Whatever the size of the apartment you’re applying for—from efficiency to two-bedroom apartments to lofts—you’ll probably have to undergo a credit check when you submit your application. Because landlords are trying to find out whether you would be a reliable renter, they look at your report for things like debt, consistency, predictability, and your previous rental history. But what happens when they actually go to check that report?
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Are you moving to a new city and have no idea where to live? Are you at a loss trying to find a new neighborhood and apartment? If you’re looking for a place to live from a distance, it can be difficult to get a feel for the area or what apartments really look like. Fortunately, ApartmentSearch.com can help simplify the process.
Not only does ApartmentSearch.com provide information on apartments in a variety of price ranges, but you can map your commute, research crime statistics, cost of living, school ratings and things to do. This will help you get a better feel for the neighborhoods in your new city before you sign a lease.
Once you’ve found your new apartment, let CORT furnish it! By renting furniture, you can get quality pieces to furnish every room of your home at a fraction of the cost. CORT will set up all of your furniture for you, saving you the time and hassle of lugging heavy sofas, beds and tables to a new city. Plus, if you sign your lease by using ApartmentSearch.com, you will be rewarded with $100 VISA gift card and $100 in CORT Bucks, which are valid at any CORT showroom nationwide to buy or rent furniture for your new place!
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Rent is one of the many expenses that can vary quite a bit depending on where you live. And the more expensive it gets, the more important it becomes to find the right place the first time. Here are some helpful tips to help you find an apartment in some of the more expensive cities in the U.S.
Los Angeles, California
- Median studio apartment: $1,405
- Median one-bedroom apartment: $1,740
- Median two-bedroom apartment: $2,406
If you want to get an apartment in LA, the first thing you need to understand is your budget. You shouldn’t be spending more than 1/40th of your annual gross income on an apartment. So if you are making only $40,000/year before taxes, you need an apartment that costs less than $1,000 a month. The choices in this price range will be limited, so you may need creative alternatives such as finding one (or multiple) roommates. Read the rest of this entry »
Looking for an apartment is difficult enough when you live in the area; there are a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of options to research. Add in the complexities of living a few hundred (or thousand!) miles away, and trying to find an apartment you can live with seems like a monumental challenge. To find the right apartment in a new city, you need a solid game plan. Here are three steps to follow to get you going in the right direction:
Step 1: List Your Needs
Get a piece of paper, and write down everything you like and dislike about your current living arrangement. Then write down everything you MUST have in a new place, and everything that would be a deal breaker. Just brainstorm for now—you can always cross things off later (and you will). Give the most thought to location. Is the apartment close enough to the places you’ll want to go to the most? It doesn’t matter how amazing your digs are if you are located forty-five minutes from the place(s) you need to be every day; you’ll never get those hour-and-a-half commutes back. Read the rest of this entry »
To those who have spent their lives driving compact cars and sedans, driving a moving truck looks about as easy as flying the Space Shuttle. If you’ve got enough stuff to move, however, finding a moving truck and hitting the road will definitely be on your apartment moving checklist. But don’t worry! Check out our beginner’s guide to driving a moving truck and you’ll get from Apartment A to Apartment B with far less stress.
Choose the Right Truck Size
If you’ve never driven a moving truck-sized vehicle before, you’ll want to keep your truck square-footage to a minimum. (Plus the smaller the truck, the lower the rental price.) If you’re moving locally and can make multiple moving trips, do so. You’ll save some cash and save yourself the stress of driving an enormous truck rather than a more manageable one. To figure out what kind of truck you need, start by making a home moving inventory and calculating how much space you’ll need for your belongings.
Know Your Route
Staring at a map and driving 14-foot moving truck are two things that should never mix. Familiarize yourself with your route before you leave so you can keep your eyes on the road. If you are directionally-challenged, invest in a GPS, drive with a friend, or use a smartphone app that voices turn-by-turn directions. Even if you’re just driving across town, it will pay to keep your attention on the truck’s handling rather than craning your neck to see street names.
Tips for Driving a Moving Truck
Ready to go? Before you start the engine, review these tips so you have a smoother drive. Read the rest of this entry »
Relocation can be tough on the whole family, but it’s especially stressful for pets. Whether you have a standard dog, cat, or bird or a more exotic beast, good preplanning with a moving checklist is essential. Barkley, Socks, or Crackers will be grateful for your efforts.
