apartment applicationMoving into a new apartment can feel like the first step into true adulthood. Though it might be a challenge, it’s a sure sign that you’re becoming independent. But like every challenge, there are a fair number of mistakes you can make along the way.

Whether you’re moving out of your parents’ home for the first time or you’re moving into a new place without a roommate, there are a few mistakes you need to be aware of. Here are just a few of those mistakes that you might want to avoid.

Glossing Over Your Apartment Application
Apartment hunting can be a long, detail-oriented task, but the truth is that all those details are there for a reason. Neglecting your apartment application could not only cost you the apartment, it could land you in a not-so-nice apartment that you didn’t really want in the first place. When you’re applying for apartments for rent, your application is a landlord or property manager’s first impression of you. Make it a good one!

Not Reading Your Lease
Your lease is a legal document that outlines the terms of your apartment rental. If you neglect to read it all the way through and with attention to every little detail, you could miss a crucial piece of information. Depending on the lease, that piece of information could mean you’re paying for certain damages or any number of other things that you don’t know about.

Opting Out of Renter’s Insurance
According the U.S. News, renter’s insurance costs an average of $15 per month. For a small apartment, that’s nothing! In addition to covering yourself in the event that the apartment is damaged, renter’s insurance also protects all of your belongings within an apartment. In the event that anything is damaged in a flood or fire, you can file an insurance claim. But without any renter’s insurance, it’s nearly impossible to protect yourself in those situations.

Renting an apartment is a sign of independence, but it also means you need to be independent and take responsibility for your own space. Don’t make these silly mistakes and pay the price!