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 »
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When you come visit Atlanta, there is a lot of fun to be had touring classic attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and Six Flags Over Georgia. But when you’re coming here to live, you’re going to want to get deeper into the local culture. Tourist attractions are fun, but they won’t always give you the real Atlanta experience. When you’re ready to venture out of your new Atlanta apartment for a day of experiencing ATL on the street level, check out some of these amazing local spots.
The Buford Highway Flea Market has more than 260 booths full of local vendors selling hand-made, recently-found, or simply zany goods. Just a half-dozen miles out of downtown on highway 13, this international market is rarely over-crowded if you can make it on a weekday afternoon, and the prices range from reasonable to amazing.
Gladys and Ron’s Chicken and Waffles might sound like it is owned by some elderly couple whose soul food recipes are insanely excellent — and you’re half right. Gladys Knight (yes, that Gladys Knight) came up with some choice entrees to craft a menu around, and her son Shanga keeps her ideas alive today at this incredible Atlanta treasure. If you think of ‘soul food’ primarily as ‘that Vanessa Williams movie,’ educate yourself at this eatery. Stop by Gladys and Ron’s, and you’ll never think of chicken or waffles the same way again. 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 »
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
So you have an adorable cat at home, and are worried about how it’ll react to a big apartment move. We understand; cats follow a daily routine, and if that’s disrupted they can become very stressed. To minimize the amount of loud meowing you’ll hear during the moving process, we’ve compiled a to-do list for your feline friends:
1. Stay Away from Commotion
On moving day, it’s best to keep your cat away from any chaos by keeping it separated from the movers when they’re going in and out of your home. To do this, you can designate a room that is a “cat-only” room, or you can take him to a kennel while this part of the move is taking place. The first option is less traumatic, but if that isn’t possible, the last thing you want is your cat escaping. Read the rest of this entry »
A shady moving guy won’t show up at your apartment wearing Groucho Marx glasses, twirling a fake mustache. You’re going to have to do your research before choosing a moving company to get to your new apartment. But then again, spotting a bad moving company is pretty easy if you know what to look for. Moving company red flags can be obvious as long as you’re on the lookout. Here is a moving checklist of six things sketchy movers could do to take advantage of you during your apartment move.
Remember, a bad moving company may…
1. Avoid an in-home estimate. If the guy on the phone gives you a moving price up front without checking out your apartment to evaluate your belongings first, beware.
2. Ask for a big payment in advance. It’s common in some situations (like a move in an urban area) to ask for some money up front as a deposit, but the total shouldn’t exceed around $200. Movers shouldn’t normally ask for the majority of payment right away.
3. Not offer you a moving booklet. “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” is a booklet that movers are required by Federal law to give customers who are moving between states. If you are embarking on an inter-state apartment move and don’t receive the booklet, ask why.
4. Fail to identify itself properly. This might include answering the business’s phone with something generic like “Hello, Movers!” rather than “Hello, Amanda’s Amiable Apartment Movers!” You should also check out the company’s listed address and offices. If they are sketchy-looking or non-existent, think twice. Also, the moving truck they use should be clearly marked with the company logo as company-owned truck or fleet truck. No unmarked rental trucks.
5. Not have the right licenses. If the company has expired MC and DOT licenses (or worse, none at all) don’t trust them with your belongings. Licenses should be displayed on their website.
6. Ask you to sign blank or incomplete documents. These include service agreements, which should list your name, the addresses of your old apartment and your new one, the moving date, and the total cost of the move. Signing a document before the price is filled in means that the company is at its leisure to up the price without telling you. After all, they’ll say, you signed the agreement.
Have you had a bad experience with a moving company? What red flags did you see? Let us know by finding ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook and sharing your apartment moving stories and moving checklists.
