After enduring life in the dorms, many recent grads (or even current students) welcome the opportunity to finally find their first Fort Collins apartment rental. A first apartment is an exciting time for any renter. It’s a perfect combination of embracing the independence that comes with moving off campus as well as establish what is, for many, their first home as an adult.
While an apartment rental is exciting, it’s important to remember that going from campus to the real world is always a transition. Here are four helpful tips to make moving from the college dorm to your first apartment as seamless as possible.
Make a Plan
Your college dorm is typically assigned to you. However, you will have your choice of many well-appointed apartments during your search. Take the time to make a plan that outlines everything that is important to you and your lifestyle so you can quickly find the right accommodations to suit your needs. One of the most significant factors to consider when making your plan is where you’ll be working. Once you know where your job is, you’ll want to look for apartments that offer an easy commute. Apartments with access to major roadways and public transportation can help minimize travel time, and may even help you save money on gas as well as wear and tear on your vehicle.
Of course, work isn’t the only thing to plan for when transitioning to an apartment from a dorm. You’ll always want to find a place that aligns with your lifestyle needs as well. Fort Collins is teeming with sights and attractions that young people love, such as boutiques, shops, and eateries. There are also a number of outdoor trails, mountains, and rock formations that appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. Always consider how you’ll spend your personal time when choosing the right neighborhood to best suit your needs.
Establish Your Budget
College dorms are generally paid for as part of your school tuition. However, your first apartment means you’ll be responsible for paying monthly bills – more specifically, lots of monthly bills. The best way to make the transition from a dorm to an apartment as easy as possible is to establish your budget before you begin the search. Start by determining how much you can comfortably afford for your monthly rent. You’ll also want to consider other expenses, such as heat, electricity, cable, and Internet. Some rental properties may require that you purchase renter’s insurance, and most will want the first month’s rent and a security deposit in advance.
Beyond monthly apartment expenses, you’ll also want to factor in various other consistent costs when creating your budget. Credit cards, groceries, phone bills, and even any outstanding student loans may all influence exactly what you can afford every month. Carefully crunch the numbers so you’ll know what you can spend on rent and still live comfortably.
Get the Essentials
Living in a dorm often means having to furnish only one room. However, transitioning to a Fort Collins rental means that you’ll have to decorate an entire apartment. Put together a list that outlines some of the essentials you’ll need to make life as an adult that much easier. Start with the bigger, must-have items, such as furniture for the bedroom, living room, and dining room.
Next, focus on some of the smaller items, such as bedding, towels, dishes, pots, pans, a television, area rugs, and coffee maker. You’ll also want to purchase cleaning supplies, including a broom and vacuum. Remember, you don’t have to buy everything at once. You can take your time, working through each room of the apartment at your own pace. Also, you can get creative about where you find your furnishings. Check out thrift shops, yard sales, and even hit up your family and friends to see if they have items that they would love to give away.
Personalize Your New Home
Once you move into your new place, take the time needed to make it feel like home. It’s important to remember that many rental properties have very specific rules about hanging things or painting walls. However, you can still (and should) personalize your space with family photos, artwork, and other mementos that you’ll enjoy seeing. Displaying even a few items can instantly make you feel more comfortable in the new apartment as well as make the transition feel less stressful.
All Property Services offers Fort Collins apartments to suit virtually any budget, preference, and lifestyle. Contact us today to hear more.