So anyways, my plan is to move out by the beginning of June or July. I'm lucky in the sense that I don't have a deadline because I don't have a current lease that is ending or anything so I don't have to rush. I can take my time to find the perfect place. I am leaning towards a basement apartment because a lot of those tend to have everything included in the rent. With an actual apartment in an apartment building, you sometimes have to pay a utility on top of the rent, not to mention cable/internet/phone. Speaking of phone, one thing someone mentioned that I hadn't thought of, was to make sure I get reception on my cell phone if I am not planing on getting a land line. Good point!
I check Kijiji almost every day, to get an idea of whats out there. Even though everything that's out there right now is going to rent either immediately or next month, I just like to see what I can get for my money and also by checking regularly, I will be able to recognize the places that are always available (aka nobody wants them).
In terms of price what I am hoping to find is a 1 bedroom basement apartment for $800-$850 per month including everything (utilities/cable/internet/parking/laundry etc). In my city, it is definitely possible. I have already seen a few places that fit the bill, but the landlords needed them rented right away. I could maybe go up to $900 if it's a place I really really love. But I am hoping for $850 max. I have already starting savings for the move. I am confident I can save about $3000 to $4000 savings for this to use for first and last months rent, and buying whatever furnishings I need.
I am planing to buy as many things used as possible! Im going to be checking thrift stores and kijiji regularly and as soon as the nice weather starts, garage sales too. The one thing that I am planing to splurge on (meaning buying it new or almost new) is a sectional. I have a specific look in mind that I want and that's going to be my splurge. Also I might buy a tv new, if I can find a really good sale. Everything else I hope to get used or super cheap new.
Here is a list I've made of what I will need:
-pots and pans
-mixing bowls and baking pans
-placemats, dish cloths, tea towels etc
-couch (sectional preferably)
-tv and tv stand
-bath mat and shower curtain
-cleaning and laundry supplies
I also hope to get a large bookshelf (think those big ikea ones) and a chaise lounge chair to make a little reading area, if I have space. It's not a need but a want. I'm sure I've forgotten a lot, if you guys think of more ideas or just any tips in general let me know!