As anyone who has moved apartments before will tell you, moving can be expensive. Packing materials, transportation, movers and/or a moving company, setting up the new apartment, putting down deposits, and everything in between costs a pretty penny. If you’re moving with another person, that does make things a little easier, but ultimately you’re going to have to shell out some cash in order to get from your old home to your new one. Although moving with someone else can have its advantages, how you handle things depends on who you’re moving with. Here are some options when it comes to moving apartments with a fellow renter.
Moving Apartments with Your Significant Other
Moving apartments with a partner is a big step, no matter what stage of a relationship you’re in. Whether you’re just starting out or have been together for years, moving is still a little tricky to handle. If you’re splitting the cost of moving apartments with your significant other, you might…
Go 50/50: Splitting the bills evenly might be the simplest way to divide up the cost of moving. This is easiest since all you have to do is keep track of the expenses, including security deposits.
Pay by Ratio: If one partner is paid significantly more than the other, it might be fairer to split the expenses proportional to your salaries. Be sure you hash this out carefully however, and that both parties think the agreement is fair. Harboring resentment over moving costs is no way to start life in a new apartment.
Divvy Up Certain Costs: Another way to keep things fair is to have each partner take care of certain expenses. For example, you might pay the movers, while your partner takes care of the security deposit.
Moving Apartments with a Roommate
Living with a roommate can be a great way to alleviate some of the financial burden of living in an apartment. This is true of moving costs also, but navigating the logistics of changing apartments can lead to conflict if you’re not prepared. If you’re moving apartments with a roommate, you could…
Go Down the Middle: Dividing moving costs 50/50 might be the least complicated way to do it for you and your roommate. Just keep diligent documention of all the moving costs, and make sure you’re clear from the start what the agreement is.
Pay by Ratio: You may find it fair to split costs proportionally; that is, according to the amount each person can afford to pay given their current job. However, this number may be difficult to agree on, and if one person’s pay goes up or down, you may run into more complications.
Divvy Up Certain Costs: To keep things fair, you could also have each person take the appropriate bills and fees. For example, if you have a dog, you should take care of the pet deposit, and if your roommate will need a parking spot but not you, be sure she picks up the tab for the apartment’s parking permit.
How to Deal with Utilities: When it comes to turning on the apartment’s water, gas, electricity, cable, etc., consider who will be paying in the future and which roommate will use which utility more. You can either put all utilities under one name, then make sure the other roommate writes a check to that person every month, or you can divvy up each utility cost in a way you think is fair. (For example, you could have the person who watches more TV pick up the apartment’s cable bill.)
Send Us Your Moving Tips!
When it comes to finding a new place to live, choosing an apartment isn’t the only thing on your moving checklist. You’ll also be looking the location of that apartment, which means carefully assessing the neighborhoods of your future city and finding the one that best suits your needs. This can be hard if, say, you are making a long distance move and won’t be able to check out all of the apartments in person right away. Even if you’re just moving from across town, it’s best to have all the facts about the area before you make a decision about an apartment.
In celebration of National Moving Month, here are a few moving checklist items to streamline the picking process, so whether you are moving from far away or nearby, you can feel confident about the neighborhood you choose and the apartment in it.
Starting the Moving Checklist
To make a moving checklist when searching for a new neighborhood, you should first make a list of everything you’re looking for in a new community. Consider noise level, price point, and proximity to public transportation, community resources, shopping, activities, area schools, and parks. Make a list of what is important to you, and reference that list as you start your search.
Get the Facts Online
Check comprehensive sites like ApartmentSearch.com to get the facts about apartments in the city in which you’re searching. Narrow down your choices by price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, types of pets allowed, and the amenities various apartments offer.
Check out City Websites
Lots of cities have a website dedicated to information for and about the city’s residents, visitors, and government. Many even have social media monikers! It may take some clicking around, but you can usually find information about the community, maps, demographics, and information by neighborhood.
What’s On Your Moving Checklist?
What was on your moving checklist while looking for a new neighborhood? Share your moving checklist, moving tips, and more with ApartmentSearch.com on Twitter and Facebook! You can also check out the ApartmentSearch.com Apartment Moving Center for extra moving help.