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Helping your College Student move in without (ALL OF) the Stress

Moving into your dorm or apartment as a college student is extremely exciting – until you factor in packing, transporting your stuff AND unpacking. Here are some tips on how to make moving in a little less painful —

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1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.

The worst part about moving is never knowing where any of your stuff is when you first touch down at your new place. Relieve some of your stress by packing an overnight bag that has everything you need for a day or two so you can shower and decompress after a long day of moving.

2. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing.

3. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, so you know what to unpack first.

Nothing is more frustrating than getting everything in your new place and then having no clue where it goes. Have your boxes labeled so that you (or your movers) can drop the boxes off in the rooms they are meant to go in. Saves you time in the long run.

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How to Reduce Stress while Apartment Hunting

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1. Make a list of your needs.

Know what kind of budget you’re working with, what kind of amenities you need and what you’re willing to go with out – and what you absolutely can’t.

2. Prepare your paperwork and your bank account.

Organization can make your life easier when things get hectic.

  • Three Recent Pay Stubs
  • Landlord reference or letter
  • Photo ID

3. Do some research

Make sure you know what kind of neighborhood you’re about to move into. Is it safe? Put in the address on http://www.watchdog.com and call the local sheriff’s office to see what the crime in like in the area.

4. Don’t be afraid to be thorough. 

Don’t be afraid to check the plumbing, open closets, ask about typical utility bills, or inquire about any potential pests or problems like leaks. Often agents will rush you through a showing and into a decision. Take your time, take pictures, and ask any questions that you feel are important.

5. Bring a trusted friend.

A trusted friend can be an important source of support during the apartment search. 

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How to Negotiate a Lease Renewal!

So you really like your place but you’re worried that renewing your lease might mean that your rent will raise – or maybe you want to see if you can lower your rent since you’re a trustworthy renter. Here are some tips on how to negotiate your lease renewal!

1. Show off what a great tenant you are

Note that you haven’t burned the place down, bounced a check, disturbed the neighbors, snuck a pet in, or broken a window.

2. Try to extend your lease.

Guaranteeing that you’ll stick with them might be worth more than an increased rent.

3. Offer money up-front.

4. Come up with some requests. Would you be willing to pay the increased rent if they’d just replace those awful, drafty windows? Or the crumbling grout in your bathroom? What if they agreed to bring an exterminator twice a month instead of once? How about access to the backyard?

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Tips on How to Make Moving (Mostly) Painless

Moving into your place is extremely exciting – until you factor in packing, transporting your stuff AND unpacking. Here are some tips on how to make morning a little less painful —

1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.

The worst part about moving is never knowing where any of your stuff is when you first touch down at your new place. Relieve some of your stress by packing an overnight bag that has everything you need for a day or two so you can shower and decompress after a long day of moving.

2. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing.

3. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.

Nothing is more frustrating than getting everything in your new place and then having no clue where it goes. Have your boxes labeled so that you (or your movers) can drop the boxes off in the rooms they are meant to go in. Saves you time in the long run.

4. Pack plates vertically – They’ll be less likely to break.

5. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in.

This is the most vital tip! Make sure that you take a picture of you rental before you move in to show any previous damage so that you do not get charged when your lease is up.

 

Happy moving!

 

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Facts on Renter’s Insurance – What Every Renter Should Know

In a survey, 52% of millennials said they don’t have renters insurance because they (wrongly) believe their landlord’s insurance will cover their personal property.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re covered under your property’s policy or that someone else will take care of the damages if it isn’t your fault.

KEEP YOURSELF PROTECTED!

Advantages of renter’s insurance—

  • Renter’s insurance covers more than stolen property

In addition to liability protection and reimbursement for stolen property, renter’s insurance provides coverage for damage caused by fire, lightning, smoke, windstorms, hail, and vandalism. Renter’s insurance also will cover your living expenses if you have to relocate during repairs.

  • Without renter’s insurance, you face liability

Renter’s insurance can help cover your legal costs and the injured person’s medical bills, but without it, you’re on your own. Personal liability protection covers unintentional bodily injury as well as property damage.

A small fee could keep you from big penalties for not having renter’s insurance in emergency situations. Prepare for the unexpected.

Check out more facts about renter’s insurance here!

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