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 will be right for you.
Before you actually move in, make sure to inspect the apartment or home. Review the light fixtures, plumbing, and everything in between. Take note of any dings, stains, or any broken items. This is a crucial part of the move-in process as you do not want to be held responsible for any damages if you decide to move out. This also prevents any surprises on move-in day. Take photos and document everything, this will come in handy when it is time to move and help to get your deposit back.
Setup 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 all local Internet and cable providers before making a decision and make sure it fits your budget. 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 thorough clean-up before unpacking your new home. Most property owners and apartment communities will do a clean-up before you move in but it can’t hurt to be thorough. The place is completely empty – therefore, now would be an ideal time.
Before running to the store to buy things for your new home, unpack all 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.
Make sure to do another walk-through in case you missed anything. After your first day, and before all your stuff is settled, document everything again in case of movers damaging anything, you’ll have evidence to assign responsibility. Once you are settled in, get to know your neighbors and community!
Settling Into Your Community
Your community becomes a part of your home when you move into your new place; therefore, it is important to get to know the community.
Consider taking a walk around the neighborhood to be better acquainted with the area. Check out nearby restaurants and shops as well as parks and playgrounds, 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 to see what community festivals and events take place, and mark your calendar accordingly!
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
The next part of settling into your new apartment or home is getting to know your neighbors. Befriending neighbors can be useful especially in situations where you may need a helping hand. It can also help you build some great friendships.
Building relationships with your neighbors provides you with a safer community and helps you to look out for each other while creating lasting friendships.