Almost every apartment has some good and some bad to it. You might have hardwood floors on the one hand, but on the other there’s that oddly shaped closet you can’t seem to fit anything into. Or maybe you’ve got a nice patio, but the kitchen counter is barely big enough for a crockpot. Accepting these tradeoffs comes with the territory, and you learn to live with them. However, there always comes a time when you need to consider a new option. Is it that time for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
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Anyone who has moved apartments knows what a painful process it can be. Packing up all of your life into little boxes can seem pretty impossible at the beginning. However, packing doesn’t have to be so horrible! We’ve got a few essential packing tips that will alleviate some of the stress of moving your whole life to a different place. Read the rest of this entry »
There are several great reasons to rent a furnished apartment, the most obvious being “furniture you don’t have to pay for!” But there is a lot more to take into account when deciding between a furnished and unfurnished apartment. Here are some important considerations:
Furnished apartments are significantly rarer, which has a lot of effect on your search. Most importantly, it means that the likelihood of finding a furnished apartment in the best possible location is much smaller than finding an unfurnished one. Location is usually the single most important thing about an apartment since it determines the amount of time and gas money you will have to spend to get to the places you need to go, so this is a big deal. That said, if you do find a furnished apartment near where you need to be, it will often save you enough money on purchasing furniture to make up for the extra rent you will pay versus a comparable unfurnished unit. This also depends, however, on how long you plan to stay there. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving is stressful in any scenario. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, there seems to be an insurmountable mountain of preparation. Tasks include finding a new home, finding new schools for your children, packing, moving all your belongings, turning off utilities at your old place at the right time, and turning on the utilities at your new apartment.
However, when you are moving for job relocation, the process is even more complicated. Now, on top of everything else, you have to adjust to a new work environment and fellow employees as well as learn your way around a new city. Fortunately, this is what ApartmentSearch specializes in: helping businesses and people in transition have a smooth and easy move to their new location.
Here are our top tips for helping the business relocation go easier:
1. Living in an apartment for your first year allows you the ability to learn the neighborhood and things to do around you. There is a great risk in buying a home immediately when you are not familiar with the area. This first year should be all about adjustment and learning – not paying a mortgage. Read the rest of this entry »
Many people who move out of an existing apartment end up moving into a new one. If that’s you, congratulations on your new place! Now, how do you get all your stuff from one apartment to the other efficiently and inexpensively?
Don’t Pay for Boxes
Lots of moving stores offer boxes for cheap — but why get boxes for cheap when you could get them for free? Check the bins behind your local liquor store, deli, and self-storage units. In most municipalities, well-constructed, barely-used boxes are plentiful. Just get a roll of quality packing tape, and don’t go box-hunting if there’s been a heavy rainfall. (Soggy moving boxes are a big mistake.) Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re looking for an apartment without a job, then you’re probably running into some trouble. The unfortunate fact about apartment-hunting is that if you don’t have an immediately obvious, reliable source of income, your chance of being approved for an apartment is significantly lower. These rigid rental guidelines can make it difficult to find an apartment if you have an unusual source of income — such as being a freelancer or making your money online — and impossible if you have nothing you can call a ‘job’ at all. Fortunately, landlords are people too, so it is possible to find one who is willing to deal with you; you just have to be ready to make a few gestures to show good faith.
Offer a Deposit
One of the ways you can prove that you’ll get money is by showing that you have money. If you put two months’ rent down — above and beyond your security deposit — you can often convince a landlord to sign you up, knowing that you’ve got, at the minimum, a couple of months to get your income in line. Just be willing to show him where you got the money; some landlords are very leery of too much cash coming from someone with no visible job because it makes them think you might be into some kind of illegal activity. 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 »
Slow down! Ideally that list sounds great on paper, but for a college student, moving apartments can get expensive pretty quickly. Here are some tips for moving apartments that will keep your college bank account intact!
Get Your Boxes for Free
If you’re smart about it, you won’t have to pay for any of your moving boxes. Instead, grab some free boxes at your local liquor store or grocery store. Liquor stores have well-constructed boxes that are great for packing. Some of the boxes already have bottle holder compartments, which are great for holding your own drinking glasses. The grocery store is another great place to get boxes. The deli section in particular is bound to have a surplus of boxes.
Sell Your Furniture and Move On
That oversized sofa may have been a great buy at the time, but once the move begins, it won’t fit in your pal’s pickup truck. If you have furniture that won’t move with you, sell it. Not only do you get rid of your furniture that won’t fit, but you get more cash that can go towards new furniture or other expenditures for your new apartment. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to sell your furniture pieces.
Shop Around for Rental Trucks
Moving apartments is, unfortunately, a pain. It doesn’t matter when you move, who helps you, how far you go, or how much money you shell out—it will most likely cost undue stress, a lot of time, and a fair chunk of change. However, moving apartments doesn’t have to take a toll on your credit. Paying attention to those little plastic paycards in your wallet during the moving process will do your credit report a world of good. Follow these guidelines to maintain your credit score.
1. Be Smart about Applying to Apartments
While applying to apartments, know your credit score ahead of time so you can be honest. If you’re worried about too many inquiries on your credit report, pull your own credit score and make copies so your potential landlord won’t have to when evaluating your application. And remember, even if your credit isn’t stellar, you can still rent with bad credit.
2. Budget Your Moving Expenses
Part of building good credit is the ability to manage your expenses. However, this can be tricky when you have large expenses like a big move suddenly in the picture. To prep for the process, examine your bank account and determine how much money you can afford to spend on moving apartments. This number may be the difference between a total DIY move and using a moving company. Factor transportation costs, security deposits, pet deposits or pet rent, and new furniture into your budget.
3. Change Your Billing Address
Before you move apartments, be sure to change your billing address on all your accounts so there are no billing discrepancies. Check everything from credit card statements to monthly magazine subscriptions. You should also change your address with the USPS so no mail goes missing, and cancel any old auto payment to accounts for your current apartment’s utilities.
4. Set up Auto Payment for Your Credit Card Bills
It’s easy for the day-to-day responsibilities to fall by the wayside during the moving process. By setting up auto payment you don’t have to worry about paying your bill on time. A late or missed payment can really affect your credit score—in fact, it counts for up to 35% of it.
5. Decorate with Discretion
If you’ve careful with your moving finances, you may be tempted to splurge with a big purchase like a new TV or luxurious couch. But not so fast! You can still decorate your apartment on a budget. Spruce up your apartment with what you’ve got, plus a few accents here and there.
More Moving and Credit Tips
Our blog has a ton of moving tips, moving checklists, and credit tips to help you make the transition from one apartment to another. You can also check out our Moving Center for help with your credit, renter’s insurance, self-storage, and more. Want to contribute some tips of your own about moving or credit? Visit ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook and tell us!