4 Essentials for a First-Time Renter

Moving into your new apartment as a first-time renter can be a pretty exciting milestone, especially if you are a new graduate or moving out of your family home. Renting your own accommodation comes with a range of great benefits: freedom, flexibility, quality, location, and affordability, to name but a few.

To ensure that you are making the most of your first apartment, there are a few aspects that you need to consider. Would you like to find out what the top four renting essentials are for a first-time renter like yourself? Then, keep reading!

1. Know Your Rights

Let’s begin with some pretty important stuff: your rights as a tenant. Why? Because you never really know what type of landlord you will be dealing with, and you want to make sure that you know exactly how to protect yourself if something dodgy happens.

So, look up the local laws of your state by searching for the Tenant Landlord Handbook. This will give you a lot of great information on a number of aspects such as security deposits, vacancy notices, and more.

2. Stock up on Cleaning Supplies

Right, now you’ve finally moved into your apartment, what next? A good idea is to give the place an overall clean. It doesn’t have to be super-thorough (the rental office will have already arranged for professional cleaning) but a good wipe to areas such as bathrooms and kitchen counters won’t hurt.

Go get some cleaning supplies, washcloths, sponges, and antibacterial sprays and wipes, and set aside a couple of hours to get your place as clean and neat as you’d like it to be. Don’t forget to play some uplifting music, too, to give you a much-needed energy and motivation boost!

3. Work Out What Items of Furniture You Need

Ready to make your apartment feel more like home? Add furniture to make your little nest even more homely and yours. Make a plan on what pieces of furniture you need and take measurements so you know what will fit in your space (and through the front door!).

Next, define your style. Fort Wayne furniture store, Rainbow Furniture, suggests taking an online quiz to learn what your interior design style is before furniture shopping. 

Then, once you have the results, do a little online searching for design ideas for your style and head out to the furniture stores to start browsing for pieces that will fit your style and apartment. 

Furniture you need for your apartment:

  • sofa or pullout bed
  • accent chair or recliner for guest seating
  • sofa tables and if there’s space, a coffee table 
  • storage pieces such as storage ottomans or cases
  • bedroom furniture 
  • a small dining room table and chairs

4. And Now… Food

After all that reading, cleaning, and shopping, you are probably starving! This is why your new apartment must not lack having some great food and snacks always at hand. Shop around your neighborhood to support local businesses and food retailers, and discover any hidden gems that will definitely come in handy in the future.

And now, finally, you can lounge on the sofa of your beautiful new apartment with a nice drink and a hearty meal. Cheers to that! 

First-Time Renter? Enjoy Your New Apartment With Our Expert Tips

If you are a first-time renter, there is plenty that you can do to make the most of your new rented accommodation. Simply follow our advice, and you’ll feel at home in no time!

Do you happen to be relocating to Fort Wayne? If so, check out our fantastic selection of apartments for rent in the area. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you find the most suitable accommodation for you!

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