Considering moving into a new apartment? Smart move! The apartment lifestyle boasts a myriad of unique benefits. Living in an apartment is affordable, residents don’t have to worry about making their own household repairs, and short-term leases provide flexibility. Whether you’re moving into your first ever apartment or are an avid renter, there are a few essential things you should remember to do (and avoid doing) when securing and transitioning into a new apartment. Below, our property management company, Contemporary Management Concepts, LLLP, shares the dos and don’ts of renting an apartment!
Do Inspect The Apartment On Move-In Day
Upon moving in, residents are typically allowed to inspect their apartment for any glaring flaws, problems, or damages and report them to the management for repair. As a rule, get this done sooner rather than later. We know move-in day is hectic, and the last thing anyone wants is another item on their to-do list, but inspecting your apartment right away is to the benefit of both you and the property’s manager. Damages and flaws will be easier to spot without furniture in the way. Not to mention, wait too long, and you may find yourself responsible for paying apartment damages that weren’t your fault.
Do Consider Living With A Roommate
Everyone loves saving money, and one of the best ways to cut costs while living in an apartment is by having a roommate. Splitting monthly installment costs will save you some serious dough. Plus, find the right roommate, and it’ll feel like you’re saving money by having a long-term sleepover with a friend. Living with a roommate is a real win-win situation. Just be sure to watch out for any red flags during the roomie search.
Are you a student looking for some help finding a roommate? Many of our Gainesville student apartments, such as The Courtyards, provide convenient roommate matching services designed to match residents with compatible roomies.
Do Get Renters Insurance
Renters insurance is intended to protect you from the unexpected. In the unfortunate event of a break-in, fire, flood, etc., renters insurance can cover the costs of any stolen or damaged items. Furniture, technology, clothing, and other valuables would be expensive to replace on your own, and having those items covered can provide peace-of-mind as well as financial security when it matters most. Additionally, renters insurance can aid in paying for medical bills should someone be injured within your apartment. No matter how you cut it, renters insurance is a wise investment.
Don’t Activate Utilities Immediately
Many people are eager to get moved-in to their new place, which includes getting their utilities up and running. While eagerness is a powerful motivator for a swift and efficient move, being overeager may end up costing you. Don’t bother activating the utilities in your new apartment until move-in day. After all, who wants to pay for something they aren’t even using? Save yourself the extra cash by waiting until it’s absolutely necessary to turn on your utilities.
Don’t Undertake Any Major Renovations
One of the most exciting aspects of moving into a new apartment is getting to decorate it in your personal style. However, don’t expect to make any significant renovations to the unit without the express permission of the property manager, else you risk forfeiting a sizable chunk of your security deposit. Leaving large holes in drywall, painting cabinets or walls, and making other considerable renovations are generally restricted by apartment communities unless tenants commit to changing things back before moving out. Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of ways to decorate apartment walls without paint. Check out some of our recommended rental-friendly wall covering solutions!