6 Steps to Take When You Move Into a Rental Home

Moving into a new rental home can be a hectic time. Having a list of things you need to accomplish when moving into your home can help you stay organized. Below are six things to do when moving into a new rental home.

1. Take Pictures of Everything

When you vacate your rental property, you will be liable for any property damage. However, you want to avoid being held accountable for anything wrong with the property when you moved in. Use your camera to take photos of your apartment when you move in.

Pay close attention to any scuff marks or nail holes on the walls, carpet stains, appliance damage, and other things that are clearly wrong. The time and date stamp on the picture file will show that these pictures originated from when you moved into the house, should your landlord ever have questions about when you took the photos.

2. Try Appliances, Lights and Fixtures, Report Problems

Test out all appliances and light fixtures, switches, and gadgets that come with the apartment, and report any problems you’ve detected to your landlord. Test the thermostat to ensure that your heat and air conditioning are working.

Try the shower to ensure the bathtub or shower tub drains appropriately. If you discover any problems, contact your landlord or property manager immediately to ensure that they address them quickly before they inconvenience you.

3. Update Your Renters Insurance Policy

Renter’s insurance is a low-cost way to protect your belongings in a disaster like a fire. If you already have renter’s insurance, update your policy to ensure your belongings are covered in your new apartment. If you still need to get renter’s insurance, contact an insurance agent in your area to get a policy. You’d be surprised by how inexpensive renter’s insurance is, and if anything ever happens to your apartment, you’ll be happy to have the protection.

4. Get Groceries

Now is the time to stock up on food. While unpacking, you’ll need easy-to-eat high-protein snacks, like cheese sticks, peanut butter on crackers, granola, and boiled eggs. Get groceries that you can snack on while you’re going through the process of moving into your new apartment.

5. Buy Window Treatments

Measure the windows and buy window treatments if they’re not already included in the apartment. You’ll want window treatments soon after moving to have privacy from your neighbors.

6. Unpack

Once you’ve moved in, it’s time to unpack. When you pack, identify your essentials in your essentials box and unpack those boxes first. You can set your less important boxes aside for later. Once your clothes, furniture, television, pots, and pans are unpacked and assembled correctly, you can unpack less critical things.

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