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Moving to a New Apartment

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Moving into a new home can be a daunting task. There are so many little things to remember and big steps to take. Somewhere in all the confusion, most people tend to forget a few things that end up being really important later. So, this checklist is here to make your transition into the luxury apartments in Alameda CA easier.


Whether this is your first or 100th apartment, there’s no need to splurge on new furniture. Chances are, you already have plenty of items moving with you. If not, then you can find a wide variety of modern, fantastic looking pieces without breaking the bank.

Keep the amount of space you have in mind. While an enormous sectional might be the ultimate comfy retreat after a long day, it might not make sense to fill up the entire living room with a couch. Planning a layout with designated spaces for dining, cooking, and binge-watching TV series is essential to help you make the most of your apartment’s layout.

When making your plan, include the following essentials:

A bed, because you need somewhere to sleep
At least one dresser for your clothes
A dining table with enough chairs for you and a guest or two to eat
And a decent but not oversized couch

Your kitchen will almost always come ready-to-cook in. What apartments do not provide are the things you’ll need to cook with. Now is the time to take inventory of the cookware you have and purchase anything else you’ll need to avoid eating ramen out of a coffee mug.

Ensuring you have all the cooking utensils you’ll need is the easy part. What people tend to forget are the little necessities, like:

  • Dish towels
  • Chip clips
  • Food storage containers
  • A bottle opener and corkscrew
  • Cookie sheets
  • A veggie peeler
  • The paper towel holder
  • Ice trays
  • Counter top storage for things like sugar and flour
  • Bathroom

The bathroom is a fairly simple room. You know your routine better than anyone else, so make sure you have every item you use on hand when you move in. You might need to pick up a shower curtain, shower caddy, and toothbrush holder if you don’t have them already. Finally, don’t forget to buy a plunger. You might not need it now, but someday you will.

Living Room

The feng shui of your living room is a matter of personal preference. For instance, some people prefer beanbag chairs as opposed to a couch or would rather mount their television than place it on a stand. The ways in which you use the space might vary, but there are undoubtedly a few essentials that most people agree on.

Regardless of the installed lighting, a few lamps are an excellent way to soften the room and invoke a more intimate setting. A desk and chair are ideal for those who use part of this space to work. Bookshelves are another essential for many individuals’ living rooms, especially students or those who simple love to read.


Planning for the bedroom is simple. You need you bed and everything that goes with it, as well as a nightstand and some curtains or blinds. Your closet will need some hangars, your nightstand needs a lamp, and you might want to add an alarm clock somewhere.

If this is where you’ll get ready every day, then you’ll also want a hamper for dirty clothes and a full-length mirror. Finally, storage boxes are a must for seasonal items. Depending on your setup, the best place to store them is under the bed or in the closet.

Cleaning Supplies

This is one area people tend to forget. No one really thinks of cleaning supplies as “their stuff,” but these essentials are going to come in handy the moment you move in. While you probably have a number of these cleaning supplies coming with you, here’s a checklist for everything you’ll need:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Spray bottles
  • Sponges
  • Rags
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softener
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Cleaning alcohol
  • Stain remover
  • Vinegar and baking soda
  • Extras

Extras are the rarely thought about items that come in handy in the rarest of situations. You may need one, some, or all of the items on this list. Best of all, these are some the cheapest items you’ll pick up during your move.

  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Matches
  • Light bulbs
  • Extension cord
  • Multi-plug adapters
  • A pen and some paper
  • What to Do When Moving In

Finally, no apartment moving checklist is complete without these vital tips. For instance, you might forget to change your address on your drivers license or with the USPS during all of the commotion. A lot of tenants prefer to disinfect the fridge, even if management already did so. If there are any utilities that you are responsible for outside of rent, ensure that they’re set up and ready to go the day you move in.

Luxury Apartments Alameda, CA

By following the list above, you can save yourself time and stress when moving into your new apartment at Admirals Cove. With a premier location in Alameda, these luxurious homes offer the charm of open living with space to relax and a place to roam.

Hop on a ferry at Fisherman’s Wharf to cross the bay for a bistro lunch, ride the rails to Jack London Square for a shopping adventure, or play a game of bocce ball on acres of manicured lawn right in your backyard. Whether you travel by bay or by bike, the possibilities here are endless. At Admirals Cove, employment and entertainment are never further than 30 minutes away. Of course, you can find plenty to do within minutes from your home as well.

Enjoy a host of on-site amenities carefully designed to cater to every facet of life, or kick back in your apartment and indulge yourself in the finest of modern conveniences. Whether you’re returning from a long day or enjoying a staycation, home never felt so good.

Welcome to your launch and landing point. Welcome to Admirals Cove.