September comes and it means one thing: many young adults leave the nest, whether to go to college or a new job.
Leaving the house of his childhood to fend for himself can be quite discouraging without worrying about finding his first apartment. Here are some tips to help you through this important life transition.
Prepare the right documents
Before signing a lease on your new home, you will need to provide certain documents. Some of these things are simple, like identity. Just use your driver’s license, your health card or your passport. You may also need to provide proof of income or an employment contract to prove that you will be able to pay the rent. If you are unemployed or working part-time, you may be required to provide proof of your parents’ income to ensure that the rent will be covered at all costs.
Request around you
When looking for an apartment, ask around. Some buildings and apartment management companies have a very good reputation, and others have a very bad reputation. Also be sure to check the bedbug registry before committing to an apartment – this is the last thing you will want to do!
Organize a guided tour
Never sign a lease for an invisible view apartment. There may be problem areas that can cause problems later on the road, such as leaky faucets or poorly insulated windows that cause drafts. Talk to all potential apartment owners and managers and set a moment to view the apartment.
It can be a good idea to bring your parents with you. They have years of housekeeping experience and will be able to check for problems you do not think of.
Measure, measure, measure
Bring measuring tape with you when visiting your apartment. You will need to know exactly the space available in each room so you can plan accordingly. There is no point packing and moving big furniture like your parent’s wardrobe or dining room if you do not have room for them. Bringing only that which will make the day of the move much easier.
Moving into your first apartment can be both scary and exciting, but you do not have to feel stressed or shattered. If you make a plan and stick to it, you will have no trouble surviving your first real adult move.