First Apartment Checklist for First Time Renters

Congratulations your first new apartment! I used this same checklist when I moved into my first apartment. I hope this First Apartment Checklist will be as beneficial to you as it was me.

First, I begin with Amazon Prime (this link gives you a 30 day free trial). They call it Amazon Prime for a reason – because its PRIME! If you’re living in an apartment or college dorm room for the first time, especially if you don’t have a car, it’s definitely a game changer.

When I moved into my first apartment in San Francisco, I didn’t have a car. So when I needed stuff for my first apartment, it was difficult to carry everything on the bus. Amazon Prime helped me get things delivered with no shipping costs within a day or two.

I’ve split this first apartment checklist into 2 sections. First is “Things To Do” and second is “Items To Buy”

First Apartment – Things To Do

  • Inspect – Before moving in, thoroughly inspect to make sure nothing is already damaged. Otherwise you may lose your deposit on damages you didn’t cause. Print and use this Apartment Inspection Checklist and present it to your landlord.
  • Clean – Most apartments are already clean, but if you want it to your standards, do a little extra cleaning.
  • Paint – If you want to paint, consider painting before moving things in.
  • Measure – Consider the layout of where things will go and take measurements before buying things.
  • Move-in – You’ll need to speak with your landlord about taking up elevators and unloading outside the apartment building
  • Utilities – Get these set up before moving in so you’ll be able to take a shower after moving in.
  • Cable Services – In my opinion, its best to just get internet services and sign up for Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime to steam the shows you like. You’ll save a lot per month this way too.
  • Change your address – If you haven’t changed your address before you moved, then officially change your address with the post office and forward your mail using these forms. Also contact banks, credit cards companies, insurance companies, DMV/car registration and other services about your change of address.
  • Take pictures – Make sure your taking a lot of pictures when moving into your first apartment. You’ll want to have these later down the road to look back on.
  • Have Children? – If you have kids, you may want to baby proof your apartment before you move in.

First Apartment – Items To Buy

Before moving, try and get as many of these items as you can from friends and family. That way you won’t have to spend as much. For the rest of the items, either get them on Amazon, one-dollar stores, or other local stores.


The kitchen is a very important part of a home. A well-stocked kitchen will keep you from living like a barbarian. The following are musts for your first apartment.

Kitchen Cleaning

  • Trash Cans
  • Cleaners & Dish Soaps
  • Dish Drying Rack
  • Dish cloths
  • Sponges
  • Rubber gloves

Kitchen Cooking/Eating/Drinking

  • Utensils
  • Plates & Bowls
  • Glasses & Mugs
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Can Opener
  • Wooden spoons
  • Grater
  • Oven Mitts
  • Leftover Containers – Preferably Glass
  • Pots and Pans
  • Frying Pan
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Pans
  • Cutting Board
  • Other: __________
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Kitchen Appliances

  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Juicer

Living Room

Living room is a place for the family. You need it look comfortable and cosy. It is also a place you will like to spend time with your close friends. This means that it needs to look welcoming. Following items will definitely help a living room come to life.

  • Couch, chairs, or other things to sit on
  • Coffee table
  • Eating Table
  • Rugs
  • Bookshelves
  • Television
  • Stand for TV
  • Artwork
  • Lamp(s)
  • Other: __________
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It is advised that you color co-ordinate everything. Once you are settled, you can also start making a collection of books and DVDs.  Artwork might seem to be an expensive item choice. If you can’t afford it then you can always opt for family pictures.


The bathroom is always the part of the home that you need to be clean and tidy. However, you can make it look more. An organized and scented bathroom will not only make visitors happy but also give you a sense of peace. Items needed in your new bathroom is as follows

  • Shower curtain (and rings to hold it up)
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet plunger
  • Bath mat(s)
  • Air freshener
  • Trash can
  • Over-the-door towel hook
  • Towels (bath and hand) and wash cloths(have extras for guests spending the night)
  • Other: __________
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Last but not the least is the bedroom. This is your go to place for privacy. This is a place where you can put as much of yourself as you want. Besides the obvious item of bed, you need the following

  • Pillows
  • Mattress
  • Sheets and comforter
  • Night stand
  • Lamp
  • Dresser
  • Trash can
  • Curtains
  • Alarm clock
  • Other: __________
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I hope this first apartment checklist has been very helpful and good luck with you new place to call home! Get settled into your new city with these 6 Helpful Apps For After Moving To A New City. If you have any comments, I would love to hear them!

2017-10-25T16:33:43+00:00 Home, Moving / Relocation|Comments Off on First Apartment Checklist for First Time Renters