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?
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Your new apartment lease is signed! Now you’re happily daydreaming about your beautiful new view and enormous closet. Only one thing stands in your way: packing. There are some things that absolutely must be boxed up and moved, but there are just as many things that you can (and should!) toss. For a stress-free move, let your friends at ApartmentSearch explain what you probably don’t need to pack and why! Read the rest of this entry »
Moving is an expensive process. A $1,170 process in fact, according to an average from the American Moving & Storage Association – and that’s when you’re staying in the same state! If you’re looking for ways to cut costs on your next move, start with the basics. You won’t find movers or a moving truck for free, so take advantage of these ten places you can find free moving boxes! Read the rest of this entry »
For the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18-34 are more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they are to be living with a spouse or partner in their own house or apartment, reports Pew Social Trends. Are you one these folks? Check out these 8 (somewhat hilarious) signs it may be time to move out of your parent’s place and into an abode of your own. It’s easier and more affordable than you ever imagined! Read the rest of this entry »
Searching for an apartment in today’s market can feel like a full time job. With the national pool of available rental housing at a 20 year low, there’s a lot of renters out there pining over the same properties. As soon as you find a place you like, POOF someone else comes along and snatches it up. When you’ve found your dream apartment, you don’t want to wait! Stay ahead of the competition with these helpful tips that will speed up the application and approval process (fingers-crossed!). Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve had it! You just can’t take it anymore. You have to get out your current place and start fresh. Or, maybe you have to leave because your job calls you to relocate across the country. You could be a college student, moving in to your first apartment with roommates. Whatever the case, the time has come for you to move across the country.
Houseplants bring a feeling of the outdoors to apartment living. But these valued household members can suffer shocks and breakage if they are not handled carefully. Use this moving checklist to prepare your leafy friends for relocation.
A couple of weeks before your move:
- Repot. First on your moving checklist, check what kinds of pots your plants are in. Repot those in breakable pots in same-size plastic pots, which are lighter and won’t break.
- Prune as needed. Another item on your moving checklist should be to pinch back large or bushy plants. This will help prevent breakage during your move and will also encourage thicker growth. Do not prune succulents like jade plants and cacti.
- Banish pests. Next on your moving checklist, inspect your plants for insects. If you find any, check online or with a local greenhouse to learn the best way to treat them.
A day or two before your move:
- Prepare boxes. For this step of a moving checklist, find boxes that will hold your plants. You may be able to fit a few smaller plants into the same box, but large plants will probably need individual boxes.
- Water your plants. Don’t forget this step of your moving checklist. However, don’t get carried away. Water normally. In cold weather, overwatering could result in freezing. In hot weather, it could lead to fungus growth.
On moving day:
- Put plants in their boxes. Do this after you have finished other items on your moving checklist to minimize the time plants are boxed. To keep plants from shifting, place wadded newspaper around the pots. Punch holes in the sides of the boxes for air flow. Cover protruding branches or leaves loosely with a sheet or plastic garbage bag.
- Load your plants. This should be the last item on your moving checklist. Put plants inside your car. They could get too hot or too cold in the trunk or the back of a truck. When you arrive at your new place, unload your plants first.
If you follow the steps on our moving checklist, your plants will arrive at their new home ready to flourish. And to make the rest of your move as painless as possible, use our printable moving checklist. With good planning and organization, both you and your plants will bloom where you’re planted.