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First-time Renter Advice

 

Before you begin your search, you may want to decide whether you want your apartment run by a private landlord or a management company. There is an important distinction. A private landlord might be hoping to get rich quickly from their commercial real estate investment. Read more...

 

You may need to consider getting a roommate to share expenses. Think about your friends first. Is there someone you already know with whom you would consider living? This is an important decision and one that shouldn't be made too quickly. Read more...

 

Once you are ready to make a commitment to a specific apartment and community, you will be presented with a lease agreement. The lease is a legal document that is binding for both the resident and landlord. You can view the standard lease agreement used in your state here on our website. Read more...

 

You will be required to put down a security deposit that is roughly equal to one or two months' rent. This will be held by the property manager and applied to the cost of repairing any damages to the apartment. After deducting the proper amount to cover damages and repairs, the remainder of the security deposit is refundable when you move out of the apartment. Read more...

 

Before you move in, it is required that you obtain renters' insurance. This is a special insurance policy that protects the contents of your apartment from loss or damage due to fire or theft. A policy of this type is really quite affordable, and premiums are calculated based upon the value of your furniture and other personal possessions. Read more...

 

Before moving in, you will want to give some thought to furnishing your apartment. The most important component is having a good bed. After that, consider hunting for furniture and supplies at garage or yard sales, thrift stores, and the attic or basement of close relatives! Read more...

 

You have found your perfect apartment, completed the paperwork, and have a move-in date in mind now it's time to locate a moving company. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Unless you choose to pay for the expensive packing service, you will be responsible for packing everything yourself. Read more...

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