So, you’re planning to move into a new apartment. This is always an exciting decision, but you can make the process go much smoother when you follow the right steps. Here’s a checklist of what you should do when choosing an apartment and making your move.

Check Out the Area

When you’re considering applying for an apartment, you should first research the area. New York City neighborhoods can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you look for, each with their own pros and cons. You obviously want to make sure that you’re moving somewhere safe, and although you can gauge this when you visit, it’s also smart to look up information about the neighborhood online, including crime statistics.

After that, see what amenities are near the apartment. If you’re a young adult, you’ll probably want to see what type of restaurants, bars and other nightlife options are in the area. If you have a family, you may want to look for kid-friendly activities and places to go, such as parks.

Prepare to Furnish the Apartment

The easiest way to make sure you have what you need to furnish your new apartment is to go through it room by room.

For your bedroom, you’ll need a bed at minimum. You’ll probably also want a dresser and a nightstand.

For your living room, you should have seating, such as a sofa, and a coffee table. Most people have a TV in their living room, but this certainly isn’t necessary. One way you can save space is by opting for a projector instead of a TV.

Bathrooms and kitchens usually don’t require much furniture. For your kitchen, you will need supplies for cooking and eating. These include plates, bowls, utensils, glasses, pots and pans.

After you have those essentials out of the way, the rest depends on how large your apartment is and how you wish to furnish it. If you have a large enough living room or a guest room, you may want a desk and a chair to set up your own home office. If you have a studio apartment, you’ll probably need to find furniture that helps you save space, such as items with built-in storage and a sofa bed.

Making the Move

When you’ve signed your lease and figured out how you’re going to furnish your apartment, the final step is moving in. The best way to do this is hiring a professional moving company to get your belongings into the apartment for you. Here’s why:

With a moving company, you’ll save yourself quite a bit of time and labor. You don’t need to worry about renting a truck, loading heavy furniture or carrying items up flights of stairs. When you move your items on your own or with friends helping you, there’s also a greater risk of something getting damaged.

Reserve a professional moving company so they’re ready on the day of your move. Instead of spending the day sweating and stressing over how you’re going to move certain items, you can relax and let professionals handle the job.

Ready to move into your new apartment? Get started by requesting a free moving quote today!