Guide me to a smooth move-in and making it my home.
June 17, 2008 2:02 PM Subscribe
As a first-time renter, what should I do to avoid problems down the road, what will I forget to buy that I need, and how can I make it my home?
posted by cgomez to home & garden (39 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a soon to be third-year college student moving from the dorm life into an apartment of my own about a half mile from campus. What I'd like to know is what are some mistakes that new renters make that I should avoid and how can I protect myself? How crucial is renter's insurance (I have a few computer and would probably have a semi-nice HDTV)?
I'll be purchasing most everything for the apartment from Amazon due to it being tax-free for California and having Prime (proposed items here)
. For furniture, I plan on picking up the basis on the cheap from Craigslist. When I first move in, I plan on taking many photos to document the condition of the apartment - would digital photos be suitable as evidence should anything ever happen with a dispute over the security deposit?
And lastly, how can I make this place my home? That is something I've never been terribly good at - I'd like to give the place some personality, but of course, there are strict limits as to how I can modify the residence. Help - any suggestions/advice is appreciated, even if it might seem really obvious!