Tips on Renting your first apartment or house
What to Do before you Move
Everyone is very anxious and impatient about moving into their first apartment, but there are some steps that you should take to ensure that your first apartment experience will be a happy and lasting one.
1.Look for Apartment to rent, Close to work
2.Look to see if it is affordable
A.If it doesn't include utilities find out
how much the utilities are and add that to your rent total.
B. Take all of your bills and expenses and add that with your
Rent/utilities amount and deduct from your monthly pay.
3.If you follow the steps above and have been successful
next step is to look at the apartment and meet your future landlord.
(photos sent might be different than reality)
4.When you meet with future landlord establish amount to move in,
security deposit/ first months rent,References are usually asked from previous landlords..Some landlords will require people who are renting for the first time to get a co-signer someone who will agree to pay the rent if you do not.Also a Credit and Background check is usually done before moving in. how long of a lease-term-6mo-1yr typically should also be determined.
determine date to move in. (side note when renting in mobile home park or Condo
check with the land-owners to make sure that is in accordance with rules to rent.
5.Sign a lease and read through the lease to make sure that there isn't anything there that you are unsure of what it means if you are ask landlord to clarify.
6. After signing lease you are ready to move into your new apartment.
7.TIme to call U-haul. Call the light department have them put the lights in your name I would call them 2 days before you move, with Telephone or Cable usually takes longer. Also set up your heating oil delivery company in advance, if not provided with rent.
Tips to remember
1. Your landlord cannot come into your apartment without 24 hour notice.
2. Your landlord has to fix all repairs in your apartment in a timely fashion.
3. The landlord has to put your security deposit that you paid to him in escrow account to draw interest, until you move and if their are no damages done to the apartment the security deposit is returned to you.
Happy Renting Everyone and good Luck
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