Tips for Moving Your New Grad into His or Her First Apartment


The National Center for Education Statistics projects that 1,870,000 students at the bachelor's degree level will graduate as the Class of 2016. Many of those graduates will find themselves living on their own for the very first time in their lives. Here are some tips for moving them into their new apartment.

Take photos – Before moving in, be sure to take a photo of all the rooms in the apartment and save them until your grad moves out. These photos can help in case the landlord wants to charge for repairs or refuses to give back the deposit.

Clean before you start  Before you start unpacking those boxes, give the new apartment a good and thorough cleaning. Even if the landlord may have cleaned it after the old tenant moved out, it’s still a good idea to give everything a little wipe down with some hot soapy water.

Save money on packing materials – Wrap breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap, and use socks to wrap stemware or figurines.

Label boxes by room – In addition to labeling what’s inside the boxes, add what room they’ll be going in. Use duct tape to color code boxes by room (orange for kitchen, blue for bathroom, etc.).

Protect glass – To help prevent cracking mirrors and glass in picture frames during the move, place an “X” in painter’s tape on the surface. This can help absorb some of the impact if you drop the item.

Pack a First-night box - Pack a labeled box with all of your grad’s first-night essentials (toothbrush, paper towels, linens, clothes, PJs, medicine, etc.) to prevent an aimless search through all of the boxes when it’s time for bed.


Stock up on Libman Cleaning Products for Your Grad’s First Apartment

Toilet Brush & Plunger Combo (#1024)


Large Precision Angle Broom with Dustpan (#248)


Wonder Mop (#2000)


All-Purpose Sponge (#1076)