As everyone with experience knows, moving is a huge and hectic process. It takes a lot of time, thought, and effort to move into an apartment. You probably know moving basics, but here are 4 things to remember when moving into an apartment.
Most people have a lot of stuff. Clothes and furniture are just the beginning of it, which is why using movers ensures it all arrives safely inside our new home. For certain apartment buildings, movers must provide management with a building certificate of insurance. It’s important to check with your apartment management or leasing staff and your movers beforehand so you don’t get stuck paying for movers who aren’t allowed inside! The purpose of insurance is movers damage anything you won’t have to pay out of pocket.
A lesser known caveat of a lease is having renters’ insurance. When signing your lease it’s important to be aware of what renters insurance is and how much it will cost. The general purpose is protection for your stolen valuables and protection to the building if a tenant causes a flood or fire. Read your lease carefully as it will detail out the coverage amounts required by the management company or owner.
In some rental buildings it’s necessary to reserve the elevator in advance for a couple reasons. First, you may not be allowed to move in on the weekends and reserving will prevent this big mistake. Second, most people are moving within the same few days at the very end or beginning of the month and it can get hectic waiting for the elevator. This is an inconvenience for both current tenants and all parties trying to move in and out of the building. Management will strive to minimize this overlap by scheduling moves dispersed at different times of day. Whatever the case, make sure to check before moving in!
Our last piece of advice is know how much stuff you have and how much storage you have in your new place. Your apartment building may have storage space for an additional fee.
Don’t wait until you move in to assess the quantity, as you may have to sign a storage agreement with your lease upfront. You should also factor that cost into your monthly rent.