Tips for Those Living on Their Own for the First Time

Finally! It’s time to get your own place. It’s probably one of the most exciting times of your life, isn’t it? You get to live on your own without anyone else telling you what to do. But, along with that freedom comes some responsibilities. Here are some tips to get you started off on the right foot in your new place.

Insurance

It’s very inexpensive, and it’s a must. Getting renters insurance for apartment and condo dwellers will protect all of your possessions in case of an accident or catastrophe. Some policies will also protect you from any liabilities if someone gets hurt in your apartment as well. And, most landlords will require that you have renters insurance coverage as a condition of the lease.

Cleaning

First and foremost, scrub your new apartment from top to bottom before you move in. You have no idea how clean the former tenants were. Then, keep it clean. There were some reasons why your parents hounded you about cleaning.

  • It’s not just about things looking nice, although that is a definite plus.
  • Keeping your apartment clean will also help control pest problems. Dirty dishes, soiled laundry, and full garbage bags can quickly attract ants or other bugs that you don’t want to deal with.
  • Your apartment is an extension of yourself. You want to make a good impression, right?
  • If there’s an emergency, and your landlord has to enter your apartment, well, you get the idea.

Be a Good Neighbor

You’ve probably signed a lease for at least a few months, probably longer, just like your neighbors. With apartments, your neighbors are so close, it’s almost like they are extended roommates. You’ll see them almost every day. Establishing a good relationship makes a lot of things so much easier.

  • Even if it’s just a simple wave or smile, friendly neighbors are always better than hostile ones.
  • Apartment walls can be very thin. You don’t want to be that noisy neighbor.
  • Think about giving new neighbors a welcome bag of goodies to start the relationship off on the right foot.
  • Let your neighbors know if you’re having a party. You could even invite them, maybe get to know them a little better and make some new friends.

Maintain a Good Relationship With Your Landlord

Aside from paying the rent on time, it’s a good idea to have a working relationship with your landlord. Always let them know if something is wrong, even the little things. In many cases, your apartment is their investment and they’ll want to keep it in good repair. And, there’s nothing wrong with fixing some small things yourself and letting them know. They might even knock a little off of the rent.

Pay Bills on Time

Not only will you be able to relax and enjoy your new apartment if the bills are paid, but you are also establishing your credit history. Furthermore, paying bills late just adds late fees that take more money out of your pocket.

Learn to Cook

If you’re not a cook, at least learn a few basics. Eating out or having food delivered all of the time is expensive, and it’s not healthy for you.

You’ll get the hang of living on your own pretty quickly. It’s a great feeling having your own place for the first time. Hopefully, these tips will make things even better.

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