Step 9Your New Rental

The Walk-Through

This may seem repetitive, but a walk-through of your rental before, during and at the lease signing is a key component of ensuring the rental is right and ready for you.

Inspect the light fixtures, plumbing, and everything in between. Document and photograph any dings, stains, or any broken items so you won’t be held responsible for these damages if you decide to move out. This also prevents any surprises on move-in day and will come in handy when help to get your deposit back.

Set Up Your New Rental

Getting everything connected can seem like a chore, but it’s not difficult!

Call the local electric, heating, and water company a few days in advance to set up these utilities. If you don’t know, ask your property owner or leasing office staff to assist you with the contact information for these companies. Ask what the typical monthly cost for the area is based on square footage and occupants. See if the companies provide plans to balance out costs during months when it is very hot or very cold. This will help reduce high costs during peak months.

Power Up Your Rental

If your property owner or apartment community does not have a preference in internet and cable providers, then contact local providers for quotes that fit your budget. Be ready to purchase or rent any equipment needed, such as a router, if the internet provider does not supply such accessories.

Clean Everything in Your Rental

Consider a deep clean before unpacking your new home. Most property owners and apartment communities will do a thorough cleaning before you move in, but it can’t hurt to do the same for peace of mind. The place is completely empty, so it is the ideal time.

Before buying things for your new home, unpack your boxes completely. This will allow you to know exactly what you do and do not have, making the assembly of your shopping list a little easier.

Do another walk-through to ensure you didn’t miss anything. After your first day, and before you’re settled in, document everything again to make sure movers didn’t damage anything. You’ll need the evidence to assign responsibility.

Settling Into Your Community

Your community becomes a part of your home when you move into your new place, so it is important to get to know your surroundings.

Take a walk around the neighborhood to get acquainted with the area. Check out nearby restaurants and shops as well as parks and playgrounds, especially if you have children. Drive around the neighborhood so that you can familiarize yourself with local stores, schools, pharmacies, and libraries. Visit local gyms or recreational facilities for various classes and check for upcoming community festivals and events you might be interested in.

Consider joining a local organization, such as a dog park (if you own a dog) or a local book club. If you want more information on your neighborhood and community events, ask your leasing office staff or property owner. Part of moving into your new home involves discovering and building a life in your new area!

Ask your apartment community or the property owner if they have special discounts negotiated with nearby locations. This is a common perk of renting.

Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Befriending neighbors can be beneficial, especially in situations where you may need a helping hand. It can also help you build some great friendships and forge a network of people who look out for each other.