There are a lot of time-consuming and downright annoying things to cross off your moving checklist. Between packing and hauling and unpacking again, changing your address on official documents might be the last thing on your mind; however, it’s an essential final step to make your new apartment home. Cover all your bases with this complete list of places to change your address when you move from ApartmentSearch. Read the rest of this entry »
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We tend to believe that bigger is better, but that isn’t always the case—especially in your living situation! Larger apartments often have higher rent and utility costs, and they take more time and effort to maintain and clean. And don’t forget how much money and work it takes to fill a larger home with furniture and décor!
If you’re starting to feel like your home isn’t the best fit for your life anymore, maybe it’s time to consider moving to a smaller apartment or even a furnished apartment. Not sure if you’re ready to downsize? See if any of these surefire signs it’s time to downsize feel familiar to you. Read the rest of this entry »
For some apartment renters, it is a day of much anxiety. You arrive back to your apartment to the note that your lease will soon expire and you must decide whether to stay or go. Many renters are seeing rate increases included as part of the new rental agreement. This may leave you asking: Is it time to move on or should I renew my lease? Here are some things to consider… Read the rest of this entry »
Packing up your belongings, loading them into your car, and moving across town is stressful. Moving all of your belongings across the country is a whole different ball game. If you’re doing it alone, major kudos to you – it’s a brave and certainly a life-changing endeavor. Enjoy the adventure and simplify the process with these handy tips for saving money, reducing stress, and most importantly, making it to your new home with your sanity and belongings intact. Read the rest of this entry »
Lets face it. Right now, some of you despise the apartment you currently live in. In fact, you’re counting down the days until your lease term is up so you make your grand exit. Adding to your frustration, a brand new apartment community just opened up on the other side of town and they’re advertising one month of free rent. Not to mention, you have not had a response to the work order you submitted two days ago asking maintenance to fix the leaky faucet. All of these things add up to your much-celebrated exit from life at your current community. But wait — there might be more to the story than meets the eye. Is the grass going to be greener on the other side of town, or are you off to a new community with the same story as before? Consider these things before you start searching for your next apartment home. Read the rest of this entry »
The quest to find an apartment frequently involves tremendous research and hours of contemplation, not to mention the need to make very important decisions. Without taking into account all of the preparation necessary to prepare and pack up belongings, moving day comes with its own unique and sometimes frustrating challenges. However, by thinking strategically well before moving day, you can avoid much of the aggravation associated with relocation.
Sometimes, what looks like a simple move of a few boxes and a few furniture items, can turn into a real hassle. Busy lives and packed schedules can turn moving day into one big hurry to catch up. Yet, whether you are upsizing or downsizing, a few preparation tips can make the job of moving to a new apartment much easier.
If there is a plus side to the moving process, sometimes there are opportunities to sort through belongings and to discard or sell things you no longer need. For the household items you will be moving, it’s best to start sorting well before moving day and pack items that are not necessary for immediate living needs. This can also free up space, allowing you to clean areas that were not accessible prior to packing. It is also a good idea to minimize grocery shopping and consume your stock food and perishable items right up until moving day.
When it comes to packing, matching like items and labeling their boxes is always a good idea and will help make unpacking that much easier. Yet, allocating and distributing items in boxes by weight can help keep you from struggling to move heavy boxes in and out. Your moving helpers will thank you for it.
Of course, there are all kinds of extraneous items that need to be taken care of prior to — and even during — moving day such as arranging the disconnect of utilities, gathering and organizing vital records and changing your address. A moving checklist can assist you with staying organized and meeting goals even if you have the busiest of schedules.
When you plan your move into a series of mini-steps and small accomplishments, moving day will move much more smoothly.
Moving from a big apartment to a small apartment may mean less space, but it can also be a good thing — especially if you’re moving to a better location or will be paying less rent (and less in utilities) every month. If you’re ever in this situation, take note of our 5 ways to downsize when you’re moving to a small apartment…
Start early. If you leave everything to the last minute, there may not be enough time to get organized. Give yourself plenty of time to make your move as smooth as possible.
Take inventory. When you really look at what you have, you may be surprised to find out how much you don’t need, even in a large space. You might even find some things you’ve had but haven’t been using. Either way, once you know what you have, you’ll be able to plan for your move to the small apartment. And don’t just look at furnishings: include clothing, bedding and accessories you have as well.
Make a plan for your new space. Think about your new apartment and try to plan out what will go where. This will help you decide what to take and what to sell or donate. Since you’ll be starting fresh in a smaller home, a great option you have is getting creative with the new space. Consider small-space solutions like shelving and multi-purpose furniture (example: ottomans that can double as coffee tables and extra seating for guests).
Sell, sell, sell. Once you’ve figured out what you do and don’t need, consider selling the stuff you won’t be taking with you to your new apartment. There are plenty of websites that will let you place a free ad, and there’s also your newspaper’s classifieds section. Even Facebook has a classifieds section.
Donate, donate, donate. Have a friend or family member in need? A local thrift store, church, school or shelter? Whatever you do, don’t just send off that nightstand or La-Z-Boy to the dump — someone will probably be able to use it, even if you think it’s unusable or broken. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
It’s all too common for people to live in an apartment for several months or years without ever actually taking the time to get to know their neighborhood. While you may be busy with work, school, friends, family and other commitments, taking the time to explore your neighborhood can help make your apartment feel more like home. Plus, it’s fun.
Take a Walk
Walking out of your apartment and around the neighborhood is one of the best ways you can really get to know where you’re living. You can move slowly enough to be able to take everything in, so you won’t miss the small stuff. Getting “lost” on a neighborhood walk helps you find your way around and see where useful places may be, like a community pool, post office, convenience store or 24-hour pharmacy. If you think you might actually get lost, bring a map.
Say Hello to Your Neighbors
Striking up a casual conversation with your neighbors, whether it’s the person who lives in the apartment below you or the person who owns the Mom ‘n’ Pop shop on the corner, is another great way to get to know the neighborhood. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions or recommendations for restaurants and stores. Their experience living in the area means they may be able to pass on some useful information, so take advantage of that!
Pick Up the Paper
Does your neighborhood have its own newspaper or other type of publication? Maybe its own website? Some residents may even have blogs. Ask your neighbors or your apartment manager if you have trouble finding these things on your own. And if you’re new to the whole city, be sure and pick up the local publications. All of these could be excellent sources for local events and news, restaurant openings, club meetings, store openings and more. If you’re looking for a job in the area, newspapers will likely have some job listings.
These are just a few ways to get to know your neighborhood after you move into an apartment. And if you’d like help with finding an apartment in a specific neighborhood, you should definitely utilize our site’s free apartment search tools, which allow you to search listings from all over the country. What’s more is that when you rent with us, we pay you up to $200 in renter rewards. No fee, no obligation, no strings.