So, you’re moving out of your apartment before your lease is up. You signed on the dotted line, but circumstances have changed. It won’t be a big deal, right? Think again.
A lease is a legal contract. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you get a new job with an hour-long commute or if your best friend offers you a room in a better apartment with cheaper rent. Sure, these are great reasons to move… but not necessarily great reasons to break a lease early.
Before you pack up your boxes and hit the road, make sure you understand the consequences of breaking a lease early. We’ll help you weigh the risks and benefits when deciding whether to leave your apartment before the end of your lease. Read the rest of this entry »
An eight-letter word — eviction — can frighten any apartment tenant. If a landlord threatens to evict you, it can trigger a variety of problems. But if you are facing eviction, you’ve got some solutions at your disposal. Read the rest of this entry »
Your boxes are packed and the paperwork is finished for your new apartment. Moving day is just around the corner. Are chaos and drama inevitable parts of moving day, or can they be avoided? They can, with these handy moving day tips from your friends at ApartmentSearch! Read the rest of this entry »
Moving out? Apartment cleaning should go at the top of your to-do list. As excited as you are about your new apartment, you can’t just walk away from your old one. There are some responsibilities you have as a renter when moving out, and those responsibilities involve cleaning. Read the rest of this entry »
Big castles, big cars, big bills! Is bigger always better? Find out all the ways downsizing from a house to an apartment could improve your quality of life – plus some downsizing tips for starting your smart move today! Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve all heard the term “wear and tear” when it comes to the typical nicks and scratches even the most careful apartment renter causes. But what separates normal “wear and tear” from damages you’re expected to pay for out of your security deposit? (Or, worse yet, in addition to your security deposit?) And how can you address what you consider unfair bills from your landlord when you’re moving out?
The following three suggestions will help you receive a security deposit refund and find a solution for unreasonable landlord charges when you move out. Read the rest of this entry »
We tend to believe that bigger is better, but that isn’t always the case—especially in your living situation! Larger apartments often have higher rent and utility costs, and they take more time and effort to maintain and clean. And don’t forget how much money and work it takes to fill a larger home with furniture and décor!
If you’re starting to feel like your home isn’t the best fit for your life anymore, maybe it’s time to consider moving to a smaller apartment or even a furnished apartment. Not sure if you’re ready to downsize? See if any of these surefire signs it’s time to downsize feel familiar to you. Read the rest of this entry »
A serious relationship with the right person can change everything for the better. You love spending time with your significant other, and maybe you’ve been daydreaming about what it would be like to move in together. No more separate rent payments and no more leaving to go to your own house after a great night out. Plus, you could spend all the time you want with his/her awesome and adorable dog. But is moving in together truly the right decision for your relationship? Pay attention and watch for these 5 signs that could mean your daydream would lead to disaster. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve ever helped someone when they’re moving to a new apartment, you know it can be tough work! But, if you’ve ever been the friend who needs the moving help, you also know that having your amigos there can definitely make moving easier. Once you’ve settled in, show your friends how much you appreciate their moving help! Try these creative ideas to say “thank you” and strengthen your friendships—without breaking the bank. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s no question that renting a furnished apartment can save you major hassle, but if you’ve never rented a furnished apartment you may have some questions. For example, what do you actually need to bring? Will there be a shower curtain? Silverware? Lightbulbs? Your answer will depend on your specific furniture rental package and preferences, but we can help guide you with some general tips for things to pack and things to sell or leave behind. Read the rest of this entry »