Checklist for Moving Into Your First House

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If you're moving into your first home, whether you're buying or renting, there are some things you'll need to do in addition to the usual moving tasks--things that will make your first house a real home. These guides will provide you with everything you need to know about renting, buying and moving into your first home.

  • 01 of 06

    Buying vs. Renting

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    When moving to another country, another state or even another city, one decision you'll have to make is if you should rent or buy a new home. Often, renting is the better option if you don't know what your new city or town will be like—where the good neighborhoods are, how long you're going to stay or how far your commute will be. Renting gives you a chance to explore before you commit. However, if feasible, homeownership is an opportunity to not only secure a potential investment, but it also makes you feel a little more settled in your new neighborhood.

  • 02 of 06

    Do You Have Enough Money Saved to Move?

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    Moving out on your own for the first time is so exciting; finding your first apartment, or a new house, signing your first rent check or mortgage and getting your very own house keys. While this can be a lot of fun, it's also a very stressful time: moving out on your own takes a lot of resources. So, to help anyone who's making this exciting leap, check out this article on taking the first step. Once you've followed the key steps in setting up your moving and household finances, you'll be ready to call up your friends to help you pack and load that moving van.

  • 03 of 06

    Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Move

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    If you're planning on moving away from home for the first time and will be renting or buying your first home, then there are some things you need to do before you sign the lease or the mortgage. Find out how to prepare to move into your first home so you're not walking into this new adventure unprepared.

  • 04 of 06

    What Do You Need to Rent Your First Apartment?

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    Moving on your own is always difficult. Having someone to bounce ideas off of helps relieve some stress (and will help you figure out if your couch will fit through the front door). One great tip to make sure nothing is forgotten is creating what we like to call an Apartment Hunting Toolkit. Use this whenever you're looking for a new home—to buy or rent. You might find that you won't leave home without it.

    So, for all you house hunters out there, find out how to ensure your search is both effective and efficient with this toolkit.

    Continue to 5 of 6 below.
  • 05 of 06

    What You Need to Know About Buying Your First Home

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    Buying a new home can be a lot of fun. But it can also be challenging, especially if you have a short time within which to purchase or if you're buying in another city or another country where you can't easily arrange a mortgage or viewings of new properties. To help, check out this guide that will take you through the steps so you can feel confident in your purchase.

  • 06 of 06

    What You'll Need to Stock Your New Kitchen

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    The kitchen is the heart of the home. And when it comes to moving, it is the most difficult room to stock, especially if this is your first kitchen. Often it takes months and sometimes longer to figure out what you need, including essential items like utensils and pots. And even when you do stock the essentials, how do you know how much you'll need? Is it better to buy a dish set for four or six? Which pots are needed to prepare daily meals? These questions and more are addressed and answered in this guide to stocking your first kitchen.