Apartment Living with Beth: Smooth Moves
How to plan for a seamless move
Join us for a new series to bring Apartment Living wisdom, experience and expertise to you.
Apartment Living with Beth will include tips, advice and insights from Beth Kelley, Property Manager of Beulah Place. Beth has dedicated her career to the real estate/property management business as part of Oakwood Management’s Team. Oakwood has been a leader in this space for 50+ years.
Everyone knows moving can be stressful. But it certainly doesn’t need to be! Use these apartment moving tips to plan ahead for a smooth move, and you’ll be sipping a cocktail in your new space in no time.
Tip 1: Payment Preparation
Be ready with your form of payment. This includes your deposit, first month’s rent and any additional charges, such as for a pet or garage.
Tip 2: The Lease(d) You Can Do
Make sure you have a signed lease. You can do this online or in person. If you have a roommate or a grantor (co-signor), make sure to coordinate with them.
Do this ahead of time, including getting a roommate or grantor’s signature as needed. If you are paying your movers by the hour, you certainly do not want them waiting on you to read and sign your lease. All necessary signatures are needed before you can receive your key.
Tip 3: Useful Utilities
Make sure you have your utilities, cable and internet set. You will need to show proof that utilities are in your name prior to getting your key.
Call your cable and internet providers well in advance if either is important to you. Hello, wifi.
Tip 4: Ensure You’re Insured
Have your renters’ insurance set. Again, you will need to show proof of insurance before receiving your key. Most require a $100,000 minimum insurance policy and your apartment complex as an additional insurer.
If you have specific personal belonging(s) you want to be sure are included, talk to your agent to make sure they are specifically listed.
Tip 5: Your Other Roommates
If you have a pet, make sure all the relevant paperwork is submitted in advance. You will be asked to provide a photo and veterinary record.
Your apartment complex should give you a detailed breakdown of everything owed and needed prior to your move. You will be so happy on move-in day if you have completed each item on the checklist well in advance.
Tip 6: Get Moving
Movers! Before securing a professional mover, look at reviews and ask for referrals. Make sure your movers confirm with you in the days before your expected move. If they haven’t, reach out and confirm with them.
Tip 7: DIYer Priorities
Do-it-yourself move! If you’re planning to make the move on your own, make sure you ask for help. Also consider what items you are moving and if you have any flights of stairs to consider.
Tip 8: Dotting the I’s
Once you obtain your key and open the doors to your new apartment, take a moment to review your space. Complete your “Move-In Checklist.”
If there is something wrong, it’s worth your time to address it immediately. That way, you can avoid the questions that could come weeks or months later.
Tip 9: Couch Conveyance
Coordinate the delivery of your furniture. It’s always a good idea to do this on move-in day, if possible, so long as the window works for you.
Tip 10: Coordinating That Conveyance
Coordinate delivery of furniture with your leasing office. If you cannot be available for delivery, your leasing office can be of service. Your leasing office can let movers into your unit with your permission, but they cannot sign on your behalf. So, find out the answer to these questions ahead of time and from the source you are making the purchase from:
- Do I need to be there?
- Will you need a signature?
- What is my window?
Get to know your leasing staff, the maintenance team and your neighbors. They are there to help you. A little time investment and effort now can pay huge dividends later. We will be taking a deeper dive on this topic at a later date.
Save important phone numbers (leasing office, emergency line, etc.) for easy access. Know the process for things such as online work orders and RENTCafe. Here’s wishing you a seamless and enjoyable move to your new apartment!