Labor Day has come and gone, bringing to close another epic summer. Many of us are still feeling the heat, but not for long. Autumn will soon be in full swing, bringing a regalia of colors across the U.S. So, if you’re looking for the best place for fall colors and crave the spectacle of the changing of the season, then these cities are calling your name when searching for your next apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
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You were certain it was true love, straight from a Taylor Swift song. You were right about one thing – it was a nightmare dressed like a daydream. When your romantic relationship unravels there’s a lot to handle, from dividing belongings to changing your Facebook relationship status. One thing that can be the most stress inducing is handling a breakup when you’re both on the lease. Follow these steps to keep your cool, talk to your landlord, and figure out how to handle the lease and your changing living situation. Read the rest of this entry »
With a growing economy, US workers are taking more risks and relocating for new positions across the country. Thirty-six percent of employers plan to increase their hiring of full-time, permanent employees this year, according to CareerBuilder’s 2015 U.S. Job Forecast.
Tech companies and all types of corporations are hiring hundreds of new positions in Austin, Texas; Seattle, Wash.; Lincoln, Neb.; Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Worth, Texas; Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Oklahoma City, Okla., and many other U.S. cities. Let’s say your company – or potentially a new company – asks you to move across the country to take one of these full-time positions. Are you prepared for everything that is involved with relocating for a job across the country? Read the rest of this entry »
Many people like to use the new year as a clean slate to set goals and start fresh. Resolutions include everything from eating healthier to learning something, like how to play the guitar. For some, the new year means it’s time to find a new apartment. Whether you’re moving due to a job relocation or just because your current lease is up and you’d love a change of scenery, getting a new apartment can be a great way to kick off a new year.
Know What You Want in a New Apartment
Made the decision to move? Now comes the fun part: actually finding a new apartment. To make sure you wind up signing the lease to a place you’ll love to call home, know what you want. Make a list of things you like and don’t like about your current apartment. Include amenities it’s lacking that you feel you’re missing out on, like a gym, swimming pool or even a washer and dryer. Knowing what you want in your new apartment will help you make the best decision.
Signing the Lease
Thanks to our free apartment search tools, you probably had no trouble compiling a list of potential places. But before signing the lease on the one, make sure to ask the manager how long is the lease is, when rent will be due, how much the deposit is and how much of it is refundable and what utilities are included in the rent. For more important questions to ask, take a look at our post on apartment lease questions. Should a problem arise, you’ll be glad you weren’t shy about asking questions.
Though the new year offers a fresh start, that doesn’t mean it’s stress free. Weeks leading up to it, thanks to the holidays, can pack your schedule full of parties, gift exchanges, shopping trips and family get-togethers, leaving you with little free time. If you want to be in your new apartment by the new year, stay organized by making a calendar and setting deadlines for completing tasks like scheduling movers, cleaning out your old apartment and setting up utilities in your new apartment.
Enjoying Your New Apartment
Once you’ve moved into your new apartment, take some time to relax and enjoy it — explore your new neighborhood, introduce yourself to neighbors and think about having an apartment warming party. And for tips on decor, don’t miss our series on decorating your apartment.