Could the flat be where it’s at? If you ask the millennial generation, the answer comes back a resounding, “Yes.” According to research from Business Insider, more and more millennials are embracing the idea of living lease to lease. But although rentals may be more conducive to the freewheeling millennial lifestyle, moving into a rental is not all fun and games. There are some aspects of renting that involve serious consideration.
At Moving Squad, we’ve moved a lot of South Floridians into rental properties, and we’ve moved just as many of them out. As a result, we feel we may have some valuable insight into how the rental process works and how to make it work to your advantage. Here are a has a few tips that can help you ease your way into a sweet lease.
Before Moving into A Rental Property
Before you tie your destiny to the first available rental, take a few steps to make sure you’ve got the creature comforts in place.
Arrange for a walkthrough and bring a camera
If possible, arrange to take a walkthrough of the property to locate any damages before you move in. Capture them on camera or video and include provisions for repairs on the rental agreement or on a separate document signed by you and your landlord.
Be Careful About Paying in Advance
A fool and his money are soon parted. Keep that in mind before you make a payment on your South Florida rental before you decide to move into the unit. According to Florida laws, a tenant who pays in advance and then decides that he or she does not the apartment may not be entitled to a refund.
Make Sure You Understand the Contract
When it comes to signing rental agreements, what you don’t know can hurt you. If there is anything in the contract you don’t understand, don’t sign it.
After Moving into a Rental
Now that the place is yours, it’s time to get jiggy with it. Here are some tips on making your rental a place to come home to.
Make Sure the Utilities Are Working
A rental is not a home until the utilities are working. Check the lights, gas, and thermostat as soon as you’re on the property. If you set up your utilities ahead of time, they should be turned on by your move-in date.
Groceries, Internet, and Cable
Ice cream in the freezer, toothpaste in the bathroom, and a functional computer in the living room. What more could you need to make your rental complete? Pick up some essentials at the grocery and get the Cable and Internet guy to set up your cable and router ASAP. Then, think about buying something comfortable to sit on.
Update Your Renter’s Insurance
Renter’s insurance covers tenants in worst-case scenarios, otherwise known as ‘covered perils,’ such as break-ins, theft, or visitor injury. Your policy will typically cover:
- The cost to replace or repair your belongings, if lost or damaged
- The cost of repairs if you accidentally damage someone else’s property.
- Additional living expenses, such as the cost of hotel rooms in case your rental is rendered unhabitable.
Moving into a Rental with Moving Squad
At Moving Squad, we understand that renting offers the freedom to move without anything holding you back: not an outrageous moving bill, and not a tiresome moving process. That’s why we work to make moving in or out of your rental the carefree experience that it should be.
In our over 50 years of experience, we’ve learned to anticipate the diverse needs of our South Florida customers. That includes professional packing, efficient transportation, reliable storage, and sometimes just a little reassurance that we’re taking care of you. Count on Moving Squad to handle your end to end moving needs and keep you informed and updated every step of the way.
Packing: Gentle enough to treat your delicate belongings with the greatest of care, yet strong enough to get a solid wood dresser down a flight of stairs, our moving team makes quick work of the packing process. They’ll bring the packing materials to your door on moving day and will pack as little or as much as you want them to.
Storage: When you’re moving into a rental, a good storage facility can be indispensable. At Moving Squad, we have state of the art, clean, climate-controlled, spacious storage units available for long and short-term storage.
Express Pack: For super speedy delivery, ask about our patented Express packs. Designed to get you into your condo or home at the speed of light, without doing damage to your hallway, doors, or elevators, our express packs keep your belonging safe while saving you money.
So, is the flat where it’s at? With Moving Squad, we make moving into a rental easy, affordable, and accessible. Call us today for a free rate quote, and we’ll get you moving in the right direction.