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Top 5 things to consider before moving into a rental

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As we continue to make our way through the spring and into summer, the busy moving season continues to ramp up as more homes get listed to buy or rent.

Many rental property leases expire in the spring or summer months which can be an exciting time as you look for a new place, but it does come with a unique set of challenges and things to remember.

You aren’t dealing with mortgages and home repairs, but you are dealing with landlords, renter’s insurance, deposits, and leasing agreements.

Thankfully for you, we’re experts in rental property moving and have been moving people in and out of them for more than three decades. We‘ve put some of our best tips together to help you prepare for your next rental property move!

Do your research

Regardless of where you plan to move, the first step should always be determining what you want in your next living quarters and how long you’d like to live in your next rental..

Be sure you’re comfortable with the area you’re choosing to move to, the price of your rental property, and the amenities that do or don’t come with it. Generally, it’s a good idea to tour a rental property and ask all of your questions prior to signing a lease, too.

What are you paying for?

You want to know where your money is going, right? With leases, there are usually a list of fees required at signing, including security deposits, a month’s rent in advance, or paying for additional appliances you’ve requested. Sit down with the leasing office and ensure you have a clear understanding of what you need to pay for before signing anything.

Ask questions

On that same note, don’t be afraid to ask the leasing office questions about anything that comes up as you prepare to sign your lease. Have them review your entire leasewith you and explain anything that stands out clearly so you have a solid understanding of what you’re locked into.

Set up utilities before moving in

After you have signed a lease and determined your moving date, be sure to contact the utility companies you’ll need to pay for to get setup in advance of your moving date so everything is ready when you move in.

Purchase renter’s insurance

This is an absolute must when renting. Whether there’s a break in, a flood, or a fire, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered should anything happen.

Complete a move in checklist

Once move in day arrives and you start moving belongings into your new home, the landlord will provide you with some type of move in checklist to assess the current state of your rental property. Be sure to go around and examine everything to check for any damages or things missing and write them down so you aren’t charge for it at a later date.

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What to expect when moving into a rental property

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This is a guest blog post from Avail.co

Are you moving into a rental property? From signing your new lease to getting settled in your new home, we know just the right steps to take to help you navigate the move-in process.

Follow along with these helpful tips on what to look out for as you move into a new rental property this summer!

Sign a lease

Be sure to review your lease completely, paying close attention to the rent price, security deposit, move-in fee, and lease dates. You’ll also want to read the clauses and rules to make sure everything looks good.

If you have any questions about the lease, you should ask your landlord before signing. It’s better to ask questions up front rather than sign a legal document you’re not sure about. And remember, it’s standard for tenants to sign the lease first. 

Pay first month’s rent and your deposit

Typically, your landlord will ask you to pay first month’s rent after signing the lease and before you move in. Landlords want to make sure you’ll be able to pay on time before handing over the keys.

Schedule professional movers

Professional movers are the safest option when it comes to moving your belongings. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, there are trained professionals who will take care of your belongings as you move. They guarantee your belongings won’t be damaged, and your landlord will appreciate the apartment will also not be damaged during the move. They’re experts at moving furniture without scratching walls or surfaces because they’re properly trained moving professionals who have all the necessary equipment to make your move safe and efficient.

Want to be prepared? Read these tips for your upcoming move. 

Switch your utilities

If your current and new home have the same utility provider, then you can schedule to transfer service to your new address on your move date.

You can also set up utilities quickly if you use a service like My Utilities. 

Complete move-in inspection checklist

Landlords often require that you fill out a move-in inspection checklist. If you paid a security deposit, then it’s in your best interest to fill one out with your landlord even if he or she doesn’t initiate it.

In the checklist, you’ll mark existing damage in the rental. When you move out, you’ll fill out the same checklist to show what damage is new versus pre-existing. Your landlord should not charge you to repair any damage that was already there.

Enjoy your new home

Finding a new property and moving in are the tough parts. Next, you’ll unpack and settle into your new home! Here are some ongoing tips to keep in mind as a renter:

  • Treat the place as your home (taking care of the rental goes a long way with your landlord)
  • Pay rent on time
  • Submit maintenance tickets as needed

Next steps

Read more about important steps to take after you move in.

At Avail, we empower responsible tenants with online tools, education, and customer service to support them in their rental experience. Learn how you can pay rent online with Avail. 

Nine questions to ask your landlord before moving in

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This is a guest post from Avail.com

There’s a lot on your mind when you’re preparing for a move, from what day you can move in to when you’ll receive your keys, where the moving truck can park, and more.

To ensure you’re as prepared as possible, and have as many moving day details to make it a stress-free and efficient day, it’s important to ask your landlord these nine questions ahead of time.

#1 What day can I move in?

It’s best to check with your landlord about what day you’re able to move in. That way, you are both on the same page and you can schedule professional movers ahead of time. It’s recommended to reach out and book your movers as soon as possible, even as early as one month out from the date you’d like to move.

#2 What will you do to prepare the unit before I move in?

Most landlords clean and re-paint in between tenants. We recommend finding out what your landlord plans on doing ahead of time, so you know what condition the place will be in when you move in.

#3 Were the locks changed?

In some locations, it’s a legal requirement for landlords to change the locks in between tenants. Even if it’s not a legal requirement, you can still request that your landlord changes the locks if you prefer.

#4 When will I get my keys?

