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Essentials For Your First Property
First Rental

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First Apartment Essentials


You’re moving into your first home! What an exciting feeling. It might feel scary at first, but once you unpack everything, there’s no greater feeling. Room by room, we’ll tell you what you’ll need to feel right at home.


You don’t need to have a fully stocked bathroom. Don’t overdo it by just focusing on the necessities. Limit how many bath towels and washcloths you buy. You just need a good amount of towels to get you through the week, until you do laundry again. Stick to the basic day-to-day toiletries, such as:

  • Toilet paper
  • Handsoap
  • Hand towels
  • Plunger
  • Towels
  • Trash can
  • Shower curtain


Kitchenware can be a total money-guzzler because there are appliances and gadgets for everything. Keep it simple; overshopping can lead to having items that you never use. Stick to the supplies you’ll need:

  • Dishes, such as bowls and plates
  • Silverware, such as spoons, forks, and knives
  • Cups and mugs
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishtowels
  • Tupperware
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Can opener
  • Napkins and paper towels 
  • Dish soap
  • Baking pans
  • Trash bags

Living Room

This room will probably be the one you spend the most time in. If you can get away with eating on the couch, you can opt-out of purchasing a table and chairs. The living room is the easiest place to thrift for. Second-hand shops have furniture that should fit your budget. Someone else’s trash is your treasure, right? Additionally, if you could acquire hand-me-downs from friends and family, you can save so much money! Here is what you’ll likely need:

  • Sofa or couch
  • Coffee table
  • TV (unless you prefer using a mobile device)
  • TV stand


Ah, the bedroom. The best room in the house. Your own private space that can truly be made yours. The place where you want to relax and get a good night’s sleep. You don’t have to commit to purchasing a full bedroom set, especially not right away. They are expensive and come with liabilities. There’s also no shame in putting your mattress right on the ground. Plus, if you decide to move, your set may not match or fit in your new home. Again, shopping at thrift stores can help reduce costs in this room, too! Here’s a checklist of must-haves to start with:

  • Bed/mattress
  • Pillows
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Nightstand
  • Hangers and hamper
  • Dresser, if the closet isn’t sufficient enough
  • Curtains
  • Trashcan
  • Reading lamp

First Aid and Emergency Kits

Every place should have a first aid and emergency kit. You should have medical and emergency supplies, such as bandaids, pain reliever, alcohol or peroxide, flashlights, and basic tools on hand as soon as possible.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies can kill your budget fast. There is something for everything. Don’t break the bank by buying individual products. All you simply need is dish soap, a broom, a mop, a vacuum, and multi-purpose spray. Search the internet for sales and low-cost appliances that you can easily store away. Hit the dollar store for the other basics.

For more than 30 years, the Property Management Specialists of Central Florida have been serving the greater Orlando area. Our agents are licensed real estate professionals, dedicated to Central Florida rental properties. Keeping our properties occupied with qualified, happy tenants, in addition to maintaining low management and maintenance costs is what makes us the number one residential management company in the city.

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