If you are moving into your first apartment, there are multiple things that you should keep in mind in order to avoid any confusion and unnecessary fees. Here are some moving tips that will assist you before moving into your new apartment
If you are moving into your first apartment, there are several things that you should keep in mind in order to avoid any confusion and unnecessary fees. Here are some moving tips that will assist you before moving into your new apartment:
Moving Tip #1: Walk Through
Be sure to walk through the actual unit that you will be renting and not a model. You will want to be sure that things are as they should be with the apartment that you will actually be leasing. When doing the walk-through, ensure that all safety features, such as smoke or carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, are in good working condition. If there are any specifics that need to be fixed, make a note and get them fixed before you move in.
Moving Tip #2: Repairs
If requested repairs are not made prior to move-in, you should document in writing the items that need to be replaced or repaired, and provide a copy to the property management to be included in with your lease agreement. You should make sure to note any worn or deteriorated hardware such as faucets or pipes, broken appliances, stains or tears in the carpeting, etc.
Be aware of any repairs that you will be responsible for after signing your lease. If fixing minor problems, such as a leaky faucet, is going to be your responsibility, it will be important to document these types of pre-existing problem prior to signing your lease.
Moving Tip #3: Inspect for infestation
Check for any evidence of an insect or rodent infestation before moving into your apartment. Check inside closet doors, in corners, and under the cabinets. Report any infestation to your property manager immediately. If you haven’t signed the lease yet you might want to check on the community’s policy handling infestation. Some communities have a specific day of the month when an exterminator can visit your apartment. Don’t move in until the infestation is cleared up.
Moving Tip #4 Inspect the apartment unit
Ensure there are no chips in paint or peeling wallpaper and ensure all appliances included with the unit work properly. Take photos and document any damage or broken appliances. This will cover you when you move out and ask to have your deposit refunded.
Once you’ve finalized your lease and it’s time to move into your new place, there are also some helpful tips that will make the moving process simple:
Moving Tip #5: Organize
Get rid of what you don’t need before you move. Place ads in your local newspaper or on websites such as Craigslist and FreeCycle so that you’re not wasting time and money moving things that you no longer use. Sell or give it away for free.
Moving Tip #6: Budget
Establish and stick to your budget. If you’re working with a tight budget, you should perhaps use the assistance of an apartment locator to find your apartment. Apartment locators, like UMoveFree, will offer renters who find their next apartment by using their service a free move or $200 Cash Rebate. Don’t trust just anybody with your things. Whether you’re hiring a mover or asking friends and family to chip in and help, be sure to make sure you’re selecting a reputable source to handle your belongings.
Moving Tip #7: Packing Supplies
Save money on packing supplies by visiting your local grocers and retailers. Often you can get free boxes and other packaging materials from these locations. Also, develop a packing plan for each room of your apartment. This will help you plan the supplies that you will need before moving and help you to avoid overspending on supplies that weren’t needed.
Learn the right way to pack boxes in order to maximize space and be as efficient as possible.
The process for moving into an Irving apartment can be stressful for the unprepared renter. Make sure you’re making the most of your time and money by using these helpful tips. If you need more information on apartments in Irving or if you want to check out a review, visit UMoveFree.com
Nick Barber is a licensed real estate broker and the President/CEO of UMoveFree; one of the largest apartment finding firms in the multi-family industry. Visit UMoveFree.com for more information on Irving apartments.