Your relationship has gotten serious! With hearts in your eyes and butterflies in your belly, you’ve decided to move in together. Now, you’re ready to tackle your first cohabitation challenge: apartment hunting. This process can quickly move from exciting to stressful if you let it. Here’s how to navigate the tricky waters of apartment hunting with your significant other so you can begin your journey as roommates on a loving (and peaceful) note! Read the rest of this entry »
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Apartment hunting is about more than finding a new place to store your stuff. It’s a mission to find a place to call home. And, with such an emotionally important mission, there are many considerations that come into play. Sure, money and location are the first things that you may focus on, but there are many other important factors to consider too. Remember, this is more than just an apartment… it’s your home. Here are a few apartment hunting tips to help you choose your next apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is here and apartment shopping season has begun. While the kids are out of school, many families jump at the chance to relocate without the inconvenience of having to deal with school transfers. Executives from across the country and abroad are arriving in new cities for temporary and permanent work assignments. College students, fresh from graduation, are moving to cities that offer the best career opportunities for new grads. All of these individuals are searching for an apartment, which is not always the easiest task. In fact, it can be quite overwhelming! Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s say you’re trying to find an apartment. You go on a tour, and the property looks pretty good, but something still seems off to you. More often than not, it pays to trust your gut when trying to find an apartment. If something’s not right, do not pass go, do not sign the lease, and do not let the landlord collect your $200 security deposit. Before you start putting together your moving checklist, make sure the apartment you’ve chosen is really the right one for you. Run far and run fast if any of these red flags come up as you evaluate apartments.
This red flag goes at the top of the list. If you find an apartment with even the faintest sign of mold, cross it off your list. Mold is difficult to get rid of and can make you seriously ill. Unfortunately, because mold doesn’t always smell, you might not know right away that a potential apartment has mold, so check under the sinks, around the refrigerator, and around the air conditioning units and vents.
Unresponsive Apartment Management
There are few things in this world that are more frustrating than having broken air conditioning in the middle of August and not being able to get ahold of your landlord. An unavailable management or maintenance staff is a major minus when trying to find an apartment that won’t make you want to pull your hair out for the duration of your lease. As you liaise with the apartment, they should be attentive to a fault, and eager to help you find an apartment unit. You should also check reviews online to see what current and former tenants have to say about the responsiveness of management to renter problems.
Signs of Water Damage
Water damage in an apartment is a sign of potential plumbing problems and often means you should steer clear of the apartment. Ceiling water damage might indicate that you have ahead of you some sleepless rainy nights with a leaky roof, while water damage under a sink could be a prelude to ruined toiletries and bathroom storage.
If possible, visit the apartment complex at different times of the day when you’re making your decision. An apartment that is tranquil at two in the afternoon may suffer from noise pollution from a nearby bar at night, or a neighbor might have a dog that barks incessantly while he or she is away in the mornings. It’s best to find an apartment that is enjoyable to live in at all times of day.
There are some fees and deposits that come standard with a new apartment, like a security deposit and pet deposit. However, if you find yourself looking at exorbitant “move-in fees,” too many non-refundable fees, or extra charges that are hidden in your lease, say no thanks and find an apartment with more reasonable rates.
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While moving to a new city can be challenging, it can be manageable (and even fun!) with the right tools. You’ll need to find an apartment, move your belongings, and get settled in to your new city, to start. Whether you’re moving with kids, moving for new job, relocating to be close to family, or just trying a change of scene, the move will be a complicated process. Fortunately, there are ways you can make your transition smoother. Check out these moving tips from ApartmentSearch and embark on your move with a little more peace of mind.
Find an Apartment
Before you move to a new city, you want to be sure that you’ll be able to find a quality place to live. Start by searching online to find an apartment that is right for you. It helps to use online resources like ApartmentSearch.com to find an apartment based on the criteria specific to your needs. Being well-informed about your choices will help you narrow down your options, and make it easier to find an apartment.
Streamline the Moving Process
After you find an apartment, you’ll start planning to pack all of your belongings and move. If you’re going to use a moving company, make sure you are careful to choose the right moving company. You don’t want to end up with broken or missing belongings when you reach your destination! Book your move well in advance, since that often means you can get the time slot and the price that’s most convenient.
If you have friends in your new city, ask for a little help settling in when you first arrive. While it helps to already have connections in your new city, you can still settle in just fine by branching out and making new friends. If you don’t have any friends already stationed in your new home, reach out online to locate activities, groups or volunteering opportunities you can take advantage of to meet new people with similar interests.
Once you get to your new city, be sure to explore it! Take a chance on a new restaurant, find out where the parks and public libraries are, locate the nearest hiking trails… whatever you’re interested in, take the time to find it!
More Tips from ApartmentSearch.com
Apartment hunting tips are easy to find. Good apartment hunting tips, now, that might come at a bit of a premium. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Below are some helpful ideas, tricks, and hints so that you get the most out of your apartment search.
First, find out what you want (or need). Are you looking for an apartment with lots of space to accommodate all of your stuff, or would you prefer a small apartment to keep furnishing the space simpler? Is price or location (since these considerations can sometimes find each other at odds) more of a concern for you?
Another thing you’ll want to do is to ask lots of questions when you’re looking at a specific place. Important questions to ask include whether there will be or have been any major, recent repairs in the apartment, what a typical utility bill costs, and even how the water pressure is. The more information you gather about a place, the more assured your decision will be.
Though all these suggestions make finding the best place for you a surer thing, there’s ultimately one major bit of advice you should absolutely follow: Read the lease! Reading the lease is absolutely crucial. Though the last thing you want to do when getting ready to move is to sit down with an overlong, bone-dry and stale bread-dense hunk of legalese, it’s the only way to guarantee that you won’t be immensely inconvenienced by an unsavory clause you didn’t know about.
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