Moving for the first time Some things to keep in mind
Moving out for the first time is a special event. Having one’s own flat means being independent and making one’s own decision, including choosing furniture. However, having one’s own place also means responsibility and facing new challenges. To help you along, we have compiled some tips and advice to consider.
1. Lease: what do I have to watch out for?
Before moving into your new flat, you have to take care of the paperwork with your landlord: the most important part is the lease. Since it is a legally binding document, make sure to read it carefully. Are electricity, cable, and internet included in the rent? Or do I have to take care of that myself? If this is the case, think about what you need. To save costs, go online to compare providers and get a good deal on TV, electricity, phone, internet, etc. If you’re short of cash, you could try using your neighbour’s wifi, if the signal is strong enough, or ask them about sharing costs.
Secondly, read the contract’s terms of termination very carefully. If you feel overwhelmed by the contract terms, we recommend having a lawyer look over it.
2. Get household insurance
The next step is to get insurance. Household insurance is essential because of possible water or fire damage. Insurance is also important in case of a break-in. You could also ask your parents about how to get better conditions.
3. Household furnishings
In this next step, it’s important to create a monthly budget to ensure that you have enough money for things like food later in the month. Since this is your own apartment, you can also choose how to furnish it. Above all else, furnishings include furniture and household appliances. To avoid high costs, we recommend buying slightly older, used items. When you buy used furniture, dishes, or household appliances, for example, a hoover, you will pay significantly less. Jumble sales and specialised online shops are good places to start.
4. Changing your address
In Germany, the last step is to notify your local registration office and change your address. This is standard procedure and shouldn’t take up too much of your time. For more information, go to the website of the city you live in.
We hope you find these tips useful for when you move into your first own flat. From now on, you are your own master and make your own decisions. If you’re lucky, you won’t have to deal with the challenges we mentioned above.