The Ultimate New Apartment Checklist

Apartment Hunting

At Richman Signature Properties, we know how exciting a new apartment can be. It is the opportunity for a clean slate, new memories, and a fresh take on your decor.

Unfortunately, most renters get so swept up in the thrill that they forget the basics of moving to a new apartment.

To stay on track, we created the ultimate new apartment checklist for renters. 

In this checklist, we’ll cover:

  • What you need to pack 
  • Items you need on hand for a smooth move 
  • A full furniture list room by room 

From moving to decorating, Richman Signature has got you covered. Let’s dive in.

Basics You’ll Need For Moving into Your New Apartment 

While you’re brainstorming how you will get a hold of a mountain of cardboard boxes (from work, or possibly Costco?), you might forget about the other laundry list of packing supplies that will help make your move a breeze. 

New apartment checklist | couple laughing in new apartment while unpacking

Whether you’re traveling just a mile or across the country, it is important to take time to wrap your things so they can safely make it to your new apartment.

Here are the basics you’ll need when packing to move into your new apartment:

  • Boxes and bins of all sizes (cardboard or reusable plastic)
  • Tape
  • Trash bags 
  • Tote bags (reusable grocery store ones are great for odds & ends) 
  • Bubble wrap
  • Newspaper for stuffing glasses and separating plates and bowls
  • Water bottles and snacks for your movers and yourself

Remember: Your personal items are what will make your apartment feel like home, so don’t skimp on packing! 

What You’ll Need for the First Few Nights in Your New Apartment

Let’s be realistic – if you’re like most people, you’re not going to cook meals or be 100% organized your first few nights in your new apartment, no matter how type-A you are. Take the time to put a few things in a box or a bag that will be readily available as you get settled.

Apartment checklist | bathroom supplies: body wash, shower loofah, bar soap, razors, combs, deodorant, facial cleanser, and q-tips

  • Comfortable clothes & pajamas 
  • Toothbrush 
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet paper 
  • Reusable or single-use plates, cups, cutlery
  • Granola bars/snacks 
  • Paper towels or rags 
  • Multi-purpose cleaning spray 
  • Broom/vacuum 
  • Money for takeout 🙂 (optional)


Basics You’ll Need for Your New Apartment, Room by Room 

In addition to a basic tool kit and some handy command strips, here is a room-by-room new apartment checklist. 

In the Kitchen

The kitchen is the hub of your new apartment. You’ll be surprised at how much time you actually spend there! 

That said, it is essential to have everything you need to make cooking and cleaning a breeze in your new apartment. 

Here is a checklist of basics for your new apartment kitchen: 

  • Cutlery and drawer divider
  • Cooking tools 
  • Baking sheets
  • Coffee maker 
  • Blender
  • Cups 
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Sponge 
  • Dish soap
  • Dish drying rack
  • Hand soap 
  • Paper towels 
  • Paper towel holder 
  • Salt and pepper shakers

Kitchen supplies needed for your new apartment checklist

For renters moving to a Richman Signature property, all of our apartments have easy-clean stainless steel appliances and include a microwave. 

In the Living Room

Apartments at Richman Signature Properties offer beautiful open concepts with expansive windows, lending to airy spaces with abundant natural light.

Besides the window blinds that come with the apartment, the living room is a clean palette for you to express yourself.

Here are the basics you will need for your new apartment living room:

  • Comfy couch 
  • TV 
  • TV stand 
  • Coffee table 
  • End tables
  • Floor lamps for additional light
  • Cozy throw blankets 
  • Desk (optional for the folks who Work-From-Home)

In the Bedroom

Let the bedroom at your new apartment be your oasis of calm and comfort. 

Something you might want to consider is the size of bed you can fit in your room, and the size of the closet and storage space. This will dictate whether or not you will need additional drawers or shelving to keep your things organized. 

Richman Signature apartments, for example, vary by location, but most come equipped with spacious walk-in closets and ample racks for all of your basic storage needs. 

First apartment checklist | Bedroom supplies

Here are the must-haves for your apartment bedroom: 

  • Bed 
  • Bed frame
  • Pillows 
  • Sheets & pillowcases
  • Duvet 
  • Extra blankets
  • Nightstand
  • Floor lamp (optional)

In the Bathroom 

When it comes to bathrooms, make sure to check if the bathrooms have standalone glass doors or if they will require shower curtains. 

Fun shower curtains or accent towels in your favorite color are a great way to add a pop of color to the room!

Here are some basics you’ll need in your new apartment bathroom: 

  • Toilet paper 
  • Toilet cleaner 
  • Toilet bowl brush & plunger
  • Shower curtain and liner (if necessary)
  • Bath towels
  • Washcloths
  • Toothbrush holder 
  • Soap holder 
  • Shower caddy (optional)

Don’t Forget Design 

Did you know that design can have a huge impact on your feelings? Even small changes to colors, fabrics, and layout can easily improve your mood and evoke positive sentiments. 

At Richman Signature Properties, we want you to feel at home in your new apartment. That’s why we offer an array of paint colors from Sherwin Williams that you can pick from for an accent wall of your choice. 

And here’s the best part: We’ll have it ready before you move in!

Rent With Richman Signature Properties

At Richman Signature Properties, we take apartment living to the next level. With luxurious amenities, community-building events, and gorgeous locations all over Florida, Texas and California, you are sure to find a beautiful building in a city you’ll love. Contact us today for a tour!

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