If you are getting ready to move into a new apartment, there are some definite musts that you should make sure to accomplish before you’ll be ready to carry your first load of stuff in the front door.
Consult our checklist to make sure you have taken care of all the important items that are easy to forget in the frenzy of moving into a new place.
- Sign and return your lease. Be sure to photocopy and keep a copy for yourself.
- Drop off your deposit check and first month’s rent. Your landlord will probably want to make sure those checks cash before they give you the keys.
- Pick up the keys. Make a duplicate copy for yourself immediately. Some renters prefer to use those duplicates and store the originals somewhere safe so they don’t risk losing them.
- Schedule your utility turn-ons, including water, power, gas, trash, cable and internet. Some apartments will be taking care of trash, water and maybe even a few others, so you won’t have to worry about them. But check just to make sure.
- Inspect your apartment, preferably with your property manager, or if you are renting from a private owner, your landlord. Take notes on any and all wear-and-tear, visible damage or problems that exist prior to you moving in. Photograph everything and develop or store the digital images somewhere safe so you have proof. This is necessary so that when you move out you won’t be charged for pre-existing damage.
- Figure out your parking situation. Do you have a parking pass? Garage? Covered bay? If there’s street parking only, what kind of permit will you need and what does it take to get it (some municipalities won’t issue a residential parking permit unless they have a utility bill or other proof of residence from your new address in your name)?
- Get ready to move. You’re ready to get settled in your brand new place!