You may only be a renter but when you move it’s still necessary to choose an apartment, condominium or house that will give you the most satisfaction. That’s why it’s important to consider whether a rental property is low maintenance, energy efficient, comfortable and accessible to the places you need to go.
Here are some tips to help you transition to a new rental:
- Do the research – You can go about this in one of two ways. First, you can do an actual tour of the place where you want to move. If that’s not possible, then you can always go online to get more information about housing in the city or town you’re moving to.
- Figure out a rental budget – Before you decide on what kind of rental property you are interested in, look at how much money you expect to have coming to you on a monthly basis. Your rent should be no more than 30 to 35% of your total income.
- Look over the property – If you can, it’s wise to investigate the area where you plan to move. You may also want to check the neighborhood and surrounding locale, especially if you have children.
- Choose a home you can easily manage – You may love the idea of moving into a large space, but is that really practical? Larger living spaces usually mean larger expenses for you.
- Prepare your home before moving in – Before you begin unloading your belongings, make sure to clean your new living space. If you find things that need to be fixed, tell your landlord so that he or she can make the necessary repairs.
- Read your contract and know your rights and responsibilities – When you know the rules governing the place where you’ll be living, you’re much less likely to have a problem when renting. Staying aware of the federal laws that cover tenant/landlord relationships is also a good idea.
Another way you can help yourself prepare for the rigors of relocation is by using storage facility to stash the things you don’t need right away. Lone Star Self-Storage offers clean, safe storage units in five convenient sizes and our leases are month-to-month, so you never need to worry about long-term commitments. When you’re ready to move, we’re here for you!
Call Lone Star Self Storage for valuable self-storage help when moving. (512) 444-4232.
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