Not all apartments include in-unit washers and dryers, and those that do may cost more to rent. If you don’t have laundry within your unit, you’ll either use a shared laundry facility within your apartment building or visit a nearby laundromat. Before you sign your lease, ask about the laundry room, and if one isn’t available in your building, find out where the nearest laundromat is located.
Regardless of where you’ll do your laundry, you’ll need to pack supplies. Here are the items you need.
- Stain remover
- Dryer sheets
- Clothes basket
- Drying rack
- Ironing board (try to get a smaller, apartment-size board)
- Mesh bags for delicates
- Sewing supplies
Tools and supplies
If you’re renting an apartment, hopefully your landlord will support its maintenance and upkeep, including hiring plumbers, electricians and other professionals when needed. But regardless, you’ll still need a simple toolkit to help address minor issues. It can make your move easier and come in handy if you want to hang artwork, shelving or fix a basic problem. Here are the items that should go in your toolkit.
- Allen wrench
- Nails of varying sizes
- Screwdrivers (flathead and Phillips-head)
- Screws of varying sizes
Make sure you also have these extra supplies. You never know when you may need them.
- First-aid kit
- Extension cords
- Fire extinguisher
- Fire exit ladder (if you live in an apartment building on the second floor or higher)