I get it, moving into your first flat can be DAUNTING. Don’t panic—I got you! I’ve compiled a first apartment checklist that has everything you need to do and buy for your first flat. In fact, I’m moving soon myself, and STILL use this same checklist.
This article contains the ultimate first apartment checklist, with information on how to find a flat, make moving arrangements, set up utilities and accounts, change addresses, cleaning essentials for your apartment, and what to buy for your first flat.
PDF Version of my First Apartment Checklist (including cleaning essentials for your apartment)
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Okay, so let’s get into my first apartment checklist!
1. Find and secure a flat
What do you need to do first? Well, actually get a flat! Check out my full guide to finding a flat to rent in London for more details, but I’ll recap the basics here.
There are a few steps you need to take:
- Choose a neighbourhood. Check out my article on the best neighbourhoods to live in London for more advice.
- Contact an estate agent in that area or search on SpareRoom, OpenRent, etc. You can also look on Zoopla and Rightmove and contact estate agents for particular properties through there (who will no doubt vie to be your primary agent for your search).
- Ask LOTS of questions when you go view a property.
- Make an offer and negotiate the terms of your contract.
- Pay your deposit and sign the contract.
2. Make moving and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve secured your flat, you’ll need to actually get organised for the move. This includes:
- Organising picking up keys from the estate agent or landlord;
- Finding and booking a removals company;
- Buying boxes and packing tape;
- Shipping any items if required; and
- Booking transportation for yourself to your new flat or checking public transport.
3. Clean your new flat.
Now, your flat will have been professionally cleaned, but I always like to clean it myself when I move in as well while it’s still empty.
I’ve got a flat cleaning checklist that is PERFECT for this.
I’d also recommend getting some heavy-duty cleaning products for the job. Here’s my list of cleaning essentials for your apartment: