Looking to Move Soon? Make Sure You Check These Things Before Moving In!
It’s an exciting time when you are looking for a new apartment. There are a variety of reasons people move, and yours could be any of them as well! Maybe it’s a new job, or relationship, or just a need to get away from an old location. Regardless of your reasoning, there are always certain things to keep in mind and look for as you search for your new apartment.
Before you can even actually start the apartment renting process, you need to get a list of things in order. You will need to think about your budget first. While many people assume all you have to worry about when renting is the monthly rent bill, this could not be further from the truth. There are so many other expenses that you must write down in order to get a full view of. Your housing expenses should not exceed one third of your income. On top of that, you have utilities such as electric and water, and expenses associated with just living to take into account. Your car is an example of one of these expenses with the car note and the cost of insurance for them. Not to mention, eating costs money as well.
When looking for a new apartment, the lease terms are crucial. It is easy for landlords to write in special rules surrounding their apartment, so it is very important to take your time reading the terms. Those terms include the length of the lease, and any other underlying bills associated with rent, like having a pet or parking in the garage. Often times, rent prices vary depending on how long the rental term is. For example, if you are only renting for three months, you can expect your rent to be a little higher than a year’s contract because those come discounted over time. Other amenities like parking may also be cheaper if you have a longer term. Do not get caught in a bad contract; let someone with legal experience look it over for you!
Be sure to check the rules at the apartment you are applying for. Some apartments allow smoking, while others do not, and still others even have rules for guests. Some of these rules restrict the amount of people you can have over at a time. The intent behind this, is to prevent people from disturbing others with loud parties. Renter’s insurance is another term that some landlords require. Be sure to check and see if this applies to you before moving in. Renter’s insurance is typically not expensive, but it is a good idea to be aware of its requirements.
Most landlords charge fees up front in order to be able to move into their apartments. This comes as a security deposit to protect the landlord against potential property damage. By having a required deposit of up to two months rent, a landlord can potentially use that money to repair any damages made by the tenant, within reason. Security deposits are quite often the butt of a dispute between tenants and landlords, as many tenants file lawsuits for them. Make sure you read the language surrounding the security deposit as an up front cost. Other amenities, such as having your dog or cat in your apartment, cost money as well. Most pet friendly apartments charge a pet fee up front, and a monthly rent for them as well.
Location is huge when it comes to making a decision as to where to live. Depending on where you work, you may want to live nearby, or in some cases further away from work. If you want to work from home, your location might depend on where your clientele is, or what city you want to socialize in. Often times people most to be closer to work, and you should take into account both your work location and your roommate or significant others, if applicable. If you choose to live in a big city, you may have difficulty finding parking, and in some cases, you will have to pay extra to have a designated space. Living in a city can also mean higher levels of crime, so be sure to research this before signing anything.
As you get closer to signing a new lease, make sure the size of the new apartment is what you want or need. If you have a lot of stuff, you may have to prioritize what you bring with you, and what you dispose of or store. Will all of your furniture fit? How big is your bed? Will you need new furniture? All of these things could essentially be a problem when it comes to moving if you do not plan accordingly. If you cannot bring your stuff, consider donating it or having a sale, then using that money to buy necessary stuff for your new home. Be sure to consider what your partner has with them as well. If you are moving in with a roommate, be mindful of the amount of space you are taking up, because that would not be fair to the other person.