Of course, you’ll need to know when you can pick up your keys to access your unit for move-in day! We recommend coordinating with your landlord to find out where and when you can pick up your keys. You may want to ask if there are other people who have a copy of the key, or access to your unit.

#5 What doors/elevators should I use? And where can I park my moving truck?

Your landlord will know the best place for your moving truck to be, whether it’s in an alley, on the street, or in a truck dock (at a larger building). You can also find out if there are service elevators for you to use. Be sure to make arrangements for parking and service elevators prior to your movers’ arrival.

#6 What do I do in the case of a lockout?

Before moving in, it’s best to know the lockout procedure. Is there an extra key on site in a lockbox? Is there a 24/7 emergency lockout company you should call? Your landlord will likely have a way for you to remedy the situation, and having this information may come in handy down the road.

#7 Is there a move-in checklist for me to complete?

It’s best practice to fill out a move-in checklist. You’ll mark any existing damage on move-in day. That way, when you move out, you can show the landlord that the damage was already there. This is helpful if you want to receive your full security deposit at the end of the lease.

You can also check to ensure you have all the proper moving essentials, here.

#8 How do I pay first month’s rent?

Typically, landlords expect first month’s rent before you move in. It’s usually a requirement before he or she will hand over a key to you. Make sure you know how to pay rent and when it’s due so you get your keys on time.

#9 What utilities am I responsible for?

You’ll want to set up your utilities before you move in. Gas, electricity, and internet are utilities you’ll want immediately. If you’re responsible for setting these up, your landlord should let you know which companies to reach out to. If not, we recommend asking your landlord for more information.

Next steps

You’ve asked your landlord these questions, and found out your move-in date, so the next step is setting up professional movers. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is here to help.

If you’d like to pay rent online, tell your landlord about Rentalutions. You can set up automatic payments, so you don’t have to remember each month. Learn more about Rentalutions below.

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At Avail, our end-to-end software empowers tenants and landlords. As a tenant, you can complete a rental application, sign your lease online, pay rent online, and manage maintenance all in one place. Thousands of landlords and tenants across the country use our platform to streamline the rental process. Learn more here.

11 important steps to take after you move into a rental property

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This is a guest blog post from Avail.com

Finding a new apartment and moving in is a lot of work. Once you’re moved in, you’re not done yet! We’ve compiled a few tips to get you up to speed on the moving process, and settled in nicely in your new apartment.

#1 Make sure all utilities are working

As soon as you’re in the property, make sure the electricity and gas are working. Turn the lights on and off, and double check the stove works.

It’s also important to check that your thermostat is working. Depending on the season, you’ll need access to air conditioning or heat.

If you set up your utilities ahead of time, they should be turned on in time for your move date. Anything that’s not working should be addressed sooner rather than later.

#2 Complete move-in checklist

Your landlord should provide you with a move-in checklist. The checklist helps you document the condition of the unit when you move in, and note if there’s existing damage (scratches on the floor, chips in the paint, etc.). You should thoroughly check the areas listed on the checklist and document anything you see, ensuring you’re not blamed and/or charged for damage that was already there.

#3 Unpack

Next, the fun begins as you start unpacking! Getting settled in can take a long time, so it’s important to get started sooner, rather than later. If you’ve labeled your boxes and organized your belongings, it’ll be a faster and easier process.

Read this article to stay organized during your move.

#4 Tell your landlord about any maintenance problems

As you’re settling in, you might notice maintenance issues. For example, maybe the dishwasher isn’t working, or the intercom system to buzz people in isn’t working. You should keep track of anything you notice, and then inform your landlord right away.

#5 Check your new mailbox

Find out where your mailbox is located and check that your key works. You should clear out your mailbox if it’s full.

#6 Find out where the trash and recycling is located

If you’re in a high-rise, you should find out where your trash chute is located. Otherwise, you’ll want to find out where the nearest trash and recycling bins are.

#7 Make copies of your keys

If you need extra copies of your keys, you can make duplicates at a home improvement store. Once you’ve made copies, you should make sure they work. In the case of a lockout, you may want a spare key hidden, or you can give an extra set to a family member or friend.

#8 Go grocery shopping

As soon as you move, you’ll need to stock up on groceries. Locating your nearest grocery store will be helpful as you get settled in.

#9 Set up internet and cable

Setting up internet and cable will likely require a professional to deliver and set up your router and cable box. You’ll want internet and cable right away, so you’ll want to ensure you set up these up prior to your move in date.

#10 Update your renters insurance

If you haven’t already, you should update your renters insurance for your new address if you don’t have a current plan. Renters insurance protects you from damage in the case of theft, flooding, fires, and other unfortunate circumstances.

#11 Make it your home

Lastly, we recommend settling in by decorating, checking out your new neighborhood, or cooking your first meal there. Moving is a hectic process, and at the end of a long day, you’ll want to feel settled and comfortable in your new home.

Moving into a rental can be a hectic process, but staying organized and completing these tasks will help you get settled quicker. Moving forward, you should take care of your space, pay rent on time, and report maintenance issues as they arise so you’re all set to enjoy your rental!

About Avail

At Avail, our end-to-end software empowers tenants and landlords. As a tenant, you can complete a rental application, sign your lease online, pay rent online, and manage maintenance all in one place. Thousands of landlords and tenants across the country use our platform to streamline the rental process. Learn more here.