6. Clothes hangers
  7. Blinds or curtains
  8. Ironing board or steamer
  9. Microwave
  10. Tools

For a full list of things to buy, download the new apartment checklist.

Need help moving into your apartment?

If you’re still trying to figure out how to get everything to the new place for a long-distance move, check out U-Pack®. We’re a “you pack, we drive” service that delivers everything door to door. Whether you’re moving a small studio or a big three-bedroom, space is flexible. And rates often compare to truck rental. You can even add loading or unloading help if you need it. Get a free moving quote to compare rates.

Prepare for moving day

Let us know which items you absolutely can’t live without at your new apartment in the comments below.

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