Moving in to a new apartment can be overwhelming. Where do you even begin? There are a lot of things to consider but here at Rent.ph, we want to talk to you about the basics and from there, you can start figuring out the rest. Moving in is all about patience and organizing, and if you’re someone who struggles with both of these things, we’re glad to help you with a user-friendly guide on what to do before moving in!
- Stop, look, and listen
Before you even seal the deal, make sure you’ve checked the apartment and that it suits your liking. You wouldn’t want to blindly pay for an apartment without doing a thorough ocular inspection of the place. The guys at apartmenttherapy.com encourage you to check all the cabinets found in the rental. “So many people are too intimidated (or simply forget) to open kitchen cabinets during their initial tour,” they said. Also, it helps to check all the faucets, flushes, lights, plumbing and etc. before moving in just to make sure you’re not overlooking any serious problems. Take that into consideration and consult with your realtor should you find any problems.
2. Develop a good relationship with your landlord
You’re going to have to be in contact with this person for the entire duration of your stay. Make sure you gauge out how you feel about your landlord so that you know what to expect from them. Avoid settling deals with landlords that aren’t quite transparent with their terms and try your best to find a landlord that suits you. In the long run, it’s all about making sure you’re completely comfortable with your new apartment.
3. Checklists are your new best friend.
This is by far the easiest start to organizing. Creating a checklist makes it easier for you to keep tabs of what you need to do. There are a lot of online sources that can help you in formulating a checklist. With checklists, you can see the amount of work you need to do before moving in. For anyone who struggles with organizing, checklists are the best way to kick-start the organization process. Make sure to list down all the things you need to check in the apartment you’re about to move in and keep track of what you need to do with your belongings upon moving in.
4. Cleanliness is next to godliness
If you’re moving in to an apartment that has been leased before, make sure to change the toilet seats and disinfect the fridge (if the rental came with a fridge). People have used these amenities before you and the best way to make it feel like new is to change the necessities. Also, check if the place has any bugs that need pest control, so always consider hiring an exterminator if needed. Bottom line is, make sure you’re cleaning out your place before actually moving in.
5. Take photos
Before you move in to a new apartment, make sure to document everything. Take pictures of how the place was before you move in so you can make sure that when you move out, you have a basis of how it originally looked like. This is a great tip of ensuring you get back your security deposit since some landlords tend to take advantage of this payment (which brings us back to why developing a good relationship with your landlord is important). Make sure you know what has already been damaged and keep tabs before moving in. This will surely help you in the long run.
These are only a few of many ways of keeping track on what you need to do before moving in. It’s a stressful process but once you settle in to your new apartment it will be worth it! Take your time and prepare as best as you can so as to avoid stressing out.