You’ve just rented a new apartment, and you’re excited to move in. But before you do, you must make sure that your apartment is ready to become your new home. Read on for some tips on how to prepare you new apartment for you and your family.
Get It Clean
Your first step in preparing your new apartment is to get in clean. Your landlord probably had the place cleaned, but there is no guarantee that it will meet your standards. Do an inspection first to see where you need to focus your efforts. It never hurts to scrub down all surfaces, but you may want to do some extra disinfecting in the kitchen and bathrooms. Ask your landlord if the carpets have been steam cleaned, and if not, rent a machine, and do the job. If all this sounds overwhelming, and you just don’t have time, then hire an apartment deep cleaning service.
Insist Upon Repairs
As you inspect your new apartment for cleanliness, you should also look for unfinished repairs. These might be small, like a broken window blind or dripping faucet, but you’ll still want to have them taken care of before you move in. Look for large issues as well, and make sure all appliances are in good working order. If your landlord refuses to make repairs, then write down a list of everything wrong in the apartment, make a copy of it, and give it to your landlord to attach to your lease. This way, no one can accuse you of breaking what is already broken.
Set Up for Unpacking
Before the movers arrive with all your stuff, walk through each room. Take some measurements, and make sketches of where you want all your furniture and other items. Set up organizers in your closets, and line drawers and shelves with contact paper. This will make unpacking a much easier process.
When your furniture and boxes arrive, unpack systematically. Have your movers stack boxes in the proper room (be sure you’ve labeled them accordingly). Set up the necessities first, like your beds, toiletries, and basic kitchen items. Then move from room to room, unpacking and setting up as you go. You’ll find this much more relaxing than dashing around the apartment, getting things mixed up, and increasing your stress. As you work, break down empty boxes, and store them out of the way. Clean up any messes as you go, too.
Make It Your Own
After most of the unpacking is done, you can enjoy making your new apartment your own. Hang up artwork and photographs. Put out your favorite collections and knickknacks. Bring in cozy rugs, throws and window coverings. Ask your landlord if you can add or change out the hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Inquire about switching out light fixtures, too, if you have something in mind, or installing a ceiling fan. You might even request permission to hang up peel-and-stick wallpaper (although you should do this before you unpack).
Your apartment can really become your home if you take the time and make the effort to prepare it well.