5 Ways to Prepare for Moving into Your First Flat

GUEST POST | When you’re moving anywhere, it can be a stressful and difficult time- and it can sometimes feel daunting to think about all the many things that need to be sorted before moving into your first flat or house.

I recently moved into my first flat, moving out of my family home and in with my partner after a long period of long-distance. This was a big step, and at times it felt overwhelming as we prepared for the big move. Even though I moved away to University in a different city a couple of years ago, this was a totally different experience- and one that really taught me a few things that I would do differently if I were to do it again.

Below, I’ve put together 5 ways to prepare for moving into your first ever flat. Whether you’re moving into a furnished flat with your partner, or you’re about to buy your first home, I hope these tips help you prepare for the big move!


1. Buy the essentials
When preparing to move into your first flat, it’s a good idea to make sure you have all the essentials before moving in. Make sure to buy all the basics for your first few days, and avoid that panic when you realise you don’t have any cutlery, or a pan for cooking your food. You don’t need to buy every single thing before you move in, but just having a few of the essentials can help to calm your nerves as you prepare to start out on your own.

2. Maximise your space
If you’re moving into your first flat, chances are you’ll be living in a relatively small space- and it may be smaller than anywhere you’ve lived before! Make sure to learn how to maximise the space you’ve got and choose furniture, products, and decorations that make the most of this space. You want to create a beautiful but tidy living space that works for you and anyone you’re living with.

3. Have fun!
When you’re moving into your first flat, don’t forget to have fun! Preparing to move into your first flat is such a fun and exciting experience, and there’s lots to enjoy about this time in your life. For example, you get to buy homeware essentials, cute decorations, and you might even receive fun moving in gifts all ready for your first night. Even though there’s lots to do, there’s also a lot to look forward to- and when you’ve moved into your flat don’t forget to celebrate this exciting occasion with a toast!


4. Make an inventory
When I moved into my first place, the estate agent’s arranged a full inventory for the flat, and they made sure any damaged furniture was documented for the landlord. But if you don’t receive an inventory for your first flat, make one! You need to make sure you don’t get charged for any damages that aren’t your fault when you eventually move out, and it can never hurt to make a note of everything your property has- whether you’re renting or buying.

5. Save up
When you’re preparing to move into your first flat, it’s a great idea to save up a bit of money. Take it from me, you’ll be spending a lot in your first month! Up front charges such as your deposit will be a one-off, but there’s bound to be unexpected charges as you navigate life on your own and buy bits for your new home. It’s always a good idea to have a bit of money saved up, and avoid any money panic in your first couple of months to give yourself a little leeway. If you’re saving to buy your dream home, you might also thank yourself for having a head-start.

If you’re moving into your first flat, there are so many things to consider- and it can be easy to get overwhelmed by everything that you need to prepare and organise before the big moving day. However, there are a few important ways to prepare for moving into your first flat- and find a way to make your move as fun, enjoyable, and smooth as possible!

Have you recently moved into your own flat/home? What other preparation tips do you have?

Guest post written by Eleanor Jones

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  1. Thank you for featuring my post here, I hope it helps others making a big move soon x