Signed a Lease, Preparing to Move -- What's Next?
Moving into an apartment/house can be a very exciting time, as you'll have a new place to live and a new sense of freedom, as well as a different set of responsibilities. The Office of Commuter Affairs is here to assist you with this process.
To make sure your move is as smooth as possible:
Schedule a date and time to get the keys for your rental property.
Meet your landlord at your unit to get the keys so you are able to do a walk through before moving your furniture. During the walk through, take pictures or videos of the entire rental property, especially holes in the wall from pictures, carpet stains, dents in appliances, etc. You don't want to be charged for these damages when you move out.
Rent a moving truck.
Rent your truck in advance to ensure you have one for the day of your move.
Buy renters insurance.
Renters insurance provides coverage for lost or damaged items due to a fire, theft or vandalism to your rented property. It is an inexpensive way to safeguard your belongings.
Set up your utilities.
Talk with your landlord about what utilities are your responsibility and need to be set up in your name. This may include gas, water, electric, cable, internet, etc. Contact local companies ahead of time to get these services to your property by the time you move in. You may need the following to set up your utility accounts:
- Rental address
- Deposit fee
- Proof of identity (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
- Social Security Number or passport
Buy parking permits.
Be prepared by researching and, if necessary, purchasing the following in advance of your move: