Moving into an apartment is no easy feat. No matter your reason, there are many things you need to know before moving into an apartment for the first time.
This guide explains what you should know before moving into an apartment. Read on to get informed.
Contact Your Old (and New!) Landlord
Communication is key for any relationship, and that also goes for the one you have with your current landlord. Make sure you reach out to them and let them know that you will be leaving. Your old landlord can then make arrangements with you about expectations for checkout and turning keys in.
You also need to talk to your new landlord! They need to know what day you plan on moving in, and you need to know when you can grab your keys. You can also ask move-in day questions about where to park your moving truck and how to pay the first month’s rent.
Purchase Renters Insurance
Renters insurance is a key part of renting an apartment. You want to make sure your items are insured in case there is a fire, burglary, or anything else unfortunate.
Renters insurance is typically very cheap. You can purchase it for around ten dollars or less!
Don’t Forget to Get Utilities Set Up
Getting your utilities set up is of utmost importance. You don’t want the day you move into your apartment to consist of you on the phone trying to get your electricity and water turned on. These need to be turned on in advance.
Your new landlord may cover utilities like trash and even water, but you will need to set up electricity, gas, and internet. Make sure you know how to keep your bills for utilities down too.
Tell USPS Your Address Changed
This one needs to be at the top of your list. Alerting USPS to an address change can save you from the trouble of tracking down missing mail (or perhaps never receiving that mail at all).
Don’t worry: it is easy to do! You can go online to the USPS website to change your address.
Pack and Purchase
You need to pack your belongings obviously! As you pack, take time to try and declutter what you own. The less you need to move, the better. Moving is a great excuse to get rid of old items or junk you don’t need anymore.
That said, it is also a great time to purchase new furniture or items you may need for your new apartment. Make a list of what you need before you go out to buy it!
Moving into an Apartment Isn’t Easy
Moving into an apartment isn’t easy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, by following this guide, you will have a good head start before you begin renting an apartment.
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