There’s no question that moving can be stressful. You
have to make some important decisions and usually don’t have all that much time
to make them, not to mention the physical chore of packing up every single
belonging, transporting them to somewhere new, then unloading and unpacking
them. While every aspect of moving isn’t going to be fun, if you prepare and
ask the right questions you can greatly reduce the stress levels and maybe even
enjoy certain parts of the process!
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you, then apply
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off our wonderful features and apartments!
What’s your price range?
While it’s true that you get what
you pay for, you also don’t want to spend the majority of your paycheck on rent
with not much left over for other costs. There’s a good chance you already have
an idea of how much you want to spend on monthly rent, but sitting down and writing
a budget is a good exercise to do to ensure you don’t accidentally break the
bank, or on the flip side maybe you can afford more than you realize! First
figure out how much you take home every month, then make a list of all your
monthly expenses without rent. Some of those numbers will be easy to find,
since a phone bill is typically the same month to month, but for other items
like clothing, entertainment, and groceries, take a look at your previous
months’ bank and credit card statements to get an average number. Then play
around with the numbers and figure out what percentage of the rest you want to
put toward rent versus savings. Don’t forget other costs, too, that may or may
not be included in the rent like heat/gas, electricity, water, and
What are your needs and wants?
As you’re thinking about what
you’d like to spend each month on rent you should also consider what your needs
and wants are. This list should include both inside and outside the apartment,
as well as the overall neighborhood. You can start large by determining if you
want more of an urban, downtown city feel or if you’d prefer something more
laid back in the suburbs. As you narrow down your prospects you can drive
around the neighborhood to get a firsthand feel, or even type in the address
into Google Maps and zoom out to see the local businesses, grocery stores, shops,
and entertainment around. As far as the apartment itself is concerned, you
should distinguish between your wants and needs. For example, you may not want
to pay an extra $200/month for the apartment with wood flooring, but you’d pay
any additional amount for in unit-laundry so you don’t have to lug your dirty
clothes to and from a laundromat or down the hall every week or two.
How long are you willing to commute each
In addition to the overall neighborhood, you should think about your commute. We Midwesterners don’t typically mind
driving everywhere, but are you actually willing to make that 45+ minute drive
both ways every single day? Again Google Maps can be your friend, as you can
enter both the to and from address and it will calculate average drive times
for any time of the day. You can even drive it yourself to test it out if you’d
like. For those who work from home you may not be as worried about drive time,
but you will want to ask about the connectivity situation to make sure your home
internet will be fast enough for your needs. Some apartment communities also
offer coworking spaces so you don’t have to pay for overpriced coffee to get
out of the house for free WiFi.
What are policies that will apply to you?
This list is in no way
exhaustive, and some of these questions may not apply to you, however, you
should know the answers to questions like this before signing a lease:
What is the pet policy, including fees and
deposits, and are there breed, weight, or other restrictions?
When is rent due and how do I pay it?
Can I decorate the apartment with paint or
What’s the parking situation?
What are the quiet hours, and when are the pool,
fitness center, and other community areas open?
Do I get any visitor passes?
What happens if I need to break my lease?
Do you have any recommended companies for renter’s
insurance, cable and internet, or other additional services?
What utilities are and aren’t included?
How am I planning on moving?
Hopefully you gave yourself
plenty of time and you can get a game plan together so you’re not packing
everything all at once. No matter how organized you typically are, it’s a good
idea to set a goal to pack so many boxes per day, or even aim for one room per
week. As you’re packing make sure to label all boxes with the room as well as
the contents, and pack in reverse order from when you’ll need the items. You’ll
also need to decide how you want to get everything from point A to point B. For
example, if you have a lot of heavy furniture and are only moving across town it
may be worth it to hire professional movers for the afternoon. If you’re moving
farther or only have a few pieces of furniture you may be able to save some money
by renting a box truck and cashing in some of the IOUs from friends.
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