So, you’re moving out of your apartment before your lease is up. You signed on the dotted line, but circumstances have changed. It won’t be a big deal, right? Think again.
A lease is a legal contract. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you get a new job with an hour-long commute or if your best friend offers you a room in a better apartment with cheaper rent. Sure, these are great reasons to move… but not necessarily great reasons to break a lease early.
Before you pack up your boxes and hit the road, make sure you understand the consequences of breaking a lease early. We’ll help you weigh the risks and benefits when deciding whether to leave your apartment before the end of your lease. Read the rest of this entry »
More and more Americans are choosing to work freelance, be self-employed, or join the gig economy. This has caused the typical rental application process to shift dramatically from even five years ago. If you’re one of the more than 15 million self-employed people in the U.S., you may have noticed that it can be particularly difficult to get your apartment application through the approval process. Why is this and what can you do to make sure you get the apartment of your dreams? 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 »
The rising cost of rental rates has been all over the news for the past two years. And now, those stories are being replaced by ones highlighting the softening of those same costs as well as the value associated with being an apartment renter (rather than a homeowner). But there is a whole lot more to the equation than just the basic cost – primarily rent. In fact, there is a ton of math that goes on behind the scenes at both apartment communities and inside renters’ apartments. Follow along as we crunch some numbers you may not have considered when it comes to your next apartment. 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 »
It has finally arrived. After years of classes, courses, seminars, and a myriad of ups and downs, you have finally succeeded! Graduation is finally here! And, as you prepare to depart from your student housing apartment, you gaze ahead at the various paths that lay before you. New job opportunities could take you to your next home, or maybe to a cabin in the Rocky Mountains! In any case, most of you will be departing the life you have known and will be venturing to a new city.
These are the best cities for the graduating class of 2016, according to NerdWallet and The Street. 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 »
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 »