Considering that it makes more financial sense to rent than to buy, it’s no surprise that more and more people are taking to apartment living.
But, getting used to having your neighbors a wall away and not having full control over your space can take some time.
Whether you’ve decided to downsize or are moving out for the first time, and aren’t sure what to expect after moving into an apartment, we can help.
Here are five must-know tips to help you adjust to apartment living for first-time renters.
1. Plan For Your Space
Generally speaking, apartments are smaller. Because of this, you may not have as much room as your used to and all your furniture may not fit into your new place.
One of the best ways to make sure you’ll be able to fill your apartment without it feeling crowded is by taking the time to plan out everything.
Before you move in, try to schedule a walk through and look at floor plans to get a good idea of how you’re going to lay everything out once you get there.
Taking the time to make a plan will not only make moving that much smoother, but it will also make it easier to decide what pieces to take with you.
As a general rule, moving is more convenient the less stuff you have to carry around. So no matter how big your new place is, try to pare down as much as you can beforehand.
2. Temporarily Upgrade
Because you don’t own an apartment, you shouldn’t count on being able to make significant renovations once you get there.
That said, there are a few things you can do to make your new temporary space feel more like your space.
Temporary upgrades such as a new showerhead, lighting fixtures, and removable shelving can alter the feel of a space.
3. Decorate Up
Saving space is the name of the game when it comes to apartment living. So, when you get ready to decorate your new area, think “up” not “out.”
You may not have space for a lot of extra accent tables, but you do have room for shelves. Don’t waste table space on pictures, hang them instead.
To give yourself enough floor space, try to keep large pieces of furniture to the sides of the room, and use your walls for everything else.
4. Meet Your Neighbors
One of the hardest things about moving into an apartment for the first time is getting used to being so close to your neighbors.
Depending on who you wind up living next to, you may need to brace yourself for one or two noise related unpleasantries.
The best and most surefire way to avoid, or at least cut down on, any potential disagreements is by introducing yourself to your neighbors.
Invite them over for a coffee or leave a friendly note on their door. Whatever way you do it, meeting and making friends with your new neighbors will make existing so close to them a much more enjoyable experience.
5. Get Green
One surefire way to make an apartment feel more like your apartment is by filling it up with plenty of plants.
Research has found that plants have a calming effect on people. So, if you’re trying to adjust to living in a slightly more confined area, loading up on leafy green plants will make that process a lot smoother.
Adjusting to Apartment Living
While apartments are more popular, moving into one can involve having to adapt to a pretty significant change. Something that is especially true if you’ve never lived in one before.
Are you thinking about making the switch to apartment living? We can help!
Contact us today for information about our properties or to schedule a walkthrough.