Renting your first apartment comes with several other firsts in tow, like finding roommates, managing your bills, and figuring out just how much furniture you need to fill your space. With this guide, you’ll learn what furniture is a must when moving into your new apartment and what pieces you can pause on purchasing. Read the rest of this entry »
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Whether you are moving apartments and want to simplify the decorating process, or you’re a student in need of temporary furnishings, or you just want a new look for your place, furniture rental can be a smart way to decorate. And with plenty of options for every scenario, there’s a rental solution for everyone.
Moving apartments is hard enough without the added stress of furnishing your new space. And that becomes even more complicated when you’re moving internationally! After all, you’ve got the prospect of choosing an apartment, coordinating with management for lease types and terms, and getting renters insurance. Add the fact that you’re hundreds (or even thousands) of miles away from your destination, and you’ve got the potential for a massive moving headache.
So what’s a renter headed abroad to do? When it comes to furnishing your space, furniture rental can simplify matters. Whether you’re temporarily relocating for work, changing stations as a military service member, or simply moving to a new country with your family, it’s a way to make the transition a little easier.
So how do you approach the option of international furniture rental? Here are the two things you should know before starting your search.
With tuition, books, food and monthly rent and utilities, students have a lot of expenses. And a full course load — or even just one or two classes — means there’s little time to spend working at a job. To make things easier, furniture rental company CORT just announced that they’ll be offering a student discount. For students moving into their first apartment, renting furniture can be a smart choice.
Buying used furniture is time-consuming and requires a lot of heavy moving and searching, and buying new furniture is a huge expense that many students just can’t afford. With rental furniture, the moving is done for you. Payments are made monthly, and the furniture is in showroom condition. For just a few dollars a day, your student apartment will be comfortable and beautifully furnished.
Student Discount Furniture Packages
CORT’s Student Discount Furniture Packages start at $99. Have a roommate? Add a second bedroom for $55. There are custom plans available, and you can even rent a flat-screen television and DVD player.
Here’s what’s included in each package:
- Living room: coffee table, end table, lamp, sofa with chair or loveseat
- Dining room: table and four chairs
- Bedroom: twin or queen bed with mattress, box spring, frame, headboard, dresser/mirror or chest, nightstand and lamp
- For an additional $45 per month, you can add a desk, bookshelf and chair.
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An Apartment Search Guide to Renting Your First Place
Renting your first apartment can be pretty exciting. You’re looking forward to having your own place, new neighbors and a new view, but then there’s the whole moving thing you have to deal with first. It can be a pain — boxes and boxes (and more boxes), heavy furniture, endless packing and then unpacking. Here are some pointers on renting your first apartment that might make things a little easier.
- Find an apartment. Okay, okay — so this one’s obvious. But we had to put it in here, as it’s essential to you actually renting your first apartment, and because you want to do it right. Rent an apartment that you’ll be happy living in. Consider location, size, price and amenities. Figure out what’s important to you and rent an apartment you can call home. Other things to consider are whether the apartment complex will allow you to have pets, whether it’s a smoke-free apartment and the length of the lease.
- Set up necessary utilities for your first apartment. You’ll want to ask your apartment manager or other relevant person about which utilities you need to set up before moving in. It’s different for every place, but you may need to, for example, call the electric company and the gas company to set up service so that the lights and hot water will be working on the day you move in. You can also ask about cable, phone and internet services. It’s ideal to find out about these things at least a couple of weeks in advance to be absolutely sure you’ll have them when you move in. This is one of the primary problems for people who are renting their first apartment; they’re usually unfamiliar with these delays.
- Get furniture for your new apartment. If you’re renting your first apartment, you’re going to need some stuff to furnish it so you at least have a place to sleep and sit. There are many ways to go about this, like getting hand-me-down furniture from family and friends, going to thrift stores, renting furniture or buying new furniture. Measure the pieces to make sure they’ll fit where you want them to.
- On the day you’re moving into your first apartment, you’ll need a way to get everything there. Decide how you’ll go about doing this by planning in advance. You may need to rent a truck, hire a moving company or ask a friend or two for help. Having your belongings packed safely into boxes can make loading and unpacking easy, especially if you clearly mark your moving boxes. Also, confirm with your landlord what’s required to get the keys to your first apartment on move-in day. You wouldn’t want to show up with a truckload of your belongings only to be turned away.
- Once you’re moved in, it’ll take some time and effort to make your new home feel like home. Decorating your first apartment can be really fun and it can show off your personality.
These are just a few of the many things you’ll need to take care of when you’re renting your first apartment. Don’t miss our Moving Checklist, which is a great way to organize the tasks related to your move so you don’t forget anything. Happy renting!