A New Apartment for the New Year

fireworksMany 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.

Plan Ahead

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.