A J.C. Hart Apartment Community in Fishers, IN

Your First Apartment Checklist For Fishers

December 23, 2020

First Apartment Checklist

You discovered the best place with the right floor plan for your first apartment. Now, you filled out the contract, put your stuff in boxes, and you’re ready to move. However, knowing what you’ll need for your own place can be hard. What should be on your first apartment checklist for Fishers?

Here’s a checklist of the essentials that you need to move in. You might be able to take some of these basic items from your current home, but other things might take a trip to IKEA or Fishers’s local furniture warehouse. Online stores like Ebay are always helpful. We’ll also provide you with a brief list of helpful things that can make your first year easier.

Fishers apartment bedroom 

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Bedroom

These essential household items work perfectly for a one-bedroom apartment, as you have to have somewhere to put your bed and clothes. If you are leasing a 2- or 3-bedroom apartment, these items also are great for a guest room.


  • Mattress
  • Two comfy pillows

  • Sheets and pillowcases

  • Bed quilt or comforter

  • Bedframe

  • Dresser or armoire

  • Clothes hangers

Additional items:

  • Headboard

  • Full length mirror

  • Bedside table and table lamp

  • Collapsible laundry hamper

  • Extra blankets

  • TV

  • Shoe rack

Fishers apartment living room

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Living Room

Whether you refer to it as the the family room or the living room, it’s the room where you’ll spend a good amount of your time. It’s also the place where you’ll entertain (although many events end up in the kitchen).


  • Sofa or a few comfortable chairs

  • Additional seating

  • Coffee table

  • TV stand or entertainment center

  • TV

Also nice:

  • End tables

  • Additional shelving for books, photos, or decorations

  • Throw pillows and cozy blankets

  • Large area rug

Fishers apartment kitchen area

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Kitchen/Dining Room

The kitchen is easier to know what you need for a new renter because many of your large essentials -- like the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher -- come with your apartment. You only really need somewhere to sit in the dining area, but make sure it seats at least four. Even if you live by yourself, it’s nice to eat at the table with family or friends.


  • Dining table and chairs (seats 

  • Silverware, plates, and glasses (4 place settings)

  • Mugs

  • Can opener, spatula, kitchen scissors

  • Microwave-if not provided

  • A good frying pan or skillet

  • A baking sheet

  • A sharp chef knife

  • Pot for soup

  • Oven mitts

Also Nice:

  • Shelves or a buffet for storing extra dishes

  • Coffee pot

  • Cooking spices

  • Dish soap and scrub brush

  • Storage containers

  • Corkscrew, apple corer, and other well-used items

  • A knife set with stand

  • Mixing bowls and measuring cups

  • Food -- It’s always nice to move in with a fully-stocked kitchen

Fishers apartment bathroom

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: The Bathroom

The bathroom won’t need too much, as the shower, sinks, toilets, and mirrors are built in. If you have a guest bathroom, you only need toilet paper, hand soap, and a small towel. There are only a few basic items needed in your main or master bath but not as many as in other rooms.


  • Toilet paper

  • Soap

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and other individual toiletries

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Bath and hand towels

  • Shower liner, curtain, and hooks

  • Trash can

Also Nice:

  • Shower mat

  • Wall hooks for towels and bathrobes

  • Cup or toothbrush holder

Fishers apartment cleaning supplies

Fishers First Apartment Checklist: Other Items

Some necessities aren’t limited to one room. Get these household items for a comfortable move.


  • Cleaning supplies and products

  • Trash cans for every room

  • Vacuum

  • Broom and dustpan

  • Laundry detergent

  • Base tool set which includes a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, hammer, and small wrench

Also Nice:

  • Wall artwork

  • Desk for work or bills

  • Small knick-knacks

  • Extra light bulbs

  • Sweeper or mop

  • Charging and extension cords

  • Entry doormat

  • Towels and bag for the apartment pool and fitness center

Find Your First Fishers Apartment At Spark Apartments

Remember, the first task on your first apartment checklist should be signing a lease for your new apartment! Come and tour Spark Apartments and learn about the perfect community for your first apartment. Call us at 463-210-1702 or click the Schedule a Tour button and take a tour with us soon!