7 Tips Before Moving Into Your Apartment
You finally found the apartment of your dreams with and you’re ready to move in and make it your home. The excitement and stress of the moving process can be overwhelming but before you jump into your next apartment lease, you need to cover a few basic tasks to make sure your new home transition is stress free and relaxing.
1. Do a Walk-Through
Before you sign your lease or move into your new apartment, do a thorough walk through of the unit and note any damages or blemishes. If you record these and report them to your landlord prior to moving in, they can’t hold you liable for these issues.
2. Review the Lease
Review your entire lease before signing it. Your lease may contain a provision or stipulations that you’re not okay with (ex: no pets, not being able to run a business out of your residence, only one parking spot, etc.) that you need to know before you start your occupancy.
Oftentimes, landlords can be flexible with you, but some apartment complexes have hard and fast rules such as no pets. Find out what those showstoppers are and figure out if this will fit your future lifestyle.
3. Get Everything in Writing
It isn’t real until it’s in writing. It doesn’t matter if your landlord gives you their word that they won’t hold you responsible for the huge whole in your wall. If you sign your lease without an verbiage stating that, they could hold you liable for it and cite the fact that there’s nothing in writing mentioning the hole in your apartment.
Not every landlord is out to get you but there have been plenty of cases where a “he said she said” situation took place. To avoid this, just get everything in writing.
4. Demand Repairs
You deserve to live in a fully functioning and habitable rental unit. That includes running water, proper HVAC systems, 4 walls and a roof with no holes exposing you to the outside.
Landlords are legally required to make repairs, but you have to bring it up to their attention. They are allocated a certain response time so the sooner you let them know, the sooner the clock starts to get you a fully repaired and functioning apartment.
5. Create a Good Relationship with Your Landlord
Your landlord holds the keys to your home. Literally. They have a spare key so that they can access the apartment to make repairs or in emergency situations. They also hold the keys to responding to your requests in a timely manner.
If you have a great relationship with your landlord, they’re more likely to respond quickly and do a good job on whatever you ask. Be kind to them and they’ll be kind to you.
6. Purchase Renter’s Insurance
Your landlord’s insurance policy will not cover your belongings in the event of a break-in or damage. You should get a renter’s insurance policy to cover everything you have as well as provide you liability protection in case someone hurts themselves in your apartment due to negligence or carelessness.
7. Read the Reviews
Read the reviews of your apartment complex before moving in. You can get a lot of great tips and information about the community from prior and current tenants.
If you're using an apartment locator, such as Military Apartment Locator, they should do this for you so that you don't pick an apartment that has multiple negative reviews. Find out what others are saying so that you're not surprised after you move in.