Moving is always stressful, but moving into your first apartment makes things especially stressful. Young people, or even older people who have never lived in an apartment, must consider several things about apartment living before moving. Read on for tips and advice about what you should do before moving into your first apartment.
Consider Renter’s Insurance
Some renters do not even consider purchasing rental insurance. It is always a good idea to consider the value of what you have and how you would replace it if there was a fire or natural disaster. Most apartment complexes have insurance on their properties. However, this does not mean renters’ personal property is insured.
Before moving into your first apartment, speak with your landlord or property manager concerning insurance. They can tell you what is covered under most rental insurance, and they can often recommend a local insurance company that you could try. Always be sure to shop around for insurance, though. Pick at least three agencies and compare prices and coverage.
Be Respectful of Noise Rules and Ordinances
Some cities and towns require you to keep the noise level down, especially if you live within the city limits. In fact, before moving in, it’s a good idea to ask your new landlord what the noise rules are. Try to be respectful of noise ordinances. You should also be forewarned that apartment living can be especially noisy, particularly if you have people living on the floor above you.
Before moving into an apartment complex, drive around the neighborhood a few times to get a feel for how noisy or crowded the complex is. Drive around at least once during the morning, once during the day and at least once at night. Most people have leisure time during the weekends and evenings, so these are good times to judge noise levels. If you can’t cope with high levels of noise, you should search for a quieter neighborhood.
As one of the cheapest moving services in DC, we take pride in low fees, but this isn’t always the case. You must also consider the cost of moving into your new apartment. Most apartment complexes charge an application fee and a deposit fee. Some even require you to pay the first and last month’s rent up front. Speak with each potential landlord beforehand so that you know exactly what is expected in terms of fees. Many apartment complexes will also charge a pet deposit fee.
Landlords will also refuse to return your deposit if there is damage to the rental unit. Inquire about the types of damage that will require you to lose your deposit fee. Walk through your new apartment before signing your lease. Point out any pre-existing damage to the unit. This way, you won’t be held responsible for damage caused by a previous tenant.
Moving into a new apartment can be stressful. However, you can reduce stress by preparing for the move ahead of time. Visit the complex to scout out noise levels, research the fees associated with your move and consider purchasing rental insurance.