Before you start to pack, use our moving checklist to get your pet prepared for a move. Certain documents may be required if you are moving out of state. Ask your vet or check with the animal control agency in the state you are moving to. Some things you may need include:
- Current ID. This should be number one on your pet moving checklist. If your pet can wear a collar, make sure it has one that includes a tag with your name, phone number, new address, and the pet’s name.
- An up-to-date health certificate including a shot record. This is required for dogs in most states and may be required for cats, birds, or other pets.
- Health records. Next on your moving checklist, be sure to get your pet’s health records from your current vet. This will help when you take your pet to a new vet.
- A permit, which may be required if you have an exotic pet.
- A recent photo. Be sure to add this step to your moving checklist. Heaven forbid your pet should escape during the move, but it could happen.
- A pet carrier. Don’t overlook this important moving checklist item. Even if you plan to move your pet in your car, a sturdy and roomy carrier is still a good idea. It will keep your pet safer than being loose in your car and may help your pet feel more secure. Put a soft blanket or towel inside, and let your pet sleep in the carrier for a few days before your move.
If you take the time up front to handle the items on our moving checklist, the move will be much easier on both you and your pet.
In addition, ApartmentSearch.com has a moving checklist you can use to organize your entire move. And don’t forget that it pays to find your new place through Apartment Search—as much as $200 in Renters’ Rewards.
When you make a moving checklist , packing the kitchen is bound to be one of the biggest jobs. It may seem overwhelming (all those drawers and cabinets …), but we can help. Use these eight simple steps, and you’ll be ready to go faster than you thought possible.
1. Simplify. This should be the first step of your kitchen moving checklist. Go through each drawer and cabinet and get rid of anything you don’t really need. Why pack chipped glasses, nearly empty condiment bottles, or things you never use? Donate useful items to friends or a thrift store.
2. Gather your packing materials. Next on your moving checklist, purchase packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and a variety of sturdy boxes. Use medium boxes for glass and heavier items. Large boxes work well for light but bulky items like baking pans.
3. Set aside the essentials. As part of your moving checklist, group the items you will need up until you leave your current apartment and as soon as you arrive in your new place. This might include paper towels, dish soap, a can opener, a sauce pan, coffeemaker, and a few dishes, glasses, and utensils.
4. Pack the nonessentials. You can get a jump on your moving checklist by starting with items you don’t use much. This may include cookbooks, vases, aprons, baking pans, and rarely used small appliances.
5. Pack breakable items. The next step on your moving checklist should be to pack up dishes, glasses, and any other fragile items. Wrap them carefully to prevent breakage. Extra dishtowels can be used as cushioning between plates.
6. Pack pots, pans, and utensils. Next on your moving checklist, pack your cookware. You can also wrap groups of utensils and cutlery and place them in this box.
7. Pack food items. As a last step on your moving checklist, pack your pantry. If you’re paying for your move, check the weight of each item and ask yourself if it’s worth the cost. Wrap glass items. Use medium-sized boxes, and don’t pack them too heavy.
8. Label and tape. To finalize your moving checklist, label each box clearly. This will make unpacking much easier. If some boxes aren’t quite full, use packing paper or newspaper to fill them in and keep items from shifting. Then tape each box securely.
That’s it! We know that packing the kitchen is just one step of a relocation, so we’ve created a printable moving checklist you can use to help you stay organized throughout the moving process. And keep in mind that if you find an apartment through us, you could get up to $200 back in Renters’ Rewards!
The quest to find an apartment frequently involves tremendous research and hours of contemplation, not to mention the need to make very important decisions. Without taking into account all of the preparation necessary to prepare and pack up belongings, moving day comes with its own unique and sometimes frustrating challenges. However, by thinking strategically well before moving day, you can avoid much of the aggravation associated with relocation.
Sometimes, what looks like a simple move of a few boxes and a few furniture items, can turn into a real hassle. Busy lives and packed schedules can turn moving day into one big hurry to catch up. Yet, whether you are upsizing or downsizing, a few preparation tips can make the job of moving to a new apartment much easier.
