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Renting Your First Apartment

Renting your first apartment is a huge step! Congratulations! This is possibly your first time living on your own and your first true taste of being in the real world – you now have your own home. This can be daunting and exciting all at the same time. There are however, a few things you should keep in mind when moving into your first apartment.
Be respectful
You are renting out someone else’s property so stay mindful of this fact. No one likes a problem tenant and you need to be respectful of the fact that the space really belongs to someone else. It is likely that you have signed a rental or lease agreement – make sure to read this document properly and to be aware of what you are able to do in terms of decorating your space and what you could be held liable for. You do not want to damage someone else’s property and find yourself paying damages or facing a lawsuit. Look after all items that come with the flat and be mindful when having guests over that they treat the place well – do not break or destroy any furniture or fixings that come with the flat. When you leave it should still be in great condition if not the same condition you received it in. a good way to ensure this is to hire end of lease cleaning services before you leave.
End of lease cleaning services will clean up after you and will have the place looking spick and span – something your land lord will appreciate!

Make it your own
While the apartment may not belong to you there is no reason why you shouldn’t make the place your own. You should try and make it as homey as possible and have it decorated to your taste and to reflect your personality. While you may not be able to make permanent changes to the layout it is likely that you may be allowed to repaint as long as you white wash before you leave. So pick a favourite paint colour. Careful when hanging up wallpaper though – ensure that it can easily be removed, will not violate your rental agreement and that once removed it will not leave residue behind. Hang up your pictures and move your furniture and books in and get comfortable.
Be responsible
Renting a flat is huge responsibility in terms of daily and financial survival. Do not fall behind on your rental payments and make sure that you manage your finances so that you can pay your utility bills on time – if not you may find yourself without cable, electricity or gas!

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