Thursday, May 26, 2011 -
By Stephen Davis
Special to Relocation.com
Moving to your own apartment is one of the milestones every young adult looks forward to. Once you are out of high school and earning your own money, the next task is to find an apartment for yourself. Follow our tips to learning everything you need to know about your first apartment.
Utilities cost money so be sure what you will get for the amount you pay. Read the conditions of the lease agreement in detail to know which utilities are included in the monthly rent and if there are any limits to their usage. The most common utilities offered are electricity, water and heat. The bill may vary according to your location so do some research. Some apartments will provide internet and cable within the rent but some may not, in which case you’ll need to contact a provider yourself. Ask about any package deals that may save you money. It is better that you skip landline altogether. Use that money to opt for a much useful cellular package.
The next responsible step is to create a budget for yourself. Using your monthly income as a reference, plan how much you will spend on food, transportation, recreation and supplies. You can also check out free software programs to help you get started with a stable budget plan. Once you have the plan ready, post it in a few places that where you see it often. On the fridge, inside the wash room door or near the mirror. Many people spend too much on the fun side and then end up back at home with their parents.
The best part about renting is that you don’t have to worry about major repairs. The landlord will pay and maintain all the major facilities. On your part, you can save further money by cutting down utility costs.
Be Efficient with Lighting:
Turn them off when you leave and use only the ones you really need. Also turn down the heating when you are not home. During the colder months, winterize your windows using plastic shields or heavy curtains. This will greatly reduce your heating cost. The plastic acts as an insulator that discourages heat exchange with the outside.
Be Careful with the Water:
Don’t keep taps running and avoid frequent baths. Showers are more water efficient than a full bath. Be careful while washing the dishes too. Instead of letting the water run, fill up half the sink and use it to scrub the food off dishes. Invest in a tap sprinkler attachment. It will cost you a few bucks and save a lot of water.
Live in Style:
Cost efficiency means that you can spend more on what matters to you. Use the savings for that stereo you wanted or that new computer or even a pet. Spend some money on framing pictures and some refreshing wall paper. Get a coffee machine or a widescreen television.
Make Yourself at Home:
Being responsible is the key. If you take a little effort in making a good start, you’ll have peace and finance to enjoy the rest of your time the way you dreamt.