If there is a plus side to the moving process, sometimes there are opportunities to sort through belongings and to discard or sell things you no longer need. For the household items you will be moving, it’s best to start sorting well before moving day and pack items that are not necessary for immediate living needs. This can also free up space, allowing you to clean areas that were not accessible prior to packing. It is also a good idea to minimize grocery shopping and consume your stock food and perishable items right up until moving day.
When it comes to packing, matching like items and labeling their boxes is always a good idea and will help make unpacking that much easier. Yet, allocating and distributing items in boxes by weight can help keep you from struggling to move heavy boxes in and out. Your moving helpers will thank you for it.
Of course, there are all kinds of extraneous items that need to be taken care of prior to — and even during — moving day such as arranging the disconnect of utilities, gathering and organizing vital records and changing your address. A moving checklist can assist you with staying organized and meeting goals even if you have the busiest of schedules.
When you plan your move into a series of mini-steps and small accomplishments, moving day will move much more smoothly.
Here at ApartmentSearch.com, we know that apartment living and moving come with their share of challenges. Luckily, we’re supported by CORT Furniture, a company that delivers more than great rental and clearance furniture. CORT helps individuals, families and businesses all over the world with major transitions. When you use ApartmentSearch.com to help find an apartment in your city (or virtually any city nationwide), you can also take advantage of several CORT services available to help with the logistics of relocation and apartment living.
First and foremost, CORT makes it easy to buy or rent furniture at great values. Choose from thousands of residential items to suit your taste, in styles ranging from classic to modern. Everything from sofas and chairs to lamps and artwork is at your disposal. A furnished apartment will truly feel like home, so make the most of even the most temporary apartment living situations with flexible options for furnishing.
There are a few ways that CORT can help ease the transition of long-distance moves. We recommend area orientation tours to introduce and familiarize you with the new neighborhood and city. Moving to a new area is stressful enough, so take this opportunity to learn where the necessities are located. Find local schools, grocery stores, restaurants and gas stations, among other spots. CORT will get you in touch with a local expert who can provide this informational overview and tour of your new area for a fee. It will save you time and gas money down the line!
Moving apartments can get complicated, with so many little things to take care of in a short time. It’s easy to accidentally let an apartment living task slip through the cracks, such as connecting utilities. You’ll want to make sure you get the best value from your utility providers, but may not have time to research and compare services. We’ve partnered with WhiteFence to provide one of the most powerful online connection services for consumers, allowing you to compare, connect or switch utilities and other essential home services. Imagine the simplicity of ordering everything you need in one place, for free. Find and compare packages from leading companies in more than 40 service categories, from phone and internet to electricity and gas connections.
Moving from one apartment to another can be an exciting time, but it’s also certainly a hassle. There are a lot of elements you need to keep track of when you’re orchestrating that perfect relocation, and keeping tabs on it all can seem like a full-time job when you’re in the thick of it all. Here are some primary issues you’ll need to stay on top of. Consider breaking these down further into a checklist so you can keep yourself organized when you’re switching apartments.
Packing Up Your Apartment: When doing this, you’ll need to take into consideration the size of your current apartment and compare it to the size of the place you’re moving into. If the place is much smaller, or if the rooms configure differently (say, if your old place has two smaller bedrooms and your new place has one large one), you’ll need to pare down what you can bring along. That can be a tough process, but a necessary one.
Cleaning: In order to get that security deposit back, you’ll need to put some elbow grease into cleaning your apartment. Ideally, you’ll want to do this after you move all of your stuff into your new place, so nothing gets in between your cleaning wrath and your apartment’s dirtiness. You’ll also want to get your new place spick-and-span.
Decorating & Restocking: If the place you’re moving to is larger, or is configured differently like we mentioned before, you’ll need to buy new furniture and decorations to make your new pad feel truly homey. Try to get items that compliment your current furniture so everything doesn’t look cobbled together. If you’re looking to start fresh, you could just donate everything but the essentials and build your new place from the ground up!
Whether you’re already in one or not, if you’re looking for an apartment for rent, we can help. We have loads of excellent Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, or Seattle apartments to look over in our easy-to-browse, ever-expanding database. These cities are great, but there’s obviously many other wonderful places you might want to move. Thanks to our excellent search tools, you can now find an apartment anywhere across this fine land. Should you choose to do so, you can be eligible to earn up to $200 in renter rewards!