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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There’s no question that renting a furnished apartment can save you major hassle, but if you’ve never rented a furnished apartment you may have some questions. For example, what do you actually need to bring? Will there be a shower curtain? Silverware? Lightbulbs? Your answer will depend on your specific furniture rental package and preferences, but we can help guide you with some general tips for things to pack and things to sell or leave behind. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
When you leave a rented apartment or home, your landlord’s goal is to fill it with a new tenant ASAP. That’s why you’re required to give them a heads-up – or a notice of intent to vacate – in plenty of time. The first thing you should do if you’ve decided to move out is check the lease agreement that you signed when you moved in. Your landlord should have detailed exactly when you need to provide a notice of intent to vacate, and how far in advance of your move-out date they need to have received it. Some landlords only require a notice when the lease is broken; others need one regardless of the situation. Some landlords need a reason; others just need the facts. Review your lease to see if a notice of intent to vacate is required in your situation, and then learn how to write one! Read the rest of this entry »
You’re sweating. It’s an abnormally hot summer, and you’re pushing a couch down a flight of stairs, praying that a bucket of water is available to dump on your head once you’re finished. Ideally, summer may seem like a great time to move, but many people don’t realize that winter is actually the underdog in this situation. Sure, it’s chilly, but we’ve got plenty of tips to help you stay warm, dry, and cozy as you reap the benefits of moving apartments in the winter. Read the rest of this entry »
Drop the boxes, order the pizza, and break out the beverages – you did it! After miles of moving, your new state is now home sweet home. Moving can be tough, but moving to a different state requires a little more planning than a local move. Before you get too cozy in your casa, make sure you don’t forget to check these things off your to-do list. Read the rest of this entry »
Summer is here and everything is heating up! From the sidewalks to the pool (to the stress of moving) it can be tough to keep your cool. Summertime means that moving season is in full-swing. Before you set yourself up to suffer through the heat, ease the burden of your move with these top summer moving tips: Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Picture this: you’ve found the perfect apartment at a reasonable rate. You think to yourself, “I’ve done it!” Then, as soon as you move all your stuff in, everything breaks and the trash truck wakes you up every morning at 4 a.m. and your neighbor dings your car over and over again and your shower has no water pressure and it takes an hour just to wash your hair and you can’t believe you signed this lease only a week ago, why is this happening?! Now take a deep breath. That doesn’t have to be you. That’s why we’re here! We’ve made a list of a few things that you may forget to ask when it comes to finding the perfect apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
Congratulations! You have just completed and signed your new apartment lease. After a few high fives in the community office, your leasing professional passes you a folder filled with coupons and information about your move in. Also contained within is a very important piece of paperwork that could prevent headaches down the road. We are, of course, referring to your Move-In Inspection Form.
At first glance, you may think that everything in your new apartment looks pristine. They have put in new carpet before your arrival, along with a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But there may be items that, by the time your lease ends, may have compounded into something you want to ensure you are not billed for in the end. Here are some of the items that you may want to take a second look at before you sign off on your completed Move-In Inspection Form: Read the rest of this entry »