Friday, March 2, 2018

Things to Check Before Moving Into a New Apartment

Diana Smith is here today to guest host and share her great ideas on what to do prior to moving into an apartment. These are some great tips! 

Moving to a new apartment is full of obstacles, and it’s never easy. Finding an apartment to live in is especially hard, but the hard work doesn’t end with taking a trip to the nearest real estate agency. You need to watch out for yourself because no one else will. Real estate agents are working for profit, and they’re not always entirely honest. That doesn’t mean that agents will lie to you. It means that they’ll simply ''forget'' to tell you about a thing or two. That’s exactly why you should visit and check any apartment personally.
Always inspect an apartment together with your potential landlord or property manager. Make a list of any problems you might find while you’re there, present them with it, and keep a copy of it for yourself. Now, let’s take a look at some things you should check before moving in.
Safety first
Don’t be afraid to light a match in an apartment you want to rent or buy. Check if smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, and make sure they’re installed in the proper areas. A smoke detector in the bathroom is not particularly helpful, but the one in the kitchen is.
Your front door should also be well secured, so make sure to check the locks and doorknobs to make sure they’re not old and wobbly.

The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in a house. It’s a place where you’ll be sleeping, so it needs to be ‘’green’’. Check what kind of paint is used on the walls because some paints contain VOCs. VOCs are volatile organic compounds, and they can have a negative effect on your overall health. Also, check for any mold and odors in the shelves and closets.
Living room
The living room should be a room where you can rest, watch TV, and have fun with your friends. Check if there are any cracks on the wall, and make sure to take a good look at the carpets. Worn out and dirty carpets are never a good sign.
If there’s a window in the living room, make sure to check if that window not cracked. Most people don’t know this, but it’s generally a good idea to check out any potential apartment while it’s raining. That way you’ll be able to see if the flat is fully waterproofed.

Boxes and furniture
If you’ve already found an apartment for yourself, then you only need to rent a truck. Picking the right truck hire company to move your furniture and stuff should be an easy task since most companies in Australia have experienced workers. However, when your movers arrive at your new address, you’ll want to check all the boxes and furniture to make sure everything arrived, and nothing was lost in the process.
Don’t forget to check if your electrical appliances and electronics you moved are working correctly. If the mover prepared and packed your devices properly before the move, you may be able to contact your insurance agency to make a claim.
Get to know your neighborhood and your neighbors. Being in good relations with people who live next to you can have numerous advantages. Since you’ll be residing in a neighborhood that’s completely new to you, it’s a good idea to introduce yourself and meet people who actually live around you. Get to know them, and they might help you with moving in, or they might be able to recommend cheap and experienced electricians and plumbers which you will inevitably need at some point.
Last but not least, don’t forget to ask your landlord about redecorating the apartment. Some landlords will let you do whatever you want, while some will want you to restrain yourself from doing any significant redecorating. Inform yourself about the neighborhood you plan to live in, check absolutely everything in an apartment you want to live in, settle down and make your new apartment feel like home you’ll love spending time in.

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