I'm going to be moving out at the end of the summer for school and I am thinking about moving to an apartment a province away from where I am now. I've obviously have never moved without my parents before so this is kinda foreign to me. I'm wondering how close to the date of the move should I be looking at apartments and contacting the people I'll be renting from.
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I work in a leasing office right now for two apartments in my city.
You want to start looking now just to get an idea about pricing and what everything will cost you. If you look too late you could be unprepared with a lot of expenses. As about application fees, reservation fees, and deposits. Also ask about what they look at when qualifying applicants.
Also check crime reports from the local police offices. Help narrow down safe neighborhoods.
About a month prior to your move in date start contacting the properties that you liked the most. You will be able to get a quote on the place and you might get some move in or summer specials.
Now you have your apartment, lease signed and dues paid. The first thing you want to do is take pictures of EVERY INCH OF THE APARTMENT before you move anything in. Also make sure to mark everything on the move in sheet and get a copy of it and the lease.
With the pictures make sure you use a disposable camera and get them developed at a place that will show the time and date stamps on it. Just in case, it is better to document everything than to get screwed over. That's what happened in the last place I rented because neither my husband nor I knew to do any of this yet. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to post stuff as I remember more.
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