5 Practical Things You’ll Need For Your First Apartment

Moving into your first apartment will likely be stressful. And for many, it might also coincide with big, life-changing events.

Moving into your first apartment will likely be stressful. And for many, it might also coincide with big, life-changing events: graduating, moving out of your parent’s home, starting a business, moving to a new city.

It can be overwhelming to identify exactly what you should buy. This is especially true if you are a college entrepreneur on a budget. In this article, we will outline the top five purchases you’ll need for your first apartment.


1. Home security devices

Home security devices have become very advanced in recent years. Say goodbye to bulky cameras and alert systems, and hello to sleek devices that work simply with automation and recognition.

There are also very important factors you want to make sure you are cleared on before signing a lease agreement. Investing in some kind of security system is essential. This will help you stay alert when in different areas of the apartment, or while you are away. Here are some beginner items that are essential for your security in the new place:

  • Doorbell
  • Security camera (indoor & outdoor)
  • Smart locks for doors and windows
  • Secure safe for important belongings


2. Cleaning supplies  

Moving can be very, very messy. Prior to organizing your belongings and moving in furniture, it is important to give your new space a deep clean. Especially during the Pandemic, it is crucial to sanitize surfaces often and keep your space disinfected. It can be tricky to decide what items are essential when first starting out, so we’ve compiled this quick list for beginners:

  • Cordless vacuum
  • Disinfecting wipes & spray
  • Glass cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Swiffer for hardwood/tile
  • Air freshener


3. Beginner tool kit

Even if you don’t consider yourself a handyman, having tools on hand can help when you need to take matters into your own hands. Having tools can come in handy when assembling furniture during move-in, making quick fixes around your new home, or adding your own personal touch to the space. Here is a list of tools every beginner homeowner should have on hand:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Wrenches with different sizes
  • Drill
  • Protective gloves


4. Kitchen appliances

Cooking at home can help save money and incorporate healthier meals into your lifestyle. Luckily, having your own apartment means that you’ll be able to cook in your very own kitchen. If you’re living in a smaller space, it’s important to be resourceful when utilizing dining areas. Folding tables, bar stools, and counter extenders will be your best friends. You don’t need any expensive and fancy appliances when just starting out. Here are some essentials to invest in first:

  • Non-stick pan
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cup
  • Can opener
  • Large pot
  • Good quality knives


5. First aid supplies

Having first aid supplies on hand is important, especially when living alone and far away from convenience stores. You don’t need any fancy medical equipment in your bathroom cabinet. Instead, just investing in a few basics can help you have peace of mind if a minor accident does happen. When making your next errand run, throw these items in your shopping cart to be safe:

  • Antibiotic cream
  • Band-Aids of different sizes
  • Bottle of Asprin
  • Tums/Anti-acids
  • Calamine lotion

We hope this guide helps you prepare to move into your first apartment. Best of luck settling into your new home.


Craig Lebrau is the CMO of Media Insider, a Wyoming-based PR company that aims to disrupt the way companies communicate their brand in the digital era.


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