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After Finding An Apartment For Rent - Tips For An Easy Move

Christine O'Kelly
Sep 16, 2008
After finding an apartment for rent, it is time to get everything packed up and moved into your new home. Moving involves much more than just boxing everything up and getting it to the new location. This is particularly true if you have chosen to rent an apartment in a different state. You will have to change your identification, contact utility companies, and several other things as quickly as you can in order to have a flawless move.

Stopping And Starting Utilities

Regardless of where the apartment for rent is located, the first step is to meet with the property manager to find out which utilities are included with your monthly rent. When you know the date you are taking over possession of the apartment and the exact address, you will want to phone the local companies to make them aware of the changeover. This way, you won't have to rent an apartment with no heat or power until the utility company can reconnect them. You also want to be sure to have the utilities turned off in the first home to prevent you from having to pay for the new tenant's utilities.

Several other services and organizations will need to be aware of your new address as well depending on the apartment for rent you have chosen. Television services are one of these businesses just be sure to talk to the property manager to find out what the building has. Sometimes this comes when you rent an apartment while some buildings do not have the hookups installed. The phone company, newspapers you subscribe to, and the postal service will also need to be notified about your move so they can start your services at your new home. Don't forget to have your addressed changed on your driver's license and other forms of identification.

Get To Know The Neighborhood

Anytime after you find the right apartment for rent, get to know the local area and the location of important businesses. These should include emergency services like the nearest hospital and other places that you will need to go to like the grocery store, the post office, schools, and laundromats. Knowing the location of emergency services is important in case something goes wrong. Knowing where other things are also helps the area feel more like home. While you are becoming familiar with your new community, take time to introduce yourself to the people who live around you and find out about local services like bus routes, where they stop, and walking paths.

Insure Your Belongings

Your personal and household items are generally not covered by the property owner's insurance when you rent an apartment. This means if there was a disaster and you lost your belongings, the insurance will not pay to replace them. Also, find out what emergency plans have been set up for the apartment building and where safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, is located. Finally, ask for a map of your escape route. Lastly, ensure you make arrangements with someone to be your emergency contact in case you can't go back to your home.

You need to do so many different things to do when you rent an apartment, things can easily be forgotten. To solve this problem, make a list of everything you need to do as soon as you have found the right apartment for rent.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly writes for Beal Property, LLC, a company with an apartment for rent in many of the finest areas of Chicago and the local area. If you are looking to rent an apartment, Beal Properties has held numerous apartments for rent along Lake Michigan for more than 80 years.
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