Posted by: phillipsre | October 29, 2013

Tips for Moving into Your First Apartment

Photo Credit: MSN.com

Photo Credit: MSN.com

This article from the Wall Street Journal, has some great advice and reminders on how to avoid pitfalls when signing you first (or fifth) lease. With any new home, whether you are buying or leasing you need to do your homework in advance. Here is a quick list of things to check and look into when hunting for a new home:

-Research the neighborhood: Make sure you feel safe in the area you are going to live in at any time of day. Drop by in the morning, mid day and especially in the evening. As mentioned in the WSJ articles, the new renters that moved in did not realize they were moving into a college/party apartment. If you want a quiet living area, make sure to check ahead. It is also a good idea to ask questions of current tenants, if you pass them in the hall while you are touring, ask questions.

– Check the plumbing, lights, and other built in fixtures: It is best to know what you are getting into ahead of time, test the water, flush the toilet, check under the sinks for leaks. Make sure everything is working to your standard before you move in and if it is not, make sure it gets fixed.

– Take Pictures: Another tip from the article, before you move in to the apartment on moving day before the boxes and furniture are brought through the door, do a complete inspection. Most landlords will do this with you. But in addition to marking it down on your move in report, take photos. Most everyone has a smart phone in their pocket – put it to work and take photos so you know what exactly that small dent/scratch/nick looked like when you moved in, so you are not charged for it when moving out.

Other good reminders: Make sure to read your lease (in full), ask about utilities (what is & is not included), invest in renters insurance – these tips and more are included in this article that will help first time renters make moving in a smooth transition.

Moving is a lot of work, but when you find just the right place it is certainly worth the hunt. If you are currently in the market for a new rental, check out our properties for rent.

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