Do’s and Don’ts of Apartment Living

Living in an apartment can be an adjustment for many people, especially if you are downsizing or it’s your first time living on your own. Renting an apartment can be a new learning experience, but don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here are some dos and don’ts of apartment living that you definitely need to be aware of.

Apartment Do’s:

1.   Be Respectful of Your Neighbors

When living in an apartment you will quickly realize that your building is most likely home to many different walks of life, whether that be single people, people with young children, or elderly people. It’s important to be understanding and respectful of those around you. This includes not blasting music day in and day out or leaving trash in common areas. A little common decency goes a long way.

2.   Make your Apartment Feel Like Home

If you’re moving out on your own for the first time then this may be a pretty big adjustment for you. But making your apartment feel like home is fun and will help you adapt to your new environment. Before you move in, it’s good to keep in mind the vibe or style you want your space to have. Try creating a Pinterest board of pictures that you want to model your apartment after, this can spark some creativity and help you make your new apartment your own.

3.   Take Advantage of All That Your Complex Has to Offer

Your apartment isn’t just for basic living necessities like sleeping and eating. When touring apartments ask what kinds of amenities there are, since part of your rent is paying for them to be maintained, why not enjoy them?! Amenities and other features can make or break your living experience. Complexes that have amenities such as 24-hour emergency maintenance, fitness studios, and community clubhouses can elevate your quality of life and create a sense of community you might not have without those features.

4.   Think About Getting a Roommate

A roommate is great for anyone looking to save on rent or move in with a friend. Searching for a roommate you can peacefully coexist with can be a bit of a stressful process, but with some basic ground rules and mutual respect sharing a space is easy. When moving in with someone whether they are a longtime friend or a recent acquaintance, having enough space so you don’t feel crowded is vital to keep a working relationship with your roommate. Look for more spacious floor plans to be sure that each of you feels that you have your own ample space.

Apartment Don’ts:

1.   Clutter Your Space With Furniture

Getting to furnish an apartment can be exciting and you can let your inner interior designer go wild, but don’t go too crazy. Apartments can be limited on space already so don’t overcrowd it with tons of furniture. It may be best to purchase pieces little by little so they get to live in the space and from there you can get a good idea of what you do and don’t need. Yes, you want your new apartment to feel homey but not so much so that you’re dodging end tables just to get to the front door.

2.    Bring Everything You Own

Not only will you probably not use everything you own, but you most likely won’t miss it either. Consider getting a storage unit or purge your personal items that you don’t need or use anymore. The more stuff there is, the more clutter there will be. Move into your new apartment with only the necessities and allow yourself to grow from there.

3.   Sign a Lease Without Viewing the Apartment

You should never sign a lease without seeing the exact apartment you will be renting, so you can be sure you are not leasing an apartment with any damages. Ask the complex’s leasing office to see the exact unit you will be living in. That way, you can inspect the unit thoroughly so that if there are any damages they can be fixed before you move in and ensures that you will not be held responsible for them.

4.   Go Without Renters Insurance

Renters insurance may be more important than you think since it protects you and your belongings. Different policies cover different things, but the basics are personal property and loss of use, meaning if something happens and you are unable to live in your apartment the insurance will finance a new place for you to stay for the time being. Renters insurance also takes care of liabilities and provides additional coverage for things you didn’t even know you needed coverage for. It’s by far one of the most important things you need when living in an apartment.

Apartments Available in Denville New Jersey

No matter if you’re looking to move into your first apartment or your fifth, Estling Village Apartments in Denville New Jersey is the premier place to live in the Garden State. Our range of floor plans and commuter-friendly location can suit any lifestyle. Contact us with any questions you might have or apply for an apartment today!