-Written by Erik Sargent
When it comes to the world of moving, moves into a rental property like an apartment or condo present a different set of challenges from what you’d experience when completing a home move.
Although the same aspects like moving your belongings, planning, and packing are still prevalent – there are many necessary and important steps involved to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success when you move into a rental property. From figuring out utilities to move in dates, rent prices and payment options, finding a roommate if necessary, and more – you want to be well prepare before you enter this world.
We’ve seen everything that can come with moving into rental properties over the last three decades, and decided to put together a few important tips to make moving into a rental as stress-free as possible.
Research the best place for you
The last thing you want to do is lock yourself into a rental property at a price you can’t afford, or in a situation that doesn’t fit your needs.
Research the best options in your price range, and read online reviews about the property to make an informed decision about where you are moving. It’s not a bad idea to drive to the location and take a tour, either.
Finalize the details
Typically, a rental property will have a list of fees that are required of the tenant before move in day. Everything from a security deposit to a move-in fee, and paying the first month’s rent in advance is usually in play.
Meet with your landlord to discuss these details and make sure you understand all necessary payments before move in day to avoid any late fees.
Sign your rental lease
Be sure to review this lease document thoroughly and make sure it’s up-to-date with what works best for you. Here, you can find important information like the final rent price and your move in date, and also any specific clauses the rental property might have.
If you have questions, be sure to ask and clarify before moving in!
Set up utilities
First and foremost – be sure to take care of the utilities at your old home and change your address. Then, be sure work with your landlord to find out what utilities you need to set up before moving into your rental property, if any.
Some apartment complexes and condo units have certain utilities included.
Purchase renter’s insurance
This is an absolute must if you’re moving into a rental property. Renter’s insurance protects your belongings in the event that something unfortunate happens, such as a break-in, flooding, or fire.
Hire professional movers
Everyone thinks they want to handle the challenge of moving into a rental … until the day is actually there. From navigating through tight spaces with heavy furniture to climbing up flights of stairs, it can take a physical toll on someone – thankfully, there are people who can help!
When you hire professional movers like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, you’re eliminating quite a bit of stress from your life. Our moving teams work with rental properties to understand all the rules and regulations of moving into the community, and they’re ready to handle all the tough moving associated with an apartment or condo.
Complete the move in checklist
Typically at a rental property, a landlord will present you with a moving day checklist that you’re required to complete and give back to them. This document requires you to go through the property and ensure everything is in working order and that there are no damages prior to you moving in.
If you see anything that is out of place or needs to be fixed, be sure to write it down so that you aren’t charged for the repair in the future.
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