Posts Tagged ‘Moving In’

The Apartment Dweller’s Moving Checklist

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So you’ve found a new apartment, signed the lease, and now you’re ready to prepare for the dreaded move. To make that move less daunting, be sure to use a moving checklist such as this one. Using a moving list will help you prepare for your move, and will help to ensure that nothing is […] read more

Apartment Move-In Inspection Tips

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When you move into a new apartment, it's up to you to inspect your new home. When you do an inspection, you're looking for specifics: Is there any damage to the apartment that is there before you move in? You don't want to get penalized for something you didn't do. read more

What to Pack in Your “First Night” Bag

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Moving can be such a crazy time -- it is so easy to forget the most simple things. The old saying "If my head wasn't screwed on, I'd forget it" rings true in situations like this. Your overnight bag of essentials that you will need immediately upon move-in really should be packed ahead of time. There is nothing like arriving at your new apartment dying for a hot shower and some sleep, knowing you can only get that as soon as you find a towel and your pillow. read more

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A New Movement from Renters:

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If you turn on CNN, half the headlines you'll hear will mention the mortgage crisis and the bailouts that the U.S. government is planning for American homeowners facing foreclosures. But there are a couple of numbers that seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle: while the planned bailouts are being paid out of everyone's taxes, almost a third of Americans rent their homes. They're paying into the system, but they aren't benefiting. read more

Top “Green” Moving Tips

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In the spirit of loving the earth, let's explore eco-friendly moving. Please utilize the blog feedback form below to open discussion and share your own ideas on moving without hurting the Earth. You never know who will be reading this! I would hate for you to pass up the opportunity to highlight your brilliant ideas to Oprah's producers or such who may be reading this as research for the next big show on Earth Day and is looking for guest speakers. read more

How Much Money Do You Need to Move?

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We often decide to move apartments to help improve our financial situation: for a better job or more affordable housing. Unfortunately, the process of moving always seems to be more expensive than we anticipate. The little costs we don't think about can really add up. If you want to avoid that unexpectedly low checking-account balance, it helps to make a budget as soon as you decide to move. read more

Tips for Lowering Your Monthly Rent on Move-In

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For most people, it would be unthinkable to buy a car without negotiating at the dealership. Why, then, do so few people bother to negotiate their rent? Perhaps it's because we think of our apartment rent in the same way we think of dinner out at a restaurant -- the price is simply non-negotiable. Except sometimes, rent is negotiable ... the trick is negotiating in the right way. But what's the best way to go about it? read more

Apartment Sweet Home

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When you first move into a new apartment, its bare walls and empty rooms may feel like the farthest thing from home. However, with a little creativity and hard work, you can turn this sterile space into a cozy home. Read on for tips to make your apartment the place you look forward to coming home to at the end of the day. read more

What’s a Surety Bond?

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Renting a new apartment can be a financially draining experience. Referral fees, moving costs (boxes, moving truck), furniture and decorations all add to the cost of the move. However, some states offer a way to reduce those costs in the form a surety bond. A surety bond is an alternative to a security deposit -- you pay a small upfront premium, often as little 10-15% of an equivalent security deposit. Depending on your financial resources, these bonds may be a good solution for you. Here are some ways to determine if they're right for you. read more