In my last post I shared the story of how I got my job. You might remember that I mentioned how I had 3 weeks notice to move, which is what I am going to focus my next “The Story of” post on. All of the sudden, the time I was using to search for jobs turned into the time I was using to find an apartment and figuring out how to get my belongings to Texas without a car. With all of that said, welcome to The Story of How I Moved!
As one can expect moving is not cheap, and moving out of state is definitely not cheap. I had known for a while that I was going to try to move out of state. With that in mind, I made sure to set aside some money from any part time jobs or paid internships I had in college. I really should have set aside more so I could have a car right now, but oh well, you learn. I was also very open with everyone that I wanted to move. My parents were on board and people were constantly giving me contacts for out of state merchandising jobs. Since my parents completely supported my dream of moving, my graduation gift was a very generous chunk of money that I was to put into my savings and not touch until I was in the process of moving. I really did not expect that much financial support, but it definitely helped. Making sure I had money set aside specifically for moving made it possible for me to say yes without hesitation to my job offer.
On to the finding an apartment portion of the story. The first step was to calculate how much I could afford in rent. I researched online what was a normal percentage of your income to spend on rent and I sat down with my parents to estimate how much money I would be spending on other aspects of my life. Once I knew what my budget was, I immediately started looking at a variety of apartment websites.Ultimately, the first place I called was super close to where I work and also very close to a shopping center which is convenient when I don’t have a car. I know you are supposed to go tour apartments in person, but that was just too difficult in my situation. That first place I called actually had an opening that I could afford. It was a little tight in my budget, but I knew I could make it work. I also felt fine deciding on this apartment because I knew it was in a safe area and the building was built within the last 5 years. I also made sure the leasing office sent me non-staged pictures of my apartment. One other thing that made this apartment a good choice was the fact that there was a bus nearby that could drop me off directly at work. Apparently, that is kind of surprising for Texas though.
Once I knew where I was going to live, it was time to figure out how to get my stuff there. Luckily, since I had never lived completely on my own, I really didn’t have much to bring with me. I mainly had clothes, a keurig, and some other miscellaneous items. I knew I had to fly since I didn’t have a car which also meant that I needed to research what all I could check in. I bought the biggest suitcase I could find and I found out that I could check in more than just luggage; I could also check in boxes. Any extra boxes I had, I dropped off at FedEx to be delivered within the first couple days of arriving in Texas. For things like my bed, I pre ordered a mattress and box spring. Those showed up on my second day in Texas.
Another thing that was helpful when I first arrived was that I had a rental car for the first few days. This allowed me to go to Target, Homegoods, the Dollar Store, and the grocery store to get everything I absolutely needed. I moved into my apartment about 5 days before I started work so I had a little time to get settled before my first day of work.
I know my story may not be the typical route some people take when making a move, but if you ever find yourself making a last minute move half way across the country, this is a general overview of what it can be like. Later on I can share more detailed advice on searching for an apartment. I am no expert on it but I plan on searching for a different apartment after my lease is up. I like my apartment, but I wouldn’t mind my rent being slightly cheaper and I am learning that there are other areas in DFW that I may be more interested in.
I plan on writing one more part for this mini series. Please subscribe in the side bar so you don’t miss it!