Moving into an apartment for the first time? Find out what you should do in preparation with the below first-time-apartment renter’s checklist.

Like with all moves, preparing to take up residence in your first rental unit can seem overwhelming. Especially if you’ve never moved into an apartment before.

If this is your first time moving into a rental building, you may be wondering what the process is before you take possession. In this article, we’ll go through the seven steps you should take when moving into your first apartment, checklist-style!


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First Apartment Checklist: 7 Steps to Moving In

1. Find your apartment

The first thing you have to do before you move in? Find the right apartment, of course!

When looking for an apartment that suits your needs, it’s important to do your research. Determine which area or neighbourhood you want to live in and narrow your search down to meet that criteria.

If you think you’ve found a unit that you want to rent, make sure that the building has a good reputation. Look into online reviews from other tenants who have lived there and check to see that the building is run by a responsible property management company. This will be important if there are any issues with your unit down the line that require support from your landlord or property manager.

Before you apply for any rental unit, it’s also essential that you go see it in person. Pictures can be misleading, and you want to ensure that you know exactly what the space looks like before putting any money down.

2. Submit your application

Once you’ve visited the apartment and know that it’s the unit for you, it’s time to submit your rental application.

Often, these forms will require you to provide personal information like your credit history, your credit score, your monthly income, and references. So, it can be a good idea to have these details ready to go.

3. Organize movers if necessary

After you’ve received word that the apartment is yours (congrats!), it’s time to start thinking about the logistics of the actual move.

Depending on how many things you’re bringing with you to your new unit, you may want to consider hiring professional movers. However, if you’ll just be moving your wardrobe and a handful of boxes, it may make more sense to transport everything yourself.

Don’t forget that you can always reach out to friends and family for assistance!

4. Set up your rental payments

In order to secure your unit, you’ll likely have to arrange your rental payments with your new landlord or property management company. Typical monetary items that are required to hold your apartment include a security deposit, as well as first and last month’s rent.

You’ll want to check with your landlord or property manager on their preferred method of payment. Some owners and building managers prefer receiving post-dated cheques, while others opt for arranging pre-authorized debit (PAD) payments directly through your bank account.

Related: What Documents Do You Need to Rent an Apartment?

5. Get renter’s insurance

Once you’ve taken care of your payment details, it’s time to look into how you can mitigate your risk as a renter.

Tenant’s insurance is an essential step in protecting your finances and personal property from the unexpected. For example, with APOLLO’s Renter’s Insurance, you are covered in the event of:

  • Break ins
  • Floods
  • Burst pipes
  • Fires
  • Theft
  • Tenant cancellations
  • Visitor injuries

6. Purchase essential items

In the days leading up to moving into your apartment, make a list of items that you must have right away. If you don’t get around to buying everything before you move in, that’s okay! But having your list will be helpful in getting organized.

To put together your list, think of the essential items that you’ll need as soon as you move in. Below are some examples to help get you started!

Kitchen Items

  • Coffee pot and filters
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes (or paper plates)
  • Glassware
  • Utensils
  • Dish cloths and towels
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • Oven mitts
  • Ice trays
  • Blender

Bathroom Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Shower curtain
  • Toiletries
  • Facial tissues
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First aid kit

7. Furnish your place

In the first week after you’ve moved in, you’ll want to start looking into acquiring bigger ticket items for your unit, such as your furniture. Take your time though, since how you furnish your place is what will make your apartment feel like home.

When it comes to furniture, you can either save money and source your items second-hand. Or you can opt for high-quality, more expensive pieces. Regardless of what you choose, below are some important items to consider as you budget out what to buy.

Bedroom Furnishings

  • Bed frame and mattress
  • Duvet and sheets
  • Side tables
  • Dresser
  • Lighting

Living Room Furnishings

  • Seating
  • Decorative pillows
  • Coffee table
  • Television
  • Lighting

Dining Area Furnishing

  • Table and chairs
  • Decor

Get in touch with our team today to find out how APOLLO can help make the insurance part of your move effortless.

Related: The Ultimate Apartment Moving Checklist


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