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Moving can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. However, it can be even more exciting and less stressful if you plan well and ahead of time. That’s why we are giving you the best tips to make moving apartments as seamless as possible, plus a few tips on finding the best apartment deals and how to get more bang for your buck.
First things first, before you plan to go apartment hunting, make sure your credit is in good shape to get your rental application approved. Having a strong credit score also plays an important role in reducing your deposit. If credit issues prevent you from getting the apartment you want, consider delaying your apartment hunt and taking time to improve your credit, but only if you’re in a position to postpone your move. If you can wait and work on your credit, you may improve your chances of getting approved with a lower deposit. A few months or a year of making on-time payments, paying off delinquent accounts, and paying down debt can help strengthen your credit score. The smartest way to improve your credit if you already rent is with RentReporters. RentReporters can add up to 2 years of past rent payments to your credit file.
Landlords offer special discounts to attract new customers. You will find different types of move-in specials depending on your location and building of choice. Below are some examples:
It’s entirely possible to get discounted rent with a move-in special. Always be on the lookout for apartments with move-in specials, extending, sometimes up to two months free. There could be an even bigger discount!
Security deposits can be a significant expense to add to your apartment hunt. One month’s rent is a typical security deposit, but it can sometimes cost up to three months’ rent. However, finding a half-off option or other discounted security deposits is possible.
This type of deal is prevalent. Application fees tend to be around $35-$75. This can add up quickly, especially if you apply for multiple apartments.
Landlords prefer to have tenants for the long term to avoid the stress of trying to rent an apartment over and over again. Therefore, signing a longer lease can cut down the cost of the monthly rent.
Now that we have established that having a good credit score and finding move-in specials can help make moving apartments less stressful and more helpful, let’s get into those moving tips:
One of the best things you can do first is to put together a timeline of when you’ll need to complete things. This timeline should include the following:
Start a home inventory list of what you own and can and can’t use in your new place. For example, can you bring your older kid’s crib to the new house? Or is it time to let go of that old sofa? Write a detailed packing list starting with each room of your apartment. For instance, if looking at your master bedroom feels overwhelming, break it down by section, starting with your nightstand. You’ll then begin to understand what you have and what you need or what you can donate.
Having all the necessary supplies before decluttering and packing can be a massive help in making your move easy. This can include the basics such as cardboard boxes of all sizes, packing tape, tape gun, permanent markers, mattress cover, trash bags, furniture pads, bubble wrap and labels for fragile items, packing peanuts, and wardrobe boxes. Once you have this, you can bring your packing list and begin packing!
This is one of the most critical steps in the moving process, so make sure to transfer your utilities to your new apartment. Make sure to turn off utilities at your current apartment the day after you move out and turn on the utilities at your new place the day before you move in if possible. This includes water, electricity, sewer, and gas. You’ll also want to find cable and internet providers in your new area or move your current service to the new address if possible, order service, and schedule your installation appointment. Don’t delay this as slots fill up fast, and you don’t want to find yourself without internet in your new home.
There are a few steps to take when updating your address once you move. See the list below:
Deciding whether to hire movers or move things yourself depends on your budget, distance to your new home, the complexity of the move, and your preferences. There are pros and cons to both; check them out below:
Moving into a new apartment is an exciting time nonetheless. So enjoy this new chapter and have a stress-free move! And if you want to have a great rental experience, check out 17 Things to Consider for a Better Rental Experience.