By: Deborah Done
Moving can be a very stressful time. In fact, it’s listed as one of the top seven stressors in a lifetime. The goal is to minimize that stress as much as possible. One key is to get organized–figure out what you need, when you need it and how to get it–as quickly and conveniently as possible.
The most efficient way to accomplish this is to work with an expert. If there is an apartment locator in the city you are moving to I highly suggest you contact them prior to your visit. An apartment locator will know their city and be able to help you pin point the areas to concentrate on based on your specific requirements. They will also know all the properties and their move-in specials, pet policies, pricing and amenities.
Before contacting the locator do some research on the city and educate yourself on cost of living, areas that may be of interest to you. Put a list together of what you require in your new home. List amenities in priority of must haves and strongly desired. Do you need washer/dryer in your unit, covered parking, a fitness center? You can give the locator your information on budget, number of bedrooms, desired amenities etc. and they can put a list together of options for you to review prior to coming to view. This way you have saved precious time by eliminating properties that don’t fit the bill or aren’t available for your time frame.
Most apartments are basically alike–a living room, a kitchen, bedroom and bath. The differences may not be obvious, so look for them. Do the rooms fit your furniture? Take measurements of your furniture ahead of time so you know. Is parking included? Is there a monthly pet rent?
Budget is always a major priority and some properties may include some utility costs. Make sure you know what’s included and then research the cost of any utilities not included so you know you have stayed within your required budget. You can call the gas and electric companies to get highs and lows on a particular address so you can have an idea of what to expect for a monthly budget. Möbliertes Apartment wien boasts budget-friendly apartments that seems more than what you’ve paid for because of its elegance.
Again, so much of this leg work can be done by your apartment locator so make sure to take advantage of one when possible. Take as much of the stress out of the move and spend more time getting to know everything your new city has to offer!
Deborah is the Broker/President for Apartment Search, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. Apartment Search is a touring partner with PorchLight Rental Service. For more information on Apartment Search, Inc. go to www.apartment-search